Monday, January 15, 2018

Announcing Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2018-19 Season of Plays and Events

Announcing Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2018-19 Season of Plays and Events:
Coriolanus by John Logan (screenplay), presented as part of Shakespeare On The Silver Screen.

Love's Labour's Won performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, presented as part of Shakespeare On The Silver Screen

Edward III by William Shakespeare, presented as part of the Director’s Reading Series

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, presented as part of Shakespeare On The Green

King John by William Shakespeare, presented as part of Shakespeare On The Green

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, presented as part of the all-female performance program, Juno’s Swans

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, traveling to schools and communities this fall as part of Shakespeare On Tour

War-wrought kings, banished heroes, mistaken identities, and magical mischief complete Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2018-19 season
Omaha, NE (January, 2018) – Nebraska Shakespeare has announced its 2018-19 season. Fulfilling the arts organization’s mission to create entertaining, challenging productions and immersive educational experiences, these selections embrace the mastery of Shakespeare’s works, while giving continued relevance to his words through engaging performance presented from multiple perspectives.

The upcoming season marks the company’s 32nd, and includes something for everyone, with boisterous comedies, suspenseful histories, and fantastical tales. “This year we are thrilled to explore and engage with A-list Hollywood actors in the Silver Screen viewing of Coriolanus; take an inside peek at a renowned English theatre company from Shakespeare's hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon, with the Royal Shakespeare Company's family-focused filmed-production of Love's Labour's Won; pick apart the argument of Shakespeare’s authorship with a reading of Edward III; and use the female experience and perspective to lay bare the politics and machinations of Juno's Swans all-female Julius Caesar,” said Artistic Director Vincent Carlson-Brown. “We will take a touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Nebraska's high schools and rural communities and, of course, present our 32nd season of Shakespeare On The Green to thousands of individuals and families, admission-free with the delightful Much Ado About Nothing and the rarely-seen, exclusive King John.”

“Nebraska Shakespeare celebrates Shakespeare's work through live productions,” Mr. Carlson-Brown continued. “We are looking forward to sharing a wide array of works in many ways in 2018.”

The season kicks off on February 21, 2018, with a festival exploring films inspired by Shakespeare, and concludes in October with the educational touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 2018 sees the return of the flagship program Shakespeare On The Green, which will feature Much Ado About Nothing and King John, as well as the company’s newest hit-program, Juno’s Swans, which will partner with The Blue Barn Theatre to present an all-female Julius Caesar. The full season listing with dates is included below. Memberships are available now, offering reserved VIP seating and other great perks at this summer’s admission-free Shakespeare On The Green performances.

THE 2018-19 NEBRASKA SHAKESPEARE SEASON:

A VENGEFUL HERO
Coriolanus, directed by Ralph Fiennes. Screenplay by John Logan, play by William Shakespeare.
February 21, 2018, at Aksarben Cinema

Famine is causing discontent in Rome. Coriolanus, a great soldier and a man of inflexible self-belief, despises the people. His extreme views ignite a riot which leaves Rome bloody. Out-maneuvered by politicians and even his own mother, Coriolanus is banished. He allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. Each screening for Shakespeare On The Silver Screen will include an interactive discussion following the film, led by Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown.



A ROUNDABOUT PATH TO FINDING LOVE
Love's Labour's Won, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Play by William Shakespeare.
February 28, 2018, at Aksarben Cinema

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. Set amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, where youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.The Royal Shakespeare Company’s performance is perfect for the whole family. Each screening for Shakespeare On The Silver Screen will include an interactive discussion following the film, led by Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown.


A COVETOUS KING
Edward III, a reading directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown.
April 22, 2018, at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese – Blackstone

King Edward III – quick-tempered, arrogant and self-serving – attempts to steal the throne of France, as well as the beautiful wife of the Earl of Salisbury. A part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha, Edward III was published anonymously in 1596. A consensus is emerging that the play was written by a team of dramatists including Shakespeare early in his career – but exactly who wrote what is still open to debate. Join us as Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown, and a team of talented actors explore the text and discuss the debate in authorship.


A QUICK TONGUE & A FALSE DEATH
Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Susan Baer Collins. Play by William Shakespeare.
June 21-24, July 2*, 5, 7, 2018, as part of Shakespeare On The Green

Benedick and his friend Claudio return from war and become reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite a more combative courtship. Shakespeare’s popular comedy kicks off this summer’s Shakespeare On The Green.
*An after-dark performance of Much Ado About Nothing will be presented on July 2, 2018.


A LOOK AT INHERITANCE & ILLEGITIMACY
King John, directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown. Play by William Shakespeare.
June 28 – 30, July 1, 6, 8, 2018, as part of Shakespeare On The Green

Richard the Lionheart is dead. His brother, John, has become king of England. The French King wages war in support of Arthur’s (John’s nephew) claim to the throne. Meanwhile, another member of the royal bloodline is discovered – Richard Lionheart’s bastard son – who joins the fray. King John will run in repertory with Much Ado About Nothing to round out this year’s Shakespeare On The Green offerings.


A FEMALE TAKE ON CONSPIRACY & ASSASSINATION’S AFTERMATH
Julius Caesar, directed by Sarah Carlson-Brown. Play by William Shakespeare.
July, 2018, at The Blue Barn Theatre.

Conspirators – some high-minded like the noble Brutus, others not – plot the assassination of the dictator Julius Caesar to save the Roman republic from tyranny. Juno’s Swans, Nebraska Shakespeare’s all-female performance company, will present the play through the feminine experience and outlook.


AN ENCHANTED FOREST, SPARRING LOVERS, & TERRIBLY COMIC ACTORS PUTTING ON A PLAY
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown. Play by William Shakespeare.
September and October, 2018, as part of Shakespeare On Tour

Four young lovers find themselves in an enchanted forest where hobgoblins and fairies rule. Oddities and mischievous love are presented through which gender-swapped lovers, Lysandre, Demetria, Helenus, and Hermian, must navigate, confronting heartbreak in every shadow to uncover true love that is precious, delicate, and rare. This fall, Shakespeare On Tour will travel to schools and communities throughout Nebraska to bring Shakespeare’s comedy to life for students and families that may not otherwise have the chance to experience the richness of his stories and language.


ADMISSION INFORMATION
Tickets for Coriolanus are $10 and will be available in February.

Performances of Edward III, Love's Labour's Won, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing and King John are presented admission-free. $25 suggested donations to these events support Nebraska Shakespeare’s year-round performances and programming.

Membership Opportunities:

$100
Green Level members receive ground seating for four people, front and center, at Shakespeare On The Green.

$250
Bronze Level members receive VIP chair seating for four at Shakespeare On The Green and shuttle service to the park.

$500
Silver Members receive all Bronze level perks, plus reserved parking for one vehicle at Shakespeare On The Green.

$1000
Gold Members receive all Silver level perks, plus two additional chairs and attendance at the Cast Welcome Event.

$2500
Platinum Members receive all Gold level perks, plus use of the Party Tent prior to a performance at Shakespeare On The Green (accommodates 30 guests).

$5000+
Sponsor status for a Nebraska Shakespeare performance or event.

Additional information about the 2018-19 season and membership opportunities can be found at www.nebraskashakespeare.com or by emailing info@nebraskashakespeare.com.


Under the leadership of Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber; Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown; and the Board of Directors, Nebraska Shakespeare’s mission is to create entertaining, challenging productions as well as immersive educational experiences that connect our diverse community to Shakespeare's exploration of what it means to be human. On stage, in the classroom and through collaborative partnerships, we create, engage, and inspire. Now in its 32nd year, Nebraska Shakespeare serves 40,000 individuals annually through performances and educational forums. NebraskaShakespeare.com

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