Friday, January 18, 2019

Get to know Katie

by Katie Becker Colón

One of the young men I was teaching had been punished with solitary confinement during the week. For the prisoners at the Highlands Juvenile Detention Center, solitary meant going to their room (which contained only a built-in platform, a plastic-coated mattress, a pillow, a sheet, and a blanket), but it meant going into the room without the customary paperback novel. They were alone with their thoughts.

Standing in his orange jumpsuit, socks, and plastic slide sandals, the young man shared with me that he played the Red Rubber Ball game while he was in solitary confinement. It was his tool to fight boredom.

The Red Rubber Ball game was one of the first games I taught the group of 8 young men I met with every week. We gathered together in the Detention Center gym – me in my approved street clothes and shoes, them in their jumpsuits and sandals – and for two hours, we worked through theatre games and exercises as a security officer watched from the sidelines.

I pulled an imaginary Red Rubber Ball out of my back pocket and held it up for all of them to see, "This is a red rubber ball."
"No, it's not!"
"There's nothing there."
"You are crazy."

Friday, January 11, 2019

Audition Workshops

January 19th and 20th

UNO Community Engagement Center

Sarah Brown, director of All’s Well That Ends Well, and Director of Education, Katie Becker Colón, will provide audition direction and guidance to prepare an actor for the Nebraska Shakespeare auditions taking place on Saturday, February 2nd, and Sunday, February 3rd, at Creighton University.

There will be two hour-long sessions on each day:

11:00 am or 1:00 pm

(Please join us for either session.)

Bring one prepared (memorized) Shakespeare piece (any
gender/age/type you wish). The workshop will be collaborative and hands-on.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by CLICKING HERE.

Monday, January 7, 2019

We're Hiring for the 2019 season of Shakespeare On The Green!

Nebraska Shakespeare is currently seeking the artists and artisans to comprise the company for the 2019 season of Shakespeare On The Green, presenting All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet.

Nebraska Shakespeare is a non-profit professional theatre organization committed to providing free presentations of the works of William Shakespeare in a beautiful outdoor setting for a diverse, contemporary audience. Shakespeare On The Green is presented each summer in cooperation with Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the City of Omaha.

Shakespeare on the Green is one of only a handful of admission free events across the country.

Location:Presented under the stars in a natural amphitheater set in Omaha's beautiful Young Park (411-1/2 N Elmwood Rd).

Audience:A diverse gathering from across the region. Average annual audience of nearly 20,000 people. Some audiences exceed 5,000.

All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet
June 20 through July 7

Technicians: May 13th through July 12th
Acting Company: May 21st through July 7th

General Work ConditionsActors, Directors, and Management work six days a week, ordinarily with Monday as the day off. The scene shop operates Monday through Saturday. The costume shop operates Tuesday through Saturday. Rehearsals and Costume build take place at Creighton University's theatre building (Lied Education Center for the Arts). Scenic and properties build takes place at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Facilities include two rehearsal halls, costume shop, scene shop, dye room, callboards, and meeting and office spaces.

RehearsalsThere are two four-hour rehearsal periods in the workday: one in the afternoon (typically 12-4 PM) and a second in the evening (typically 6-10 PM). Technical and dress rehearsals run as late as 1 AM with appropriate adjustments made in the afternoon rehearsals.

Work Calls Scenic shop work calls are typically from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM with two 15 minute breaks and 30 minutes for lunch. Costume shop work calls are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Props and paint generally follow the scene shop schedule and crafts follow the costume shop schedule. Lighting calls run with the scene shop until focus. Once the company moves into technical rehearsals, the schedules will change.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Season 33 Auditions

Auditions for Nebraska Shakespeare's 2019 season are just around the corner! We're looking for the professional company that will perform the Shakespeare On The Green productions of Hamlet and All's Well That Ends Well, as well as the touring company for Othello!

Auditions will be held in New York on January 8th through 10th , and in Omaha on February 2nd and 3rd . Audition slots are available now!