Thursday, February 21, 2019

This week's #NEShakesEDTalks video: Stage Fright 😨

Looking back on my start in theatre

by Katie Becker Colón

When I was a teenager, my favorite place in the world was an old pool bathhouse that had been converted into a 100-seat black box theatre. Even though Kansas summers can be humid and scorching hot, the inside of the theatre was always dark and cool. The shop smelled like hair spray and sawdust. The walls and floor were smooth and ridged from so many coats of paint.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Save the Dates for Nebraska Shakespeare's Female-Forward Season

Performances by women take center-stage in Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2019 season

Nebraska Shakespeare's 2019 season will give added focus to female participation in the arts and the female voice. Fulfilling our 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 through multiple genres.

Season 33 will be a celebration of the Nebraska Shakespeare's pledge to seek equal opportunities for female professionals. Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to be among the growing roster of theatre organizations across the nation that have committed to the ‘50/50 in 2020’ initiative.

Deborah Steinberg, WomenArts spokesperson, explains the ‘50/50 in 2020’ initiative supports parity for female theatre professionals. “The movement supports works written, directed, and/or designed by women in the professional theatre and advocates for more opportunities for women to be involved in professional productions,” Steinberg said.

The highlight of our female-forward season will be a production of All’s Well That Ends Well utilizing Nebraska Shakespeare's Juno’s Swans company, which employs an all-female cast to perform every character within a play – including those written to be performed by a male. Many roles in other performances throughout the season will likewise be cross-gendered to allow added female participation and target a 50/50 distribution of male and female performances.

We're no stranger to casting against a character’s written gender to provide opportunities for women; as stages in Shakespeare’s time prohibited performances by women, Shakespeare wrote fewer roles for the men who played women and those roles typically consisted of fewer lines. As a response, Interim Artistic Director, Sarah Brown, started Juno’s Swans in 2016 and, prior to that, traditionally male roles in many of Nebraska Shakespeare productions were cast with female performers.

For the past 32 years, Nebraska Shakespeare has been thrilled to work with countless talented actors,” says Interim Artistic Director, Sarah Brown.Since Shakespeare wrote so few parts for women, however, we have only had the opportunity to work with a small percentage of local and national female artists. In our 33rd year, Nebraska Shakespeare is focusing on a Female Forward season, offering opportunities to more female artists than ever before.

Nebraska Shakespeare’s 2019 season kicks off on March 4, 2019, with a partnership with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to explore films inspired by Shakespeare, and concludes in October with the educational touring production of Othello. 2019 sees the return of the flagship program Shakespeare On The Green, which will feature All’s Well That Ends Well and Hamlet.

The season listing with dates is included below. Memberships are available now, offering reserved VIP seating and other perks at this summer’s admission-free Shakespeare On The Green performances. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Check out our new weekly video series, #NEShakesEDTalks

This week’s #NEShakesEDTalks video topic: What is a monologue and how can we use it in everyday life? Katie answers the question for professional theatre artists, emerging artists, and life learners who love Shakespeare.

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