Thursday, July 25, 2019

#NEShakesEDTalks: On location from the folger library.

Katie goes to Washington DC and gives us a brief tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the world's largest Shakespeare collection.

Join us each week for a new NEShakesEDTalks topic. Visit us on YouTube for more video topics!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Soul of Wit: Anna Jordan

This week's interview features Anna Jordan. Anna is an actor, director, and educator, and will be traveling Nebraska for Shakespeare On Tour 2019: Othello

"Brevity is the soul of wit"

Soul of Wit is a brief interview series with the artists and artisans of Nebraska Shakespeare.  Listen to more interviews HERE

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Meet the Cast of Othello for the 14th annual season of Shakespeare On Tour!

This season's Othello will be the first time we take this play on the road as a part of Shakespeare On Tour, and we couldn't be more excited to share this challenging story across the region. Let's meet the cast!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

#NEShakesEDTalks: Shakespeare On The Green RECAP!

Our On The Green season - All's Well That Ends Well and Hamlet - has closed. We are thankful for all the people that made it happen.

Photo and video credits: Sarah Lynn Brown, Chris Holzmeier of Foton-Foto, Ezra Colon, and Tricia Mancuso Parks.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Late Night Hamlet is tonight!

Join us for a one-night-only after-dark performance of Hamlet at 10 PM.  

Come early for food, the MaMo Art Gallery, and beer garden by Zipline Brewing at 8 PM, and opening musical set by Mitch Gettman at 9 PM!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In The News: "Shakespeare-loving duo to celebrate 20th anniversary at 'Hamlet,' where it all began"

Shakespeare-loving duo to celebrate 20th anniversary at 'Hamlet,' where it all began

By Betsie Freeman / World-Herald staff writer

When Craig and Lara Marsh got married, the vows could have been “I do, or not I do.”

They took the plunge on July 3, 1999, onstage at Shakespeare on the Green. Now, 20 years later, they celebrated their anniversary Wednesday at the same Elmwood Park location, Nebraska Shakespeare’s home for 33 years.

Both Craig and Lara are involved in Omaha theater, Craig as an audio engineer and Lara as a freelance director and stage manager and a Nebraska Shakespeare employee since 1996. She also worked for many years at the Omaha Community Playhouse before she decided to pursue her master of arts degree.

“We have a great interest in the Elizabethan era,” Lara said. “We made (Shakespeare on the Green) a tradition, even in our dating days.”

So what better place to gather for a big platinum anniversary bash? Family and friends who share their love for Shakespeare, perhaps including a few who were present in 1999, were there. The festival’s party tent was theirs for the night, thanks to Nebraska Shakespeare, and they enjoyed sweet treats and drinks before attending a late-night performance of “Hamlet,” one of the Bard’s most frequently produced plays.

Back in the day, Lara said, she and Craig got lots of suggestions for their wedding.

“Everybody kept telling us what to do, and anything they said got crossed off our list and we did our own thing,” she said.

That thing was clasping hands in front of the set for “Macbeth,” one of the Bard’s other iconic tragedies, and repeating vows before a judge dressed as an English friar. Lara and Craig both wore heavy Elizabethan-era costumes which were quite stifling, Lara said, given the hot, gooey conditions that evening.

It also sprinkled a little on their wedding day, leaving them scrambling to cover up food and wedding paraphernalia.

They had no regrets. To this day, Lara says, they’re grateful that Nebraska Shakespeare allowed them to get married in a place that remains so meaningful to both of them. Friend Wesley Houston, who is the organization’s director of production, said he thinks the story is a great reminder of the many traditions created each year at the festival and “part of what makes our city a great place to live.”

Who cared about a little rain, Lara said.

“My husband told me rain is good luck on a wedding day.”

And for the Marshes, it was.

In The News: "Bertram never caught on in the U.S. but rings loud in Shakespeare lore"

Evans: Bertram never caught on in U.S. but rings loud in Shakespeare lore

By Cleveland Evans

“I am undone: there is no living, none, if Bertram be away.”

Those are the words of low-born Helena in Shakespeare’s “All’s Well that Ends Well,” part of this year’s Shakespeare on the Green programming. The next performance is 8 p.m. Friday on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus.

In “All’s Well,” Helena loves Bertram, Count of Roussillon. She cures the King of France of a debilitating illness with knowledge learned from her late physician father, on the condition she can choose one of his courtiers as her husband.

The king forces Bertram to marry Helena. Disgusted at Helena’s lower class origin, Bertram runs off to Italy. There, he tries to seduce Diana. Helena follows Bertram to Italy, disguises herself as Diana and tricks Bertram into going to bed with her.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Soul of Wit: Danielle Robertson

This week's non-podcast guest is actor Danielle Robertson!

In The News: I am the ROI: Sarah Brown

Nebraska Shakespeare is very fortunate to have partnerships with the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University that make our summer and year-round programming possible.

Our University partnerships provide us with spaces to create the beautiful costumes and impressive stages for Shakespeare On The Green, as well as housing support to bring engaging talent to the state.

But, more importantly, Creighton and UNO are teaching the next generation of theatre artists that will keep Nebraska a thriving artistic community for years to come.

50% of Nebraska Shakespeare's year-round staff was trained at either Creighton or UNO, and countless other actors and artists that make up our seasonal staff are current students or alumni of the Universities.

Here, Interim Artistic Director Sarah Lynn Brown, discusses being a student of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Click HERE to read the full article.