Thursday, December 10, 2015

Macbeth at Film Streams

Life . . . is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

December 11 - 24 
Film Streams
Ruth Sokolof Theater
(1340 Mike Fahey Street)

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a re-imagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature's most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.

Join us on Monday, December 21st at 6:30 PM
for a special screening of Macbeth
and a post-film discussion with 
Vincent Carlson-Brown, 
Artistic Director of Nebraska Shakespeare
and director of Nebraska 
Shakespeare On The Green's 2016
production of Macbeth.

December 11th - 14th, and 21st

The Shakespeare Collective (TSC) is our year-round
volunteer group that engages and connects young adults
who share support of Nebraska Shakespeare and a passion
for classic literature and/or promoting the arts across Nebraska. The Collective provides thoughtful and
meaningful volunteer opportunities to members, approximately 21- to 40-years-old, through
Shakespeare On The Green, while cultivating lifelong
relationships with the organization and arts.

Give the Gift of Shakespeare

The Gift of Camp Shakespeare: 

Early Bird Special - Save $25!

Send a child you know to two weeks of fun workshops, 
where he or she interacts with old and new friends alike, 
while improving their grades and confidence. 
Camp Shakespeare 2016 runs June 27-July 10
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The Gift of Membership - $250

Great for you, a friend, or both! 
Reserved seating for up to 4 guests per play at 
Shakespeare On The Green, name recognition in the 
souvenir program, and shuttle service right to your seat.
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On The Green. Get to meet your actor.
Shakespeare On The Green 2016 runs June 23-July 10.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Director's Reading 2015 - CORIOLANUS

We hope that you will join us for this year's addition to 

the Director's Reading Series: Coriolanus

No sets. No costumes. No lights. 
Enjoy a glass of wine and an intimate engagement between 
the actors, the audience, and the text.

November 15, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Corkscrew Wine and Cheese (and Shakespeare!)

3908 Farnam Street - Free Admission

A discussion follows outlining important themes, challenges of production, and conceptual 
interpretations. The Reading Series is an opportunity for our audience to hear the rarely-produced works of William Shakespeare, presented by Nebraska Shakespeare actors, and engage in dialogue about the play with the Artistic Director.

About The Text from Artistic Director, Vincent Carlson-Brown:

Coriolanus, Roman warrior, returns home after his latest
victory over the rebel Volsces. Pride. Duty.

The Senate quickly makes a motion to elect him Consul of Rome, but 
Coriolanus, uneasy with the accolades, shuns praise and
turns away from the noise of the people. Ego? Vanity?

The people of Rome, tired of the temperament of their hero,
banish him from the city. Civility. Politics.

Coriolanus turns against the nation for which he bears a dozen scars, and
joins with the enemy Volsces in a march to bring war and
destruction upon the Romans. Betrayal. Consequence.

The fate of a government, a nation, a people is tied to
the impulses of a single man. Revenge. Or Mercy?

The Actors:

Chloe Armao, Sarah Carlson-Brown, Vincent Carlson-Brown,
Konrad Case, Susie Collins, Raydell Cordell III, Jamie Fields,
Mallory Freilich, Stephanie Jacobson, Anna Jordan, Matt Olsen,
Gordon Spencer, Kabin Thomas, and Nick Zadina,

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Thou Art Not Invited...

In lieu of a fundraising event this year,
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Monday, September 28, 2015

As You Like It - Meet the On Tour Cast

Chloe Armao
Rosalind (Ganymede)
This is Chloe’s second season with Shakespeare On Tour after making her debut as Miranda in The Tempest. Originally from Colorado and currently based out of Minneapolis, Chloe has recently appeared in The Crucible (Guthrie Theater), Skin Deep Sea (Workhaus Collective), The Real Thing (Paragon Theater Company), Crazy for You, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (St. Croix Festival Theater), Rock Bottom (Minnesota Fringe Festival) and Inconvenient Truths (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program where she appeared in A Month in the Country, Peter Piper, and Macbeth (Globe Theater).

Vincent Carlson-Brown
Charles and Jaques
This year marks Artistic Director Vincent Carlson-Brown’s 16th season with Nebraska Shakespeare, having appeared in seventeen productions On the Green. Vincent graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in 2004. Vincent has toured with Utah Shakespeare, NTC Productions, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and for six years of Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour. Vincent has been the fight director for six seasons in addition to directing the On Tour productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, and Twelfth Night. In 2011, Vincent was brought on as Associate Artistic Director and given the opportunity to direct The Comedy of Errors in 2012. Since then, he has directed Titus Andronicus, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and As You Like It On the Green.

Konrad Case
Orlando and Corin
This is Konrad’s third season with Shakespeare On Tour. Fun fact: As You Like It was Konrad's very first professional credit and he's honored to be a part of this production! Earlier this year, Konrad toured Connecticut with The National Theatre for Children and appeared as Orlando in As You Like It and Roderigo in Othello On The Green. Konrad has worked professionally in Omaha for the last 14 years. He would like to thank Jamie, Kale, and his Mom for all of their continued love and support! ‘Don't miss the sunrise.’

Jamie Fields
Celia (Aliena)
Jamie is beyond thrilled to be making her Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour debut! Previous acting credits include the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, Black Hills Playhouse, National Theatre for Children, and the Omaha Theater Company at the Rose. In 2014, Jamie graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of South Dakota. She would like to thank her fantastic boyfriend and wonderful family for the never-ending support and tolerance of her bad jokes.

Mallory Freilich
Duke Senior and Touchstone
This is Mallory’s first season with Shakespeare On Tour. Mallory graduated from UNO with her MA in Theatre focusing on performance. She received her B.F.A from Creighton University in 2011. Some of her most recent roles include Montano in Othello, Judith in Freakshow, Svetlana in Mixtape, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Only Glassheart in Glassheart; and Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa. She and fellow students attended the Po Saule theatre festival in Siauliai, Lithuania, where they presented Vice and Virtue: America on Stage, a selection on American written scenes and songs. She is thrilled to be returning to the Shakespeare stage.

Anna Jordan           
Le Beau, Phoebe, and Forester
Anna is very excited to be back on the Nebraska Shakespeare stage after appearing in the On The Green production of As You Like It this summer and in The Tempest and The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) last summer. Anna is a graduate of UNO, where she received her BA in Theatre with a focus in Acting and Directing. Her credits at UNO include: Hedda Gabler (Hedda, Irene Ryan semi-finalist), As You Like It (assistant director), The Vagina Monologues (director), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne Schwartzangrubinerre), The Cripple of Inishmaan(Eilleen Osbourne, Irene Ryan Nominee), Titus Andronicus, and The Archaeology of Dreams. She also performed in the Joslyn Castle Literary Festival and Great Plains Theatre Festival.

Jack Mackie
Duke Frederick and Silvius

Jack is thrilled to return for his second season with Shakespeare On Tour. He appeared as Oliver in As You Like It and Cassio in Othello On The Green. Last year he performed as Ferdinand in The Tempest, the Knight in The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and Antonio and Trinculo in the On Tour production of The Tempest. This spring, he worked with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival on their educational tour of Macbeth in New York. Jack is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.

Matthew R. Olsen
Oliver and Amiens
This is Matthews first season On Tour after appearing as Corin in As You Like It and Gratiano in Othello On The Green. Matthew spent last year as a company member of the Asolo Repertory Theatre as Rudolph (The Matchmaker) and Dell (Both Your Houses, dir. Frank Galati). Other recent credits include Theseus/Oberon/Snug (Midsummer), Lee (True West), Frank (The School for Lies), Uncle Peck (How I Learned to Drive) and John (Oleanna). Matthew holds his MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota, FL and his BFA from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He would like to thank his family for their love and support.

Check out our website for more info about Shakespeare On Tour

Monday, September 21, 2015

As You Like It - Tour Dates

Friday, September 25
Omaha Benson High School

Monday, September 28, 2015
Papillion LaVista High School
Omaha Central High School

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Holy Cross Catholic High School

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Lincoln East High School
Lincoln NorthStar High School

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Blessed Sacrament School

Friday, October 2, 2015
Durham Teacher's Night

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015
Lewis and Clark

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Lexington High School

Thursday, October 8, 2015
King Science
Ralston High School

Friday, October 9, 2015
Bellevue East High School

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015
Alice Buffett Middle School

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Kearney Catholic High School

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Cozad High School

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Elkhorn South High School

Friday, October 16, 2015
Morton Middle School

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015
Valentine High School
St. Mary Catholic School

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Lincoln NorthEast High School

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Omaha Burke High School
Mount Michael

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Lincoln SouthWest High School
Lincoln Science Focus High School

Friday, October 23, 2015
Norfolk High School

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Congratulations to our Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest Winners

After receiving 324 votes over three days of voting, 
our online audience chose three semi-finalists, 
from which our judges chose the winner 
and title-holder of Will's Best Friend 2015:

Will's Best Friend 2015:
Leonardo DiCatrio dressed as Romeow

First Runner-Up:
Mouse dressed as Touchstone
from As You Like It

Second Runner-Up:
Zipper dressed as King Lear
from King Lear

In addition to our top prizes, our judges chose 
their favorites from various categories:

Best As You Like It Themed Costume:
Nasha as Touchstone

Best Othello Themed Costume:
Da Vinci as Othello

Purrfect Costume (Best Cat):
Chester as Lord Cat-ulet

Bone-a-fide Awesome (Best Dog):
Rex as Orlando

Most Photogenic:
Cassi as Ganymede

Winnie as Witch (Macbeth)

"Double double toil and trouble, 
get this hat off me I want to cuddle!"

Chloe as Titania (MIdsummer Night's Dream)

Mr. Chow as "To BEE, or not to BEE"

Miss Congeniality:
Gianna as Anna from Merry Wives

Best Hat:
Pyrrha as Rosalind

Best Casual-Wear:
Stella as William Shakespeare

We want to thank our Judges: 
Indre Sebutyte from Long Dog, Fat Cat
Larry Uebner from the Nebraska Humane Society
Andrea Hoig from Spirit of Omaha and
Sarah Carlson-Brown from Nebraska Shakespeare.

And a very special thank you to co-sponsor 
Long Dog, Fat Cat

Thank you to all who participated and congratulations 
again to our 2015 Will’s Best Friend Winners.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thank you for a great opening weekend of AS YOU LIKE IT

As You Like It, directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown, kicked-off the 29th season of Shakespeare On The Green on Thursday, June 18th

The production opened to enthusiastic audiences, reaching a total of 3,498 people in the first weekend.

"excellent performances and a versatile set, [...] Nebraska Shakespeare, the presenting organization, has a winner."
-Betsie Freeman, Omaha World Herald

Along with the opening of As You Like It, the 18th heralded the return of our Scholars Forum and Shakesperience!

Forum attendees were privy to behind the scenes info and insight into topics including the conceptualization of the production, designs, puppetry, music, and more!

The evenings were rounded out by performances by Madrigal singers, sonnets from Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest Winners, and great food, souvenirs, and raffles in Founders' Towne Square.

We hope that you'll join us for the opening of Othello, on Thursday, June 25th.

What to look forward to in the upcoming weeks:

Check out for more information about Shakespeare On The Green and Nebraska Shakespeare's year-round programming.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest Winners

This year marked our 18th season for the Anne Dittrick Sonnet Contest. 

After receiving 93 adult and student sonnets, our judging panel of professional poets and Shakespeare Scholars voted the following sonnets as our winners:

Adult/Post-Secondary Winner

Michael Harty

Michael Harty has had a long career as a psychologist and psychoanalyst, a briefer career as a poet, and generally finds that the two facilitate each other. He is fond of the sonnet form, which combines lyricism with structure. His poetry has appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Lyric, Measure, Comstock Review, I-70 Review, and Texas Poetry Calendar, and in 2014 he published a chapbook, The Statue Game. He lives with his wife Jean in the suburbs of Kansas City.

Response to Sonnet 19

When glorious morning yields to afternoon
And thence to evening, should we then be grieved?
If clouds turn gray that seemed to once festoon
The east with strands of gold, are we bereaved?

When dewy blossoms dry, the grounded lark
Goes songless to her forested retreat,
And shadows lengthen with advancing dark,
Is Nature's face less comely, time less sweet?

I hold the evening equal to the morn --
The shaded colors lovely as the bright,
The new-fledged leaf not finer than the worn,
The glow of sunset fair as dawn's new light –

For fading beauty's beauty nonetheless,
And all the sweeter for its passingness.

High School Winner

Mary Johnson, Millard North High School

Mary will be a sophomore this August at Millard North High School. In her spare time she likes to play violin and read. Mary started violin lessons when she was four. She is a member of the Youth Symphony with the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. Mary was introduced to Shakespeare in 9th grade English class, where they read Romeo and Juliet. It was that unit that introduced her to sonnet-writing, which she enjoys immensely. When Mary wrote Gemstones of Night, she was watching the rain out her bedroom window at midnight. The starlight reflected on the rain, making it glitter as it ran into the gutter. This gave her the idea for the sonnet.

Gemstones of Night

When the proud sun departs the azure sky

The shimm’ring opal moon comes out to shine
Her handmaids, glitt’ring diamonds ‘hind her fly
As constellations, stars in wild line

Their gentle light encompasses the world
Enveloped in night’s spreading sapphire cloak
Illuminating leaves by moonlight pearled
Made emerald, crystalline upon an oak

In contrast to that silv’ry light so bold
A far off planet sparkles ruby red
The richest lord decked out in wealth and gold
Has no jeweled crown so glam’rous for his head

‘Tis true that human kind, while rather bright
Can craft no gems as fine as those of night

Middle School Winner

Dayton Linhardt, Gretna Middle School

Dayton Linhardt is 14 years old and has lived in Gretna, NE., since birth. This fall he will be a freshman attending Gretna High School. Dayton enjoys creative writing and making people laugh, and he does just that with his quirky sense of humor. In addition, Dayton has a passion for music and will be joining the clarinet section of the GHS Varsity Marching Band in the upcoming school year. Dayton is looking forward to a full summer attending numerous band camps, being part of a missions team traveling to Nashville, TN., enjoying the outdoors, and eating Taco Bell whenever possible.

Fiery Love: Taco Bell

I like to eat tacos in my freetime.
I really like to eat at Taco Bell.
When I can’t have it, sometimes I do cry.
When I can’t have my tacos, I’m in Hell.

Green apple and cherry are the slushies.
Fountain drinks and free water are my life.
Strawberry lemonade and ice-cold tea.
You find the sauce and napkins by the knives.

Crunchy and spicy cinnamon twisties,
Cinnabon delights and the churros too,
Why their food is so good is a myst’ry.
Sometimes Taco Bell makes me have to poo.

Taco Bell will 4ever be my life,
I wish that I could make it my own wife.

Thank you to everyone who submitted sonnets!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Shakespeare On The Green - Check out our 2015 Menu!

Take advantage of the great food options On The Green!

2015 vendors include the return of Prairie Fire Pizza and Lauren Beth's Popcorn and newcomers, Piccolo's Mobile Venue and Made It Myself Shaved Ice.

Performances start at 8:00 PM, but come early to get good seats and great food!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Auditions for Shakespeare On Tour 2015

Nebraska Shakespeare will hold auditions for the professional company of artists to perform in its 2015 Season of Shakespeare On Tour:

As You Like It 

by William Shakespeare

directed by Sarah Carlson-Brown

Residency Dates: September 6 - October 23
Performances: September 26 - October 23

Auditions will be held at Creighton University's Lied Education Center for the Arts (24th and Cass) in Omaha, NE at 7 PM on Monday, June 29th.

This year’s On Tour company will consist of 5 men and 3 women. All contracts are non-Equity. Prepared monologues are not needed. Sides will be provided. Those auditioning will also be asked to sing. All actors are encouraged to audition.

Audition Facts At-A-Glance

Location: Lied Education Center
Creighton University (24th and Cass)
Omaha, NE 68178
Date: June 29th (Monday)
Time: 7:00 PM
Preparation: Sides will be provided.
Those auditioning may be asked to sing.
Nebraska Shakespeare's touring production of As You Like It will focus on Shakespeare's greatest female protagonists, Rosalind and Celia, as they discover the meaning of love, loss, and the bond of true friendship. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, this production will dive down the rabbit hole to uncover the playful, whimsical side of this classic Shakespeare comedy.

Actors also serve as educators. Nebraska Shakespeare On Tour is designed to use the work of William Shakespeare to offer a multitude of educational activities that illuminate and examine the themes of Shakespeare’s plays; broaden students’ vocabulary, word analysis skills, and capacity for comprehension and fluency of text; and to allow students hands-on knowledge of theatre as an art-form.

Actors assist in the loading of scenic, costume, and prop items. Those hired must be able to routinely move objects weighing 50-75 lbs.

For more information about Shakespeare On Tour, or for a list of Character Descriptions or Audition Sides, visit