Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Help Bring Late Night Lear to Life!

Join us in continuing the fun and creating an all-new Omaha community event (that’s free for all!) – with a one-night only, special late night performance of King Lear as part of Shakespeare On The Green this summer! 

In partnership with Big Canvas Improv, join us before the show for improv and stand-up comedy before the 10pm performance of King Lear.

Plus, a beer garden and food vendors! Fabulous raffle prizes include hammocks courtesy of Hayneedle, gift cards from your favorite Omaha restaurants/stores and more!

CLICK HERE to see how you can support the event and maximize your experience with a number of great perks!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest 2017!


Celebrating its 11th season, the Will's Best Friend Pet Costume Contest is accepting entries through June 19.

Owners can submit their pets in their best Shakespearean costume to be voted on by Nebraska Shakespeare followers.


  • Take a photo of your pet in a Shakespearean Costume.
  • Submit it using the online contest form. 
    • There is no fee/purchase necessary to enter. 
    • You and your pet must be able to attend the contest finals on July 6 to be considered for the top title: Will's Best Friend 2017.
  • Vote and tell your friends to vote between June 19 and July 2 

  • On June 19th, access to the contestants' photos will be available for voting.
  • You and your friends can vote once per day.
  • Voting will close on July 2 
  • The three contestants with the most votes will be invited to the finals at Shakespeare On The Green on July 6th.

TOP AWARDSContestants must be able to attend finals to be eligible:

  • Will's Best Friend (Overall Highest Score)
    • Prize: $50 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet) 
  • First Runner-Up (Second Highest Score in the Competition) 
    • Prize: $30 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet) 
  • Second Runner-Up (Third Highest Score in the Competition) 
    • Prize: $20 Gift Certificate to Long Dog, Fat Cat (+swag for your pet) 

JUDGES FAVORITESEven if you don't win a Top Award, you could still win one of our judges favorite categories, including:

  • Favorite King Lear costume 
  • Favorite Merry Wives of Windsor costume 
  • Purr-fect Costume (favorite cat costume) 
  • Bone-a-Fide Awesome (favorite dog costume) 
  • Most Exotic 
  • Most Photogenic 
  • Cutest 
  • Silliest 
  • And More 

  1. Pets must be on a leash. Nebraska Shakespeare is not responsible for the actions of your pets. Pets must be under control at all times. 
  2. Pets must be current on vaccinations. 
  3. Pets should be sociable with other animals, adults, and children and not aggressive about food, toys, or owner. 
  4. Pets must be comfortable in a loud and festive environment. Please be aware of the stress level of your pet at all times. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone. 
  5. Pets must be at least 4 months old since younger animals have weak or no immune systems. 
  6. NS reserves the right to refuse entrance or ask to leave anyone whose pet is exhibiting aggressive behavior. 
  7. Be prepared to clean up after your pet. 

Visit Nebraska Shakespeare's Facebook Page to Enter!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mad Libs Sonnet Madness.

“This cold night will turn us all to fools and madmen.” - King Lear

Nebraska Shakespeare's Anne Dittrick Sonnet Contest is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! 
We are so honored to offer this program every Spring, giving talented authors throughout Nebraska and beyond an opportunity to submit their original sonnets. 

Writing a sonnet is not easy. 
There are very specific rules and guidelines that must be followed, or at least understood. An author of a Shakespeare-style sonnet needs to not only be creative and expressive, but also linguistically flexible.
Shakespeare, who was a bit of a show-off, wrote 154 sonnets. But for all of us that lack a bit in the literary genius department, I have put together to Mad Lib Sonnets (based on Sonnet 23 and 29), so everyone can create their own "original" sonnet.
(Feel free to leave completed Mad Lib Sonnets in the comments)

Sonnet 23.5

                                                                         1. Emotion- 1 syllable
                                                                         2. Adjective- 1 syllable 
                                                                         3. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         4. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         5. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         6. Adjective- 1 syllable
                                                                         7. Noun- 1 syllable-rhyme with “might”
                                                                         8. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         9. Verb- 2 syllables
                                                                         10. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         11. Noun- 1 syllable- rhyme with “expressed”
                                                                         12. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         13. Verb- 1 syllable
                                                                         14. Body part- 1 syllable
                                                                         15. Adjective- 1syllable
                                                                         16. Emotion- one syllable
                                                                         17. Body part- 1 syllable

Sonnet 23.5
                                                As an unperfect actor on the stage, 
                                                Who with his (1.               ) is put besides his part,
                                                Or some (2.               ) (3.               ) replete with too much rage,
                                                Whose (4.               ) abundance weakens his own heart; 
                                                So I, for fear of (5.)               , forget to say 
                                                The (6.               ) ceremony of love's (7.               ), 
                                                And in mine own (8.               ) strength seem to decay,
                                                (9.               ) with burden of mine own love's might. 
                                                O let my (10.               ) be then the eloquence 
                                                And dumb presagers of my speaking (11.               )
                                                Who plead for (12.               ) and (13.               ) for recompense 
                                                More than that (14.               ) that more hath more expressed.
                                                O, learn to read what (15.               ) (16.               ) hath writ: 
                                                To hear with (17.               ) belongs to love's fine wit. 

Sonnet 29.5

                                                                         1. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         2. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         3. Verb- 2 syllables
                                                                         4. Adjective- 1 syllable
                                                                         5. Adjective- 2 syllables
                                                                         6. Verb- 1 syllable
                                                                         7. Verb- 1 syllable
                                                                         8. Noun- 1 syllable- ryhme with "scope"
                                                                         9. Possessive noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         10. Noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         11. Plural noun- 1 syllable
                                                                         12. Noun- 1 syllable- rhyme with “least”
                                                                         13. Animal- 1 syllable
                                                                         14. Plural location- 2 syllables 
                                                                         15. Verb- 1 syllable- rhymes with “kings”
                                                                         16. Verb- 1 syllable

Sonnet 29.5
                                                When, in disgrace with (1.               ) and (2.               ) eyes,
                                                I all alone (3.               ) my outcast state,
                                                And trouble (4.               ) heaven with my (5.               ) cries,
                                                And (6.               ) upon myself, and (7.               ) my fate,
                                                Wishing me like to one more rich in (8.               ),
                                                Featured like him, like him with (9.               ) possessed,
                                                Desiring this man’s (10.               ) and that man's scope,
                                                With what I most enjoy contented least;
                                                Yet in these (11.               ) myself almost despising,
                                                Haply I think on thee, and then my (12.               ),
                                                Like to the (13.               ) at break of day arising
                                                From sullen earth, sings hymns at (14.               ) gate;
                                                For thy sweet love remembered such wealth (15.               )
                                                That then I (16.               to change my state with kings.

If these Mad Libs inspired your own sonnet-writing voice, we are accepting submissions until May 15th at midnight!

All winning sonnets will be published in Shakespeare On The Green's annual program and read prior to each production this summer.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mark Your Calendar...

 The 20th Annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest! 
There is no entry fee so let your inner muse shine. 
The full Shakespeare On The Green company will vote on the winners.
Adult winner receives a cash prize, Middle & High School
receive free tuition to Camp Shakespeare. All winners receive  
reserved seating at Shakespeare On The Green

plus a Shakespeare On The Green season shirt!

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June 22 - 28July 6 & 8
July 5 - Late Night Lear 
Vincent Carlson-Brown, Director

Division creates a shattered and broken kingdom
where darkness and betrayal corrupt truth and purpose.
Heartache impedes repair.

June 29 - 30July 1, 2, 7 & 9
John Hardy, Director

Windsor is at a crossroads. All the elements that constitute
the town-social strata and the English language itself
are turned upside down.

Open to all and their pets.

Electronic entries. Winners will be announced and given
great prizes On The Green on July 6 by Long Dog Fat Cat.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Exclusive Discount for NS Followers - SOMETHING ROTTEN!

Broadway's hit, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, is coming to Omaha this month and Nebraska Shakespeare is teaming up with to bring you an exclusive offer!


With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!”(New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits.
When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon Squared!” (New York Magazine).


Use Promo Code Shakespeare for 25% off Orchestra Level Seats (Price Levels 1 and 2).
(Valid May 1 through May 15 at 11:59 PM.)


May 16 - 21, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre (409 S. 16th St, Omaha, NE 68102).