Friday, December 28, 2018

Thank You for an Amazing Year of Shakespeare!

-William Shakespeare

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of Nebraska Shakespeare, a huge thank you to everyone who played a part in making our 2018 season such a memorable one! 

From our amazing audiences and donors who came to our shows this year, to the company members (cast, crews, design and production teams, front-of-house volunteers and staff) who showed such incredible talent and energy...we are grateful to ALL of you for caring about this 32-year-old community tradition and contributing to its success. You make Nebraska Shakespeare happen!

Between all of our programs, we had 51 performances all together! This included two plays we had never performed before, Edward III and King John (a Nebraska premiere!), as well as some of our favorites: Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night's Dream !

Needless to say...a lot of great Shakespeare happened this year. So, thank you again for a fantastic season, and we can’t wait to share what the 2019 season holds for everyone!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

A Message from Sarah Brown

Dear Friends,
For the past 32 years, Nebraska Shakespeare has been thrilled to work with countless talented actors. 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.
Over the past three seasons, Juno's Swans, our all-female performance program, has presented The Taming of the Shrew, Richard 3 and Julius Caesar to rave reviews. This summer, Nebraska Shakespeare is honored to welcome Juno's Swans to the Shakespeare On The Green stage in 2019, presenting All’s Well That Ends Well
Pairing with All’s Well will be one of the favorites: Hamlet. This production, directed by NS veteran Dr. John Hardy, will unearth the heart of Shakespeare's most famous play, exploring a broken family surrounded by a politically unstable country. John's commitment to thoughtful, engaging, and exciting Shakespeare will make this a production you definitely do not want to miss! 
Nebraska Shakespeare's Mission is to create entertaining, challenging productions and immersive educational experiences that connect our diverse community to Shakespeare's exploration of what it means to be human. Season 33 will be no exception. Every Juno's Swans performance concludes with a discussion, allowing our audience to discuss the themes, relevance and gender exploration of All's Well. And Shakespeare's most complex character, Hamlet, allows audiences to approach questions of action, consequence, duty and morality like no other character can. 
Nebraska Shakespeare is able to create these dynamic experiences FREE to our community because of generous supporters like you. I would be honored if you would contribute to our #AllsWellThatStartsWell campaign to jump-start this very important 2019 season.
We cannot wait to share this exciting season with you! See you On The Green!

Thanks, thanks, and ever thanks- 
Sarah Brown 
Interim Artistic Director


Photo 1: Juno's Swans 1st production of The Taming of the Shrew.
Photo 2: Year Two - Richard 3
Photo 3: Juno's Swans 2018 - Julius Caesar
Photo 4: An interactive discussion is held following every performance.


Photo 1: Casey Kizziah performed as NS’s very first Hamlet in 1988.
Photo 2: Hamlet (Bradford Farwell), along with Marcellus (Terry Brennan) and 
Horatio (Kristopher Gordon Kling) in 2001.

Photo 3: Marcus Kyd as Prince Hamlet in a contemporary production in 2011.
Photo 4: Our most recent Hamlet, Matthew Olsen, with Chloe Armao as Ophelia in the 2016 tour.