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Friday, March 06, 2015

FSC 2015 Open Auditions: March 28 and 30

Flatwater Shakespeare Company's 2015 Plays:  
As You Like It and Hamlet.

Dates of  Auditions:  
Saturday March 28, 2015 – 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday March 30, 2015 – 7:00PM – 9:00 PM 

Room 16 – Lower level, Temple Building
12th and R St. on the UNL campus.  
Enter through the south entrance on 12th St.

As You Like It opens June 4 and runs four weekends, Thursdays through Sundays, at 7:00 PM through June 28. This is our “Free in the Parks” tour, which begins with a week at The Swan Theatre in Wyuka Cemetery and then plays at various open-air locations throughout Lincoln. Actors will be expected to help with set up and take down at these locations. All actors will receive $400. Rehearsals will start April 26.

The parts of Rosalind, Touchstone, and Jaques have been cast. There are fifteen other great roles available.

Hamlet opens Sept. 17 and runs at The Swan Theatre at Wyuka Cemetery for three weekends, Thursdays through Sundays, at 7:00 PM through Oct. 4. Actors will receive $300.  Rehearsals will begin approximately August 3.

Hamlet and Polonius have been cast. There are twelve to fifteen other great roles available.

You can perform one or two memorized Shakespearean speeches of your choice. If you haven’t time to memorize two speeches, or if you feel your memorization is shaky, you may read your speech. If you are too unfamiliar with Shakespeare to feel comfortable selecting a speech, we will provide some monologues at the auditions.

If you have them, please bring a picture and resume – however, the important thing is to show up. We’ll help with the rest.

Flatwater Shakespeare both encourages and is committed to non-traditional casting; we will be looking for people of all ethnicities and genders. For more information about Flatwater Shakespeare, visit www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.

Have questions? Contact us: flatwatershakespearecompany@gmail.com

Monday, February 09, 2015

Flatwater Shakespeare Website Re-Launch!

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website,

This is where you can stay up to date on all the latest FSC news, 

learn more about the company, or contact us directly! 

Please stop on by, and we hope you greatly enjoy your visit!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Baltimore Consort offers 
"The Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare" 
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Sheldon Museum
(12th and R Streets)
Friday, February 13! 
Free Open Dress Rehearsal 3-4p. 
Pre-concert Talk by Steve Buhler 
(of Flatwater Shakespeare and UNL English) 7p. 
Concert, with artists reception to follow 7:30p. 
Presented by the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music. 
For ticket information, call 402-435-5454.

Monday, December 15, 2014

What's New for 2015!

Here's what the Flatwater Shakespeare Company has planned for 2015 -- including the Baltimore Consort performing Shakespearean music (presented by the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music and with a pre-concert talk by FSC Education Director Stephen Buhler), As You Like It and Hamlet both directed by Bob Hall, and a return to the Swan Theatre! Please consider a contribution to Flatwater Shakespeare at the end of 2014 to support it all!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Shout Out to Grandpa Snazzy's!


Kat and Will Cover's Grandpa Snazzy's Victorian Emporium Theatrical Rentals in Weeping Water, Nebraska gets some great and well-deserved press.

Kat recently designed and created period costumes for our Wild West The Comedy of Errors; Will, of course, assisted with the prop weapons.  They have been invaluable artistic associates of Flatwater Shakespeare for over a decade.  Bob Fischbeck of the Omaha World Herald provides a lovely profile of the couple and their shared business and devotion to stage and film work.

Photo Credit: Sarah Hoffman.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Digital Riches from the National Theatre, UK


This interactive exhibit, curated by Daniel Rosenthal, celebrates not only Shakespeare's role in the ongoing development of the National Theatre, 

but also the brilliant work of directors including Dominic Cooke, Richard Eyre, Peter Hall, David Hare, Nicholas Hytner, and Trevor Nunn; 

of designers including Hildegard Bechler, Alison Chitty, Eileen Diss, and Tim Hatley; 

of composers including Steven Edis and Mark Wilkinson;  

of performers including Norman Beaton, Jeremy Brett, Ian Charleson, Judy Dench, Henry Goodman, Yvette Harris, Lenny Henry, Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Adrian Lester, Anna Massey, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, and Michelle Terry, and so many more. 

Just follow the link and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Personal Connection

Ira Glass of This American Life ignited a firestorm recently by complaining that Shakespeare was not "relatable."  There's been commendable pushback against this judgment, along with worthwhile discussion about why so many people, like Glass, feel as though Shakespeare keeps them at arm's length. 

That's not the way we feel at Flatwater Shakespeare and we certainly don't want anyone involved with any of our productions and activities -- including audience members -- to feel that way, either.

We're fortunate, though, to be members of a community within larger communities: FSC is very much a part of Lincoln, Nebraska, and very much connected with other theater groups.  What has drawn us into Shakespeare is, most often, a personal connection -- working together as a team, receiving the guidance and encouragement of a mentor or teacher or director.  A sense of connection also comes from the elusive but persistent impression we receive in reading, watching, and acting in the plays that we are somehow getting to know their author and the personalities and communities that sustained his work.

Kevin Kline, appearing as Lear in the production that prompted Glass's outburst, pays tribute to the power of personal connection in this blog entry:


We are all invited to be part of "a long, unfolding history" of encounters with Shakespeare.  The Flatwater Shakespeare Company is especially proud of the young people who answered that invitation during this summer's youth production of The Comedy of Errors and of their director, Paden Alexander -- himself a "graduate" of our educational programs and now a regular cast member in our mainstage shows.