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Friday, April 11, 2014

Jazz Legend Delfeayo Marsalis Speaks on Ellington and Shakespeare





Jazz Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis will present a free public lecture titled “Sweet Thunder: Ellington, Shakespeare and the Blues” on Monday, April 14 at 5 p.m. in the Love Library Auditorium, 102 Love Library, on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s city campus.

Marsalis will discuss how Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn translated Shakespearean characters and works into their 1957 jazz suite Such Sweet Thunder, his archival research into their compositional processes and his own musical reinterpretation of the suite, released in 2011 as Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak.

Rather than merely recreating the classic work, which is comprised of musical depictions of characters from William Shakespeare’s plays, Marsalis took the work as a point of departure for his octet, creating fresh and new music inspired by the original suite.

“In some ways Sweet Thunder started for me in the seventh grade when I wrote a paper on my great uncle Wellman Braud, who played with Duke Ellington in the 1920s,” he said. “While attending the University of Louisville, I wrote a thesis paper on Ellington and Shakespeare. For the project, I went to the Smithsonian and studied the original copies of the music for Such Sweet Thunder.

“I didn’t want to just play what Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn wrote in 1957, but to imagine what they might have written if they were here today, more than 50 years later. To me this is jazz opera without the vocals, telling a story with the dramatic music.”

Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (Father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor—a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

As a bandleader, he has earned wide acclaim for his first three albums as a leader: Pontius Pilate’s Decision (1992), Musashi (1997) and Minions Dominion (2006).

In 2004 he earned a Master of Arts in jazz performance at the University of Louisville and received a doctorate from New England College in 2009. He has composed more than 80 songs that help introduce kids to jazz and has led numerous workshops and masterclasses across the country for music students of all ages.

Marsalis will also be working with jazz students in the Glenn Korff School of Music during his visit to UNL.

Marsalis’s lecture is sponsored by the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, the Glenn Korff School of Music, the Department of English, and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  The Flatwater Shakespeare Company is proud to be affiliated with this special event.

Love Library is located at 13th and R Streets on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln city campus.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Alive and Thriving



From *Seeds Entertainment*, a student-run publication based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

A very nice overview by Claire Wiebe of the local theater scene, including the Flatwater Shakespeare Company.  Here's an excerpt -- 

FSC’S mission statement is, “To inspire and inform actors, artists, audiences, scholars, and students of the Midwest through theatre productions of the highest quality, based in the works of Shakespeare and other playwrights of worth, and enhanced by a creative educational wing.” Says [Paden] Alexander, “In addition, FSC seeks to give affordable entertainment to a variety of audiences, and strives to bring forward talented actors and technicians, as well as giving avid artistic supporters a wonderful experience.”

For the complete article, follow the link:  http://seedsent.com/theatre-in-lincoln-thrives/


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Folger Digital Texts Available Now!



An early gift to all of us in honor of Will's 450th birthday!

Our friends at the Folger Shakespeare Library have made all of the Library's digital editions of Shakespeare's plays available as HTML, as pdf downloads, and even as encoded texts.  Follow the link to start exploring!

http://www.folgerdigitaltexts.org/




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Summer Show and Tour Auditions!




The Flatwater Shakespeare Company is holding auditions for The Comedy of Errors, performing in the Lincoln Parks this summer! Come try out for a fantastic work, especially as directed by Bob Hall.

AUDITION DATE: SAT. MARCH 22, 1-5 PM 
LOCATION: LINCOLN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION BLDG. 
15TH AND N STREETS (SOUTH WEST CORNER)

PRODUCTION DATES: June 12 – July 6. Performances in various open air spaces, Thursday through Sundays, except the last week when the dates are: Wed., July 2; Thurs., July 3; Sat., July 5; and Sun. July 6.

DIRECTOR: Bob Hall

All performances at 7:00 PM.

Rehearsals begin the last week of April.

Roles for 18 actors plus a musician who can play folk-style guitar or banjo.

Musical talent is not required but some roles could be doubled as musicians (portable stringed instruments, harmonica etc.) and singers if those skills are available. If that describes you, put the information on your sign-up sheet and resume.

All actors will help with set up and strike starting at 5:30 on days of performance and ending when the truck is loaded and the grounds are clean – usually by 10:00 PM.

Actors will receive performance pay of $100 a week for the four weeks of performances.

The play will be set in Gold Rush California. Age ranges are adaptable. Some casting will be nontraditional: roles will be assigned without regard to race and some may be assigned without regard to gender. The age range goes from late teens on up to infinity.

Please bring a resume and head shot. Head shot can be self-taken. The resume need not be extensive; you will be cast only on the basis of your audition.

If you have been in more than one Flatwater Shakespeare show you may email in advance to see if an open-call audition is needed. However, all are welcome at auditions.

Auditions are first come, first served. Be prepared to be available for at least 90 minutes after you sign in.

AUDITION OPTIONS: 

1. If you can, bring one or two brief memorized Shakespearean monologues. Preferably, but not necessarily, from a comedy.

2. If you don’t have time to thoroughly memorize, it’s better to work on the meaning of a selection and simply read it. There is no penalty for going this route.

3. We can assign you a piece from The Comedy of Errors to read when you arrive.

If you cannot make these auditions -- or if you have additional questions -- please go to www.flatwatershakespeare.org and select “Contact us.”

NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Shakespeare's Infinite Variety


The last installment of Flatwater Shakespeare Education Director Steve Buhler's Shakespeariences series for NET Radio, exploring the special qualities that continue to make the Bard such a vital cultural presence.  We are grateful to NET Radio's Nancy Finken, Dave Hughes, Genevieve Randall, and the late Bill Stibor for making the series of broadcasts possible.

http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/none/net-radio-shakespearience-infinite-variety


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Richard in the Round!



An Elizabethan-influenced theater space becomes a very modern arena-style venue at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Scott Zinke -- brother of Michelle Zinke, our new board president and longtime stage manager extraordinaire -- is part of the Bella Faccia team that engineered the remarkable transformation of the Folger Theatre.  Our friend Robert Richmond directs this version of Richard III, opening on January 28.  Follow the link to see how 'twas done!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0vSkBo5M60

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The Best of 2013



The Flatwater Shakespeare Company again provided some of the Best of the Year in Lincoln:

Waiting for Godot, directed by Bob Hall and co-produced with the Crooked Codpiece Company;

and Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Becky Key Boesen, and (rightly) recognized as a musical!

Many thanks to 10/11 entertainment reporter Deborah Tuff and Star City Buzz for the shout-outs!

Follow the link for more info about these shows and other notable local productions:

http://www.1011now.com/starcitybuzz/headlines/This-Week-on-Star-City-Buzz--1211-235502111.html