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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Storm Is Coming This June!

Friday, March 30, 2018

*The Tempest* Trivia and Recommendations from Lincoln City Libraries!

Name the characters who speak these lines. All quotations are from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

  • "Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground, long heath, brown furze, any thing. The wills above be done, but I would fain die a dry death. " (Act I, Scene I)
    • Gonzalo
  • “'Hell is empty / And all the devils are here.'” (Act I, Scene II)
    • Ariel
  • "Fill all thy bones with aches." (Act I, Scene II)
    • Prospero
  • "A fish; he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-like smell; a kind of not-of-the-newest Poor-John." (Act II, Scene II)
    • Trinculo
  • "Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows." (Act II, Scene II)
    • Trinculo
  • "The clouds methought would open and show riches / Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked, / I cried to dream again." (Act III, Scene II)
    • Caliban
  • "We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep." (Act IV, Scene I)
    • Prospero
  • As you from crimes would pardon’d be, / Let your indulgence set me free.” (Act V, Scene 1)
    • Prospero
A Plot to Kill the King?

Crown of Three by J. D. Rinehart (Children's Fiction)
Captives and Kings by Craig Parshall (Adult Fiction)
The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson (Adult Fiction)
King Conan: The Phoenix on the Sword (Hoopla e-Comic)

On an Island?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Adult Fiction)
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe (Adult Fiction)
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert (Adult Fiction)
Seasons on Harris: A Year on Scotland's Outer Hebrides by David Yeadon (Adult Nonfiction)

Inspired by The Tempest

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (Adult Fiction)
A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson (Hoopla e-Book)
The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer (Hoopla e-Audio Book)]
Sea Change by Aimee Friedman (Young Adult Fiction)
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot (Adult Nonfiction: Poetry)

Satisfy your curiosity by stopping by any Lincoln City Libraries location or go online at
to place holds on these recommendations.

Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln NE, 402-441-8500

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cast and Creative Team for *The Tempest* This Summer!

With congratulations to all who will be part of this voyage -- 
and with many thanks to all who auditioned!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Auditions for *The Tempest*

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New FSC Executive Director Summer Lukasiewicz!

We are pleased to announce that Summer Lukasiewicz is the Flatwater Shakespeare Company's new Executive Director.

Ms. Lukasiewicz is an accomplished producer, director, playwright, actor, and educator. She has worked extensively with young people, directing shows at the Lincoln Community Playhouse and Blue Hill Community Schools. Her most notable productions for Blue Hill include Macbeth in 2014 and The Laramie Project in 2016. Past projects also include writing, directing, and producing original works, such as 872 Days and Voices from Chernobyl, and contributing to the curriculum for Flatwater Shakespeare's sonnet-based educational outreach program, Little But Fierce. Last year, she was recognized with the Dale E. Black Outstanding Young Teacher of Speech and Theatre Award.

Summer is a long-time artistic associate with Flatwater Shakespeare, having appeared as Olivia in Twelfth Night for the company's second Free Shakespeare tour, as Harper in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Parts One and Two, and most recently as Valerie in Conor McPherson's The Weir. For Shakespeare on the Square in Aurora, Nebraska, she has played Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Prospera in The Tempest. For Polarity Ensemble Theatre in Chicago, she was Horatio in Hamlet.

“I joined the Flatwater family in 2006 in the cast of Macbeth,” says Lukasiewicz, “and have had the joy of playing a number of roles over the decade-plus since. I'm very excited to take on the role of Executive Director and help grow our impact as we work to make sure Shakespeare is for Everyone.”

Larry Weixelman, Board Chair, shares the FSC Board of Directors' confidence in “Summer’s talent, energy, and passion for theater and education.” Weixelman adds that “Her remarkable blend of skills and organizational expertise will assure an exceptional future for the company through continued artistic achievement and meaningful community outreach.” The Board will work with Ms. Lukasiewicz in finalizing plans for the company's 2018-19 season, which will include another Flatwater Free Shakespeare tour and performances at the Swan Theatre.

Flatwater Shakespeare's mission is to entertain and educate audiences in Lincoln and surrounding communities through Shakespeare and other high quality theater productions. The company is especially committed to connecting youth, non-traditional audiences, and under-represented groups with the dramatic arts. Accessible and exciting productions of Shakespeare's plays and other classic or language-driven works can broaden the base for all theater audiences, enhance appreciation for the arts more widely, and facilitate meaningful dialogue across many social divides.

Photo Credit: Dani Schwinn

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Changes in 2018!

Flatwater Shakespeare Company is in the process of hiring a successor to Becky Boesen, who resigned as Executive Artistic Director effective December 8, 2017. The organization is grateful for the energy, innovation and artistic quality that Boesen contributed to Flatwater Shakespeare during her tenure.
Her achievements included expansion of the 2017 summer tour of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, which was named an official event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration, and included stops at Pioneers Park's one-room schoolhouse and the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice.
Boesen was also the primary architect and instructor for Flatwater's outreach programs for youth, "Little But Fierce" and "Sonnet Intensive." She directed a compelling production of Conor McPherson's The Weir, staged in the Swan Theater at Wyuka Stables. One of the initiatives she inaugurated will continue through The Lincoln Shadow History Project, which completes Flatwater's 2017-18 season and draws upon community stories that were shared after performances of The Weir. Also, in spring 2018, Boesen will include Flatwater Shakespeare's "Little But Fierce" in the Lincoln Arts Council's "Art Makes Me SmArt" program.

FSC's Board of Directors is currently reviewing applications for a new Executive Director and will make an announcement soon.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Searingly captivating" -- *The Weir*

Flatwater Shakespeare's The Weir
Lincoln Journal Star review 9/28/2017

The setting is a tiny rural Irish bar. Not only can one hear the bellowing and bawling of the wind pelting the structure, but it’s almost like the gusts whistle through its walls and into the hearts of the establishment’s patrons.
The Weir,” currently on The Swan Theatre stage and performed by the Flatwater Shakespeare Company, is not a festive production. But neither is it depressing. Sobering with hints of uneasy comedic relief seems most appropriate.
The short, 90-minute presentation – performed without an intermission – is a journey into insecurity, isolation and solitude. It probes the seclusion of individuals as the world withdraws from them and at the same time as they retreat into a selfness of protection for comfort. Thankfully towards its conclusion, there's a glimmering of resurrection of confidence and expectation.
The play covers an evening of drink and stories as Jack (Brad Boesen), a garage owner; Jim (Christian Novotny), Jack’s handyman; Finbar (John Burney), a well-off property owner; and Brendan (Paul Shaw), the bar’s owner; swap tales and alternately attempt to entertain or impress Valerie (Summer Lukasiewicz), the village’s newest resident.
Each of the men has specters haunting his self-confidence and attempt to find escape. Valerie initially seems removed from such self-doubt, but eventually exposes her vulnerabilities.
Jack and Finbar banter among themselves, ebbing toward and flowing from confrontation, while Brendan – smitten with Valerie – shyly edges toward a protector role for her. Jim is removed, yet in many ways is the most assured – perhaps not recognizing his plight.

Eventually the night turns to ghost stories – a most manly way to impress an innocent young woman. But what the stories actually accomplish is the dropping of the curtain, protecting the façade of each character. And with that banishing comes trust and confidence.
The play’s cast is strong and consistent, with Shaw, Burney and Novotny delivering nicely crafted and measured performances.
But it is the monologues delivered by Boesen and Lukasiewicz toward the end of the production that are searingly captivating. Gently and quietly presented, their elocution bares their secrets, yet that revealing is what makes for the possibility of optimism.
The Weir” is a very good production. And the fact that the play’s tales of fairies and ghosts are dispensed in a cemetery should not be ignored.

The show continues tonight and tomorrow night, 7 p.m. continuing Thursday through Sunday next weekend. For tickets and additional information, visit www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.