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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions about Our 2017 *Merry Wives* Tour

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Summer Tour 2017–The Merry Wives of Windsor

Got questions? We have answers.

What Is Your Inclement Weather Policy?

It is our desire to complete every performance, and we will make every effort to start, continue, and finish each show despite light rainfall or breezy conditions.

In the event of heavy rains or winds, however, we may delay the start of the show, or the completion of the show, in the hope that the weather will clear. Announcements will be made informing audience members of "holds." We may also pause to take precautions to ensure the safety and health of the performers and crew.

If severe storms are likely or imminent, shows may be canceled beforehand. To find out if a show is canceled prior to showtime, please check our Facebook page or call our Information Line at 402-601-8529. A recorded message will advise you accordingly.

Do I Need a Reservation?

No reservations are needed. However, audience members are strongly encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the performance time in order to have good seats or places. This is particularly true if you plan on using a blanket at one of the park locations, as space is limited. This is also true if you want to enjoy Ozark Hutch and Orion Walsh in our musical pre-show!

Is There a Cost to Attend?

No! Flatwater Shakespeare Company offers the summer touring production FREE of charge. A $10 donation is suggested, but everyone is welcome regardless of whether or not you can make a contribution.

Good Will Donations in all amounts are greatly appreciated as we continue our tradition of producing Good Will Shakespeare productions.

When Do Shows Start and How Long Do They Run?

Performances begin at 7:00pm, including the Sunday performances. The one exception is Pioneers Park Nature Center show June 24th, at the restored schoolhouse, which starts at 2 pm. Performances run just under 2 1/2 hours, plus intermission.

Is the Show “Family Friendly?”

The Merry Wives of Windsor has some mild innuendo. The plot also centers on John Falstaff's scheme to seduce two married women. But Alice Ford and Meg Page, the Merry Wives of the title, are determined to teach Falstaff a lesson. Or two. Or three. The informal park setting is perfect for families to have a taste of the Bard’s wonderful characters, exciting action, and brilliant language. Previous audiences have included everyone from babies to people in their 80s, people of wide-ranging cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with physical disabilities, and even some pets. 

You Mean Pets Are Allowed?

Except for the performances at the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Homestead National Monument, and The Railyard, furry family members are welcome to attend a performance with you! We request that dogs be kept on a leash. Pet owners must clean up after their dogs.

Are the Locations Accessible?

The performances held at the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, Pioneers Park, the Homestead National Monument, and The Railyard are handicapped accessible. Park locations should be accessible for several mobility considerations; however, there may be uneven ground in some areas and limited parking options.

If you have a specific need, please contact Flatwater Shakespeare Company at 402-601-8529. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Are Restroom Facilities Available?

Yes! All locations will have either restrooms or port-a-potties.

Do I Need to Bring My Own Chair or Blanket?

Chairs will be provided at the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden (June 30). Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for the performances at all other locations.

May I Bring Food and Beverages?

For most shows, yes! Audience members are welcome to bring in snacks, even a picnic supper, for you and your family. The one exception is The Railyard, but several vendors there will be open for business. In all cases, we ask that trash items are disposed of after the show so that we leave the performance locations in good condition.

Please note that alcoholic beverages cannot be brought to any of the public locations. At the performance at James Arthur Vineyards on June 23, wine will be available for purchase, as well as soft drinks and water. Information about pre-ordering food baskets for the JAV performance will be posted at www.jamesarthurvineyards.com -- or you can call 402-783-5255.

Will Other Concessions Be Available?

Yes, depending on location. At the parks, Flatwater Shakespeare will have bottled water available for a $1 donation. At most locations, except for Homestead National Monument and The Railyard: FREE ICE CREAM during intermission! Ivanna Cone is again creating a new ice cream flavor exclusively for our summer touring production.

Photo: Ian McKercher as Simple and Juanita Pat Rice as Mistress Quickly in Flatwater Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Becky Boesen. Photo Credit: jenny gegg photography

Monday, June 12, 2017

Audiences Respond to *The Merry Wives of Windsor*

As we bid farewell (for now) to The Swan Theatre at Wyuka Stables and the first weekend of The Merry Wives of Windsor, here are reactions given to us by audience members in survey comments and Facebook posts:

This is the hardest I've laughed at a theatre production in a long time! I'll be coming to more Flatwater shows! 10/10 A+ Really enjoyed this performance -- excellent talent.

My first Flatwater Shakespeare Company show, but it won't be my last! Lots of fun, great setting!

Actors are great!!

If you're looking for a fun way to see Shakespeare, I'd strongly recommend this. It's hilarious, adorable, and unexpected. It's like no Shakespeare you've seen before.

I underestimated the skill and hilarity I would see, and I expect to be seeing more.

I loved the show!! The setting was perfect for this interpretation, and the production is extremely well-acted! Loads of fun and laughs! Cheers to everyone involved!

It was a great show!! I'm glad I went!!

Phenomenal job tonight! Everyone did such a great job and I enjoyed the show immensely!

Thank you for the laughs. Keep up the great work!

These two women [Allison Baird and Meganne Horrocks Storm] were brilliant as Mistresses Page and Ford. Their energy and interactions were a highlight of an all around wonderful production.

The cast is superb and the artistic direction outstanding and creative. I love the venue at Wyuka but look forward to seeing it again at Pioneers Park.

We are enjoying it very much. Acting is very good and easy to see and hear. Lots of action!

Very nice production! Very enjoyable! Great cast! Musicians were great!

Great show! I haven't laughed this much in a long time!

The Merry Wives of Windsor now begins its summer tour of parks and other outdoor venues in Lincoln and southeastern Nebraska. Performances are presented FREE OF CHARGE -- although donations will be gladly accepted. Bring blankets or lawn chairs (and bug spray) and arrive early for our musical pre-show with Orion Walsh and Ozark Hutch. And at Intermission, FREE ice cream from Ivanna Cone! Showtime is 7 pm, except June 24 at 2. 

Thurs., June 15 Henry Park, S. 44th and Prescott

Fri., June 16 Cooper Park, S. 6th and D

Sat., June 17 Holmes Park, Holmes North Shore Road and Normal Boulevard

Sun., June 18 Trago Park, N. 22nd and U

Wed. June 21 Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, Centennial Mall and N

Thurs., June 22 Bethany Park, N. 65th and Vine

Fri., June 23 James Arthur Vineyards, 2001 W. Raymond Road

Sat., June 24 Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington (2 p.m.)

Sun., June 25 Havelock Park, N. 64th and Ballard

Sat., July 1 Homestead National Monument, 8523 W. State Highway 4, Beatrice

Sun., July 2 The Railyard, Canopy Street between Q and P Streets

Photo Credit: Chris Maly

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Are You Ready to Get Merry on the Prairie?


The Flatwater Shakespeare Company's The Merry Wives of Windsor, an official event of the Nebraska State Sequicentennial, brings together the Bard and Homestead Settlers. Directed by Becky Boesen, the production invites audiences to get “merry on the prairie.” The show kicks off at the Swan Theatre at Wyuka Stables with a first weekend of paid performances (all tickets $10), June 8-11. The show then tours throughout and beyond Lincoln, with two weekends of FREE performances, June 14-19 and 21-25. All performances start at 7 p.m., with the exception of the June 24 show at Pioneers Park Nature Center, which will begin at 2 p.m.

For six years, the FSC tour has staged free, high-quality Shakespeare productions at local parks and other outdoor locations throughout the City of Lincoln and surrounding areas. This year, in honor of the Nebraska 150 celebration, Executive Artistic Director Becky Boesen will set the Bard’s beloved comedy on the Great Plains in 1867, the year Nebraska achieved statehood. Audiences can expect rollicking fun and belly laughs in a show geared towards audiences of all ages. “The women in this play, the Merry Wives themselves, are the primary movers of the comedy,” says Boesen. “There is something about their independent drive that parallels the spirit of the intrepid American settler – especially the female variety.” Along with the special afternoon performance at the one-room schoolhouse adjacent to the Pioneers Park Nature Center on June 24, the production also visits Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, on July 2. Each performance starts with pre-show music from noted local singer-songwriters Ozark Hutch and Orion Walsh.

Some who came to the new state found that times can be rough out on the prairie. Low on funds but with his appetites and waistline as large as ever, lovable scoundrel Jack Falstaff has hit on a new scheme. Settling in the town of Windsor, Nebraska, he intends to seduce the wives of two leading citizens and thereby have access to their husbands’ finances. But Alice Ford and Meg Page find out that Falstaff has written identical “love” letters to them both. Their husbands, Frank Ford and George Page, are warned of Falstaff’s plan. The results involve disguises, bribes, dirty laundry, insane jealousy, a plunge into the Platte River, a befuddled Welsh parson, a wacky French physician, and much ado about horns.

The production features Meganne Horrocks Storm and Allison Baird as Alice Ford and Meg Page, the Merry Wives, and Brad Boesen as Jack Falstaff. Tyler Hale is the jealous Frank Ford and Matthew Bejjani plays George Page. Juanita Pat Rice, a member of Actors' Equity Association who previously appeared in Flatwater Shakespeare's Richard III, portrays Mistress Quickly. “Having Juanita in this ensemble elevates everything that we do,” observes Director Boesen. “We are pleased at Flatwater Shakespeare to continue our tradition of hiring union actors and we hope to increase our ability to invite AEA actors frequently to our team.” Other performers include past Flatwater Shakespeare associates Meghan Arenz (who moves from our youth program to the mainstage), Mikey Barth, Sara Broad, Sasha Dobson, Ian McKercher, Scott Shomaker, and Rich Sibley. Joining the Company for this show are Breanna Carodine, Josephine Dobson, Amanda Fogerty, Katie Hoppe, Tyler Rambali, and Reed Westerhoff.

Costumes are by Julie Douglass, with set and technical design by Patrick Lambrecht and props by Alexa Kirchgasler Spale. The Fight Director is Reed Westerhoff and the Movement Coach is Amanda Fogerty. Sasha Dobson is Assistant Director and Vocal Coach. Stephen Buhler is Dramaturg and Tim Scholl the Creative Consultant. Stage Manager and Tour Manager is Michelle Zinke, assisted by Petra Wahlqvist.

Shakespeare is for everyone! For tickets at the Swan Theatre and for more information about Flatwater Shakespeare, visit www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.


Thurs.–Sun., June 8–11 Swan Theatre at Wyuka Stables, 3600 O Street
($10 admission this location only)

Thurs., June 15 Henry Park, S. 44th and Prescott

Fri., June 16 Cooper Park, S. 6th and D

Sat., June 17 Holmes Park, Holmes North Shore Road and Normal Boulevard

Sun., June 18 Trago Park, N. 22nd and U

Wed. June 21 Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, Centennial Mall and N

Thurs., June 22 Bethany Park, N. 65th and Vine

Fri., June 23 James Arthur Vineyards, 2001 W. Raymond Road

Sat., June 24 Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington (2 p.m.)

Sun., June 25 Havelock Park, N. 64th and Ballard

Sat., July 1 Homestead National Monument, 8523 W. State Highway 4, Beatrice

Sun., July 2 The Railyard, Canopy Street between Q and P Streets

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Give to Lincoln Day 2017 Is Here!

Sharing Shakespeare with Lincoln, Nebraska is our passion! Flatwater Shakespeare Company is deeply committed to making Shakespeare accessible to all people. 

This year we are producing a season of amazing theater, creating an original work surrounding Lincoln ghost lore, expanding our education and outreach program to serve children in new and exciting ways, touring a production to a national monument, and embarking on amazing collaborations to help lift Lincoln higher! 

Sound like a lot? IT IS! Our organization and mission are growing. We need your help! Our work depends on your generosity.

Please remember Flatwater Shakespeare Company today for Give to Lincoln Day 2017 and give generously. We, in return, promise to pay it forward throughout the community! We very much appreciate your past support and look forward to seeing you at our summer tour, our innovative youth activities, and our fall production. Learn more on our website at flatwatershakespearecompany.org or on Facebook at Flatwater Shakespeare Company.

Make your own contribution here: 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Remember FSC on G2LD 2017!

Give to Lincoln Day 2017 is May 18! You can contribute online through midnight tomorrow or visit us at Tower Square, 13th and P Streets, 10a to 2p that day. Please support Flatwater Shakespeare, its productions (including The Merry Wives of Windsor on tour this summer), its educational programs (including Little But Fierce, a free theater class for K-12 students, also this summer), and its foolery!  https://www.givetolincoln.com/nonprofit.html…

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our Cast for *The Merry Wives of Windsor*, Summer 2017!

Flatwater Shakespeare Company presents
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Becky Boesen
June-July 2017

Mistress Alice Ford  Meganne Horrocks Storm
Mistress Margaret (Meg) Page  Allison Baird
Master Francis Ford  Tyler Hale
Master George Page  Matthew Bejjani
Sir John Falstaff  Brad Boesen
Mistress Quickly  Juanita Pat Rice*
Mistress Anne Page Meg Arenz
Master Fenton  Scott Shomaker
Robert Shallow  Richard Sibley  
Abraham Slender  Amanda Fogerty
Sir Hugh Evans  Sasha Dobson
Doctor Caius  Mikey Barth
Host of the Garter Inn  Breanna Carodine
Bardolph/Pistol/Nym  Reed Westerhoff
Robin  Tyler Rambali
Peter Simple  Ian McKercher
John Rugby  Katie Hoppe
Boy(s) Josephine Dobson, Sara Broad

*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 Summer Tour Dates and Locations!

Save the dates for FSC's The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Becky Boesen!