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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!



http://www.omaha.com/go/shoes-swords-and-sabers-find-it-all-at-couple-s/article_4ad1e588-8ad1-545b-874d-2e2b6888db8a.html

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


https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/shakespeare-at-the-national-theatre/wRkj-Bl-?hl=en-GB&position=0%2C-1

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:

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/learning-lear-cue-memories/

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.



Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Last Roundup (and Reflections) for *The Comedy of Errors*





AUDIENCE (AND OTHER) COMMENTS ON

2014 FLATWATER FREE SHAKESPEARE’S

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS


"Thanks so much for your ongoing effort with this wonderful community event. It is one of the highlights of the summer season!"

"What a great job! Two hours of amazing character creation and most of it with the knob turned to 11! God bless you all for pouring your hearts out and sweating buckets in the sweltering heat. Thank you for making the magic happen once again. How lucky we are to have you!"

"Thank you guys so much! I loved it. Wonderful performance tonight."

“Enjoyed the show again at Havelock Park. It was fun to see how the cast has developed the show from when we saw it first on opening night. Congrats to all the Cast and Crew!”

“Excellent Show on Sunday Night at Trago. Marvelous venue. Loved how the trees fit into the whole setting. And tooooooo much fun.”

“James Arthur Vineyards -- what a beautiful setting to enjoy this fantastic production!

“You'll enjoy it. It's a really good show!

"Great evening of Flatwater Shakespeare in the park. Be sure to see this stellar production of The Comedy of Errors before its tour ends. All ages will enjoy -- great job, cast and crew."

“This was an absolutely delightful production and James Arthur Vineyards one of the most picturesque settings. Here's hoping for a vineyard tour next summer!

“It's a great show with a great cast.”

“Thanks for a great time in Woods Park last night! Y'all make Lincoln a little bit better a place to hitch my wagon.”

"Had a great evening with the 9yr old! Per the 9yr old: ‘That was a great show!’"

“Rob Burt is fantastic as is all the cast. Comic timing at its best!

“Had a great evening at James Arthur Vineyards for the Flatwater Shakespeare Company production of The Comedy of Errors.  Thanks to the cast for a wonderful production, especially Emma Gruhl as Luciana!” 

From the Journal Star's Best Bets summary: "Flatwater Shakespeare concludes touring its Bob Hall-directed comedy  . . . Word has it that local actor Andy Dillehay is a scene-stealer whose performance is not to be missed!"

From Andy Dillehay (Dromio of Syracuse): "The Comedy of Errors has been one of my most favoritest [;-)] experiences I've EVER had. It is such a blessing to be a part of this inspiring cast and crew. My heart swells when I think about how fortunate I am to be a part of this charming, delightful, and downright hysterical play."

AND NOW, FROM ALL OF US --

The Comedy of Errors has been an amazing ride from first read-through to final strike. We are grateful to (and proud of) our actors and crew and creative team, our board members and volunteers and donors, and audiences across and beyond the city of Lincoln. Your talents and support and involvement made this Flatwater FREE Shakespeare tour the most successful ever. We look forward to further adventures with the Bard and with you all!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Special Fare for July 3 Performance at James Arthur Vineyards!





The Comedy of Errors
Flatwater Shakespeare Company
July 3 Performance – James Arthur Vineyards (Raymond, NE)

Concessions

Ivanna Cone will provide FREE ice cream for patrons.

James Arthur Vineyards (JAV) will have wine, bottled water, and soda available for purchase during the show.

JAV also has food baskets that may be pre-ordered and picked up the night of the performance. Anyone interested in a basket must place their order by calling the winery at 402-783-5255 by Tuesday, July 1st. Each basket will serve 2 people. Baskets can be pre-paid when ordering via credit card.

James Arthur Vineyards are located at 2001 W. Raymond Road (near NW 27th St.), Raymond, NE

To learn more about JAV, visit www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

Wine and Cheese Lover’s Basket ($8.99 + tax)
Includes:
4 oz. Shuster’s Summer Sausage
4 oz. Jisa Cheese
Rotella’s French Loaf
Bakers Chocolate

-OR-

Ultimate Gourmet Basket ($14.99 + tax)
Includes:
5 oz Smoked Salmon
4 oz. Jisa Cheese
Rotella’s French Bread
Bakers Chocolate

Cheese Options (choose 1)
New York Cheddar
Smoked Bacon
Lucky Bucket Beer Cheese
Tomato Basil
Spinach and Artichoke


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How Shakespeare Works (an occasional series) I




Installment One: Observations from Oskar Eustis of NYC’s Public Theater


We took Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure into a maximum security woman’s prison on the West Side . . . there’s a scene there where a young woman is told by a very powerful official that “If you sleep with me, I will pardon your brother. And if you don’t sleep with me, I’ll execute him.” And he leaves the stage.

And this character, Isabel, turned out to the audience and said: “To whom should I complain?”

And a woman in the audience shouted: “The Police!” And then she looked right at that woman and said: “If I did relate this, who would believe me?”

And the woman answered back, “No one, girl.”

And it was astonishing because not only was it an amazing sense of connection between the audience and the actress, but you also realized that this was a kind of an historical lesson in theater reception. That’s what must have happened at The Globe.

These soliloquies were not simply monologues that people spoke, they were call and response to the audience. And you realized that vibrancy, that sense of connectedness is not only what makes theater great in prisons, it’s what makes theater great, period.

— transcribed from ArtBeat Nation (he shared the same story on the Charlie Rose program)


(Photo: Danai Gurira as Isabella and Michael Hayden as Angelo in Measure for Measure, directed by David Esbjornson, 2011.)