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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Are You Ready to Get Merry on the Prairie?



FLATWATER SHAKESPEARE PRESENTS “THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR”
JUNE 8 to JULY 2 AT THE SWAN THEATRE AND ON TOUR

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. 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.

LIST OF LOCATIONS:

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: 
https://www.givetolincoln.com/nonprofit.html?id=flatwater_shakespeare_company1

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
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
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!


Thursday, March 09, 2017

2017 Mayor's Arts Awards Winners Announced!


Winners of the 2017 City of Lincoln / Lincoln Arts Council Mayor's Arts Awards have been announced. Artists associated with Flatwater Shakespeare appear in several categories. Bob Hall, Founding Artistic Director of the company, will receive the Legacy of the Arts Award. Richard Nielsen, who most recently appeared as Antonio in FSC's The Merchant of Venice, will receive the Artistic Achievement Award -- Performing Arts. Puddin' and the Grumble / The Grumble Project, which addresses the issue of child hunger and which our new Executive Artistic Director Becky Boesen wrote with David von Kampen (their musical was commissioned by the Lied Center), will receive the Mayor's Choice Award. 

It's also good to see awards going to the Angels Theatre Company, co-founded by Judy Hart (who appeared in our Richard III), and to Robert Hillestad, who contributed to the scenic design of Othello

Congratulations to all the recipients!  We'll post further details soon about the awards ceremony, June 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and about some of the winners. Here's the full list:

39th Annual MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Pinnacle Bank Arena

Outstanding Arts Organization: Angels Theatre Company
Recognizes an arts group that has made significant contributions to Lincoln’s arts community over a period of years.

Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts: Amy Smith
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the visual arts, including theatre & film.

Artistic Achievement Award - Youth: Jonah Kelly
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any arts discipline by a young person age 18 or younger.

Artistic Achievement Award - Performing Arts: Richard Nielsen
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in any of the performing arts, including film.

Artistic Achievement Award - Literary Arts: Rex Walton
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in literary form.

Gladys Lux Education Award: Robert Hillestad
Recognizes special initiatives or dedication to arts education.

The Legacy of the Arts Award: Robert Hall
Recognizes a senior (age 55 and up) actively involved in creating, teaching, sharing or inspiring artistic expression in any discipline.

Heart of the Arts Award: Dean Settle
Recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding volunteer dedication to the arts or for making a major overall impact on the arts in Lincoln.

The ArtScene Backstage Award: Brad Buffum
Recognizes extraordinary service to the arts through behind-the-scenes efforts.

Outstanding Event Award: Hildegard Center for the Arts for Standing Bear – A Ponca Indian Cantata by Jerod Tate
Recognizes a performance, exhibition or project in the previous year (2016) that will be notable in the community memory for years to come because of its content or cultural significance.

Benefactor of the Arts Award: Phil Perry
Honors an individual, family, organization or business making significant financial contributions to the arts.

Lincoln Community Foundation Arts for Kids Award: Kevin Clark, Clark Architects Collaborative 3
Honors an individual or organization from outside of the arts professions whose leadership has enhanced arts activities and experiences for children.

Mayor’s Choice Award: “Puddin’ and the Grumble” / The Grumble Project


Enersen Urban Design Award: P Street District Improvements


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017-18 Season Announcement



Flatwater Shakespeare Company's Season of “Mischief, Mayhem, and Mystery” an Official Program of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration


Flatwater Shakespeare Company (FSC) proudly announces a season of “Mischief, Mayhem, and Mystery” for 2017-18. The season offers classic and modern and new plays, along with educational outreach initiatives for communities in Lincoln, Nebraska. Because of its exciting ties to local history and lore, FSC's new season has been selected as an Official Program of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Celebration.

This summer, we invite audiences to get “merry on the prairie” with
The Merry Wives of Windsor, which has been selected as Flatwater Shakespeare’s summer touring show. 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 (often at the expense of Plump Jack Falstaff), along with live music, 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.” Flatwater Shakespeare is delighted to partner with Pioneers Park Nature Center to provide a special performance event at the one-room schoolhouse at Pioneers Park on June 24. The tour of The Merry Wives of Windsor 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 performance at Pioneers Park Nature Center, which will begin at 2 p.m. Sites will be listed here and at www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.


This fall, FSC digs deep into mystery at the Swan Theatre at Wyuka Stables with a two week run of The Weir by Conor McPherson. From its first performance in 1997, the play has captivated audiences: “In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the locals who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. No one expects Valerie to have a tale of her own, or imagines how it may change everything.” The Weir continues FSC’s tradition of exploring contemporary, language-driven drama, along with classic theater. The play examines the importance and power of sharing one’s personal stories. As Ken Jaworowski of The New York Times says, “The Weir invites us to re-examine the theater, and to ask ourselves what we seek from stories and those who tell them.” The Weir runs September 28 to October 1, and October 4-8, with all performances beginning at 7 p.m.


FSC will be collecting local ghost stories and legends in the weeks leading up to The Weir, as well as before and after performances, plus stories from up to 150 years ago in honor of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial. Those stories will then be developed into an original multi-media performance piece, The Lincoln Shadow History Project, developed by Timothy Scholl with local playwright Brian Bornstein and filmmaker/storyteller Colleen Kenney Fleischer. Scholl will also direct the piece, which will premiere in the spring of 2018. “Thinking back on our 150-year anniversary, we wanted to explore the way ‘shadow histories’ have shaped our experience as Nebraskans,” says Scholl. “There is a great deal of mystery in the unexplained. We want to use that as a catalyst for performance.” Further details about this project, including performance dates and times, will be released in the fall of 2017.


FSC is especially pleased to offer expanded opportunities to children in Lincoln with a new initiative designed to bring free theatre classes to local neighborhoods. Little But Fierce will be offered in three neighborhoods this summer. The pilot program of Little But Fierce is made possible in part through the generous support of the Lincoln Community Foundation and will explore Shakespeare’s poetry, while also encouraging students to develop their expressive voices by writing their own sonnets. Conducted by Boesen, with the participation of FSC Education Director Stephen Buhler, classes will culminate in a performance which combines Shakespeare’s words with the students’ writing, presented free of cost to the community. “We are passionate about introducing young people to Shakespeare’s words, but equally passionate about introducing our community to the important words that our young people have to say. This program is a starting point for that,” says Boesen.

This season is made possible by grants, private donations, ticket sales, and the generous support of Ameritas, a Flatwater Shakespeare Company 2017-2018 Silver Season Sponsor.

For more information about Flatwater Shakespeare Company, please visit
www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.