Flatwater Shakespeare's Blog News

My Photo
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Monday, June 20, 2016

A (Scheduled) Break from the 2016 Tour

The tour of Flatwater Free Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew is taking a scheduled break for a few days. Next stop is Henry Park (S. 44th and Prescott) on Thursday. The weekend's run continues with Cooper Park (S. 6th and D) on Friday, Bethany Park (65th and Vine) on Saturday, and Trago Park (N. 22nd and U) on Sunday. 

Our team's creativity and energy know no bounds: here's a look behind the scenes, by Abbie Austin (Bianca), featuring Tom Crew, who plays our Pedant and percussion for Taming and who is leading our Youth Production of the play (to be staged next month) and who will direct The Merchant of Venice this fall!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Show Cancellation for Friday June 17


Due to an actor illness, tonight's show (Friday, June 17) at Holmes Park is cancelled. 

We will resume the tour as scheduled tomorrow, Saturday June 18, with the performance at Belmont Park (near 14th and Judson street, behind Belmont Elementary) and Sunday, June 19, with the performance at Havelock Park at 64th & Ballard. 

The show will continue with performances the next two weekends, as well.

Keepst ye cool, good citizens!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

FAQs for Flatwater FREE Shakespeare 2016

Flatwater FREE Shakespeare

Summer Tour 2016–The Taming of the Shrew

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 402-473-2897. 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.

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.

How Long is the Show?

Performances begin at 7:00pm, including the Sunday performances. The show runs approximately 2 hours, including intermission.

Is the Show “Family Friendly?”

This summer our production, The Taming of the Shrew, is a bawdy, battle-of-the-sexes comedy based in Italian Commedia dell'Arte. The informal park setting is perfect for families to have a taste of the Bard’s wonderful characters, exciting action, and brilliant language. This production is not as “G –Rated” as many of our past performances have been, but should be appropriate for most families. 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 performances at The Swan at Wyuka Stables and the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, 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 Swan at Wyuka Stables and the Lincoln Community Foundation are handicapped accessible. The 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 402-473-2897. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Are Restrooms Available?

Yes! The Swan at Wyuka Stables and many park locations have restroom facilities. Other locations will have port-a-potties.

Do I Need to Bring My Own Chair or Blanket?

Chairs are provided at the performances held at The Swan (June 10-12) and the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden (June 30). Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for the performances at the park locations, First Plymouth Church, and James Arthur Vineyards.

May I Bring Food and Beverages?

Yes! Audience members are welcome to bring in snacks, even a picnic supper, for you and your family. We merely ask that all 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. For the performances at The Swan at Wyuka Stables, Flatwater Shakespeare will be selling limited concessions, including non-alcoholic beverages. At the performance at James Arthur Vineyards on July 3, 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. Limited concessions are available at The Swan. At the park locations, Flatwater Shakespeare has bottled water available for a $1 donation. But at all locations: FREE ICE CREAM! Ivanna Cone is again creating a new ice cream flavor exclusively for our summer touring production. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tour Dates for 2016 Flatwater FREE Shakespeare's *The Taming of the Shrew*

All show times for The Taming of the Shrew, 7 p.m.  Seats are provided at the Swan Theatre and Lincoln Community Foundation Garden; limited seating available at other locations, so bring lawn chairs or blankets.

No admission charge.  $10 donation suggested (and gladly received).

Visit flatwatershakespearecompany.org and this blog for further details.

Friday – Sunday, June 10-12: The Swan Theatre at Wyuka Stables, 3600 “O” Street

Thursday, June 16: Roberts Park, S. 56th & Sumner

Friday, June 17: Holmes Park, S. 70th Street & Normal Blvd

Saturday, June 18: Belmont Park, N. 12th & Judson

Sunday, June 19: Havelock Park, N. 64th & Ballard

Thursday, June 23: Henry Park, S. 44th & Prescott

Friday, June 24: Cooper Park, S. 6th & D Streets

Saturday, June 25: Bethany Park, N. 65th & Vine

Sunday, June 26: Trago Park, N. 22nd & U Streets

Thursday, June 30: Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, 15th & N Streets

Friday, July 1: First Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street

Saturday, July 2: Woods Park, S. 33rd & J Streets

Sunday, July 3: James Arthur Vineyards, 2001 W. Raymond Rd., Raymond, NE.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Cast List for 2016 Flatwater FREE Shakespeare's *The Taming of the Shrew*

Flatwater Shakespeare Company is pleased to announce the cast of our summer touring production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Bob Bonaventura!

This cast list includes members of our new internship program for high school students and young adults.

Olivia Andrews - Servant
Abbie Austin - Bianca
Michael Barth - Servant

Jeremy Blomstedt - Vincenzio
Sara Broad - Servant
Tom Crew - Pedant/Drummer
Angeline Dai - Kate
Jordan Deffenbaugh - Tranio
Emma Fisher - Servant
Keith Hale - Gremio
James Hamrick - Hortensio
Nash Jack - Tailor
Dillon Kirby - Servant
Dave Landis - Baptista
Mike Lee - Grumio
Lindsey Parodi - Widow
Mary Pinnell - Servant

Kalon Plas Silmon - Lucentio
Paul Schack - Biondello

Cale T. Yates - Petruchio
Michael Zavodny - Servant

The show's opening weekend is Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, all at The Swan Theatre at Wyuka Stables. Performances will continue Thursdays through Sundays, June 16 to July 3, touring several outdoor venues throughout (and sometimes beyond) Lincoln. Stay tuned for details about locations!

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Support the Flatwater Shakespeare Company on Give to Lincoln Day 2016!

Your gift to Flatwater Shakespeare Company supports not only our upcoming FREE summer tour of The Taming of the Shrew, but also our youth production of the same show – and our first-ever staging of The Merchant of Venice, this fall at the Swan Theatre at Wyuka.
Last year's programs culminated in a powerful interpretation of Hamlet at the Swan. Matt Lukasiewicz's portrayal of the title role has earned him a 2016 Artistic Achievement Award in the Performing Arts from the city of Lincoln's Mayor's Arts Awards. News of the recognition prompted this response from an audience member: “A most deserved honor! Matt's performance was exemplary. Congratulations to him . . . plus a big thank you to Flatwater Shakespeare for producing fine theatrical performances for Lincoln audiences that allow performers like Matt and other company members to demonstrate their skills.”

Give To Lincoln Day offers a great chance to make an impact on Lincoln’s quality of life. We encourage everyone to join us for a record-setting day of giving on May 26. Together, we have the power to support Lincoln’s nonprofit organizations devoted to improving and enriching lives. Each donation helps even more than the face amount because it qualifies the organization to receive a proportional share of the $300,000 challenge match pool.

Gifts can be made online from now to May 26.

Monday, April 18, 2016

News About Our Summer Youth Program!

Hello parents and youth!

My name is Tom Crew and I am going to be directing this year's Flatwater Shakespeare's youth production of The Taming of the Shrew.

For those that do not know me, I have been a long time actor with Flatwater Shakespeare (I have done 14 shows), and I was the original Youth Director, having done 7 youth productions in the past.

I am VERY excited to be taking this position again. I want to be as available to questions that any of you may have, as I want the path we take from here on out to be clear and transparent. My email is crewthomas@gmail.com.

I wanted to give you some information on the upcoming show.


Sunday April 24 at 2 pm, The Stables at Wyuka Cemetery (3600 O Street). If your student cannot make that time, no problem. I can arrange a separate time and date.


Rehearsals will start as Sunday afternoons beginning May 1st. Starting on May 21 we will then go to Saturdays, with an occasional Sunday rehearsals as well. We will rehearse at local parks or actually in the common area where I have my house (43rd and Old Cheney). Tech rehearsals will either be the evenings of July 12 & 13 or July 13 & 14.


We will perform the show at Roberts Park, July 14 and 15 (pending approval from Lincoln Parks and Recreation). Alternative dates are July 15 & 16.

Program Fees:

There will be a $50 program fee if selected for the production. This fee will be used for costs such as props, costumes, and a t-shirt for each student. Flatwater Shakespeare has a limited number of scholarships available for anyone who is unable to pay this fee. We don't someone to not be involved solely because of cost.

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

I know that there are already probably a lot of questions, so if you email me any of them, I can share the response with the entire group.

Thanks so much for any interest you may have. It's going to be a super fun show!
Tom Crew