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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Last Roundup (and Reflections) for *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."


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)


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)
4 oz. Shuster’s Summer Sausage
4 oz. Jisa Cheese
Rotella’s French Loaf
Bakers Chocolate


Ultimate Gourmet Basket ($14.99 + tax)
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.) 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

FSC 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 such "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 cancelled beforehand. Unless bad weather is clearly inevitable earlier, our policy is to post cancellations around 6:00 p.m. To find out if a show is cancelled prior to showtime, please check our Facebook page or call our Information Line at 402-473-2897. A recorded message will advise you accordingly.

"With hey, ho, the wind and the rain . . . " -- Feste, Twelfth Night

Friday, June 13, 2014

Let the Hijinks Ensue!

Lincoln Journal Star review by Cindy Conger, June 13, 2014

The Flatwater Shakespeare Company could not have ordered up a more perfect evening to debut its summer production. The Comedy of Errors played to a warm audience and gentle breezes at the Lincoln Community Foundations Gardens Thursday evening.

Director Bob Hall, with the assistance of dramaturg Stephen Buhler, set the Bard's farce in the wild, wild west. In his director's message, Hall "fessed up" to removing some "theeses and thouses." After greeting the audience and asking people to believe that anyone dressed alike was a twin, Hall turned the park over to his troupe and let the hijinks ensue.

Identical twin brothers, long separated along with their identical twin servants, find themselves in the same town. The audience is in on the joke as the townspeople are caught in a slapstick web of mistaken identity.

The twin duos played by Rob Burt and Jeff Tinnean, Andy Dillehay and Richard Eisloeffel, anchored the production. These accomplished actors consistently delivered both humorous lines and physical comedy with precise timing. They were supported by a talented cast with a notable performance from Darin Hemmer as Dr. Pinch.

The set and costumes raised the bar for community productions. Richard Imig, who built the set, and costume designer Kathryn Burton Cover each deserve a standing ovation for their attention to detail and audience experience.

The Comedy of Errors will play in outdoor venues through July 6. While the Flatwater Shakespeare Company may not be able to duplicate the perfect weather enjoyed Thursday, audience members can expect a topnotch production.

Photo: Rob Burt and Jeff Tinnean as the Antipholuses, Emma Gruhl as Luciana, Megan Higgins as Adriana, Andy Dillehay and Richard Eisloeffel as the Dromios.  Photo Credit: Eric Gregory, Lincoln Journal Star.