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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

FAQ for *The Two Gentlemen of Verona* in Lincoln Parks

Flatwater FREE Shakespeare Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Tour 2019–The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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 through light rainfall or breezy conditions.

If the weather deteriorates suddenly, however, we may delay the start of the show, or the completion of the show, in the hope that things 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 (such as drying off the rubber mats that serve as our stage).

If heavier rains are predicted, shows will be moved to an indoor location. To find out if a show is taking place at an alternate venue, please check our Facebook page.

The inclement weather location for Thursday (Belmont Park) and Saturday (Cooper Park) is Turbine Flats, 2124 Y Street.

The inclement weather location for Friday (Trago Park) and Sunday (Havelock Park) is the Haymarket Theatre, 803 Q Street.

Do I Need a Reservation?

No reservations are needed. However, audience members are strongly encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the performance time (7 p.m.) in order to have good seats or places. This is particularly true if you plan on using a blanket, as space is limited. This is also true if you want to enjoy some free Ivanna Cone ice cream, which will be served before the show.

Is There a Cost to Attend?

No! Flatwater Shakespeare Company offers the summer touring production FREE of charge. A $10 donation for each adult is recommended for those who can afford it, 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 7:00 p.m. and run 75 minutes, without intermission.

Is the Show “Family Friendly?”

An informal park setting is perfect for families to try a taste of the Bard's wonderful characters, exciting action, and brilliant language. This lively and engaging production features music and dance, along with an actor portraying Crab, a dog. Previous audiences have included everyone from babies to people in their 80s, people of wide-ranging backgrounds, people with disabilities, and even some pets.  

You Mean Pets Are Allowed?

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 critters.

Are the Locations Accessible?

All park locations should be accessible for most 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 402-319-2895. 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?

A limited number of chairs will be available. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets for the performances.

May I Bring Food and Beverages?

Audience members are welcome to bring in snacks, even a picnic supper, for you and your family. 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 park locations.

Will Concessions Be Available?

Again, there will be FREE ICE CREAM before the show! Ivanna Cone is again creating a new ice cream flavor exclusively for our summer touring production.

What Are the Dates, Times, and Locations?

June 20, 7 p.m., Belmont Park, N. 12th and Judson Streets, Lincoln
June 21, 7 p.m., Trago Park, N. 22nd and U Streets, Lincoln
June 22, 7 p.m., Cooper Park, S. 8th and D Streets, Lincoln
June 23, 7 p.m., Havelock Park, N. 63rd and Ballard Streets, Lincoln

Photo: Luke Glassman as Valentine and Maria Rutledge as Sylvia in Flatwater Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photo Credit: John Nollendorfs

Thursday, June 06, 2019

*The Two Gentlemen of Verona* Opens!

It's here! It's Opening Night! It's Summertime Shakespeare!

It's Flatwater Shakespeare's *The Two Gentlemen of Verona*!

June 6-9 & 13-16, 7 p.m. @ The Swan Theatre in The Stables at Wyuka -- 3600 O Street, Lincoln

Final Weekend is Flatwater FREE Shakespeare (all shows 7 p.m.):

June 20 @ Belmont Park -- 12th & Judson
June 21 @ Trago Park -- 22nd & U
June 22 @ Cooper Park -- 8th & D
June 23 @ Havelock Park -- 63rd & Ballard

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

May 30 Is Give to Lincoln Day 2019!

50 Hours and Counting Down! Give to Lincoln Day 2019 wraps up at midnight Thursday. You can donate now online or visit us at Tower Square (13th and P Streets) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Follow the link to see the kinds of programs and productions Flatwater Shakespeare brings to our community (you can also make a contribution there, too).


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Glenda Jackson, Learning as Lear

Another great conversation from the Folger's Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series.

Highlights include the impact of working with director Peter Brook and of years in public service as a Member of Parliament.

Fun fact (not in the podcast): appearing as both Cordelia and the Fool in the current production of King Lear starring Glenda Jackson is Ruth Wilson, perhaps best known as Alice in Luther (and she's back for Season 4). 


Sunday, May 19, 2019

*The Two Gentlemen of Verona* -- At the Swan and on Tour!

A beloved Lincoln tradition of theater under the stars continues this summer as Flatwater Shakespeare Company presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Swan Theatre at the Stables at Wyuka, 3600 O Street in Lincoln, for two weekends, and then on its annual Flatwater FREE Shakespeare tour of area parks. The 75-minute show, without an intermission, is ideal for the entire family and runs Thursdays through Sundays, June 6-9, June 13-16, and June 20-23. All show times are 7:00 p.m. Visit flatwatershakespearecompany.org for tickets at the Swan and for further information.

Director Patsy Koch Johns and Choreographer Vijay Olander have brought one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies into the 1990s, complete with popping and locking to hip-hop grooves. This production compresses the play's running time while retaining its humor, drama, and honest looks at how even idealistic forms of love have their shadow sides.

In the classic movie Shakespeare in Love, Philip Henslowe describes this play as “love and a bit with a dog,” but much more is going on. Maybe friendship is selfless while love can be selfish. So it would seem when Proteus is obsessed with his new love for Silvia. He abandons his former beloved, Julia, and makes sure that his friend Valentine, also in love with Silvia, is banished. Along the way, Julia assumes male disguise in order to follow Proteus, thus witnessing his crimes firsthand. Somehow all of this ends well, thanks to devoted hearts and the help of a foolish rival, two clowns, several outlaws, and a dog named Crab.

The production features Scott Shomaker and Luke Glassman as Proteus and Valentine, the Two Gentlemen of the title. Emily Ernst appears as Julia and Maria Rutledge as Silvia. Other performers include Flatwater Shakespeare veterans Katie Hoppe, Aden Marshall, Paul Shaw, and Reed Westerhoff. Joining the company for this show are Mark Ballard, Thomas Hinshaw, Jessica Johnson, Raimy O. Washington, and Jean-Paul Zuhur.

Kat Cover is costume designer and properties master. Lily Lundine is scenic designer and Kellen Voss sound designer. Reed Westerhoff is fight choreographer. The script adaptation is by Emily Ernst and Patsy Koch Johns. The music adaptation for “Who is Silvia?” is by James Oliva. Julie Doerr is dramaturg and Kathy Marshall assistant director. Sara Broad is stage manager. Michelle Zinke is tour manager and assistant stage manager. Katie Hoppe is assistant tour manager.

Ivanna Cone will once again provide free ice cream during the final weekend's tour of city parks, with a flavor inspired by the play. Also once again, Flatwater FREE Shakespeare is made possible by a grant from the Cooper Foundation.

Flatwater Shakespeare is a not-for-profit theatre company, dedicated to the principle that Shakespeare Is For Everyone. Along with providing innovative educational programs, the Company brings audiences the richness of the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be experienced – played out by a dynamic ensemble of performers on stage.


June 6-9, 7 p.m., Swan Theatre, The Stables at Wyuka, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln
June 13-16, 7 p.m., Swan Theatre, The Stables at Wyuka, 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln

June 20, 7 p.m., Belmont Park, N. 12th and Judson Streets, Lincoln
June 21, 7 p.m., Trago Park, N. 22nd and U Streets, Lincoln
June 22, 7 p.m., Cooper Park, S. 8th and D Streets, Lincoln
June 23, 7 p.m., Havelock Park, N. 63rd and Ballard Streets, Lincoln

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Spoofing the Bard with "Complete Works (Abridged)"!

The Flatwater Shakespeare Company's 2019 season begins with an irreverent, fast-paced romp through all of the Bard’s plays in just one night. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, pays tribute to Shakespeare and also makes affectionate fun at his (and our) expense.

Join the madcap antics of actors Nick Howard, Paul Schack, and Matthew A. Works as they weave their wickedly funny way through Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. There will be plenty of interaction between the actors and audience members, too. This is one wild ride that will leave you helpless with laughter. If you love Shakespeare, you’re sure to like this production. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll probably love this production!

“The Complete Works” will be performed at a new venue for FSC, The Mill Coffee and Bistro at Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, March 14-17 and March 21-24. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $18.

This is going to be an epic show,” says director Paul Durban. “I am thrilled and honored to be working with such a talented cast. If you've ever wondered what it would be like if Titus Andronicus hosted a TV cooking show, then you've got the right spirit for this script – and you'll get an answer to that question.”

FSC Executive Director Summer Lukasiewicz is excited about the season opener. “We have new venues, new collaborations, and directors who are new to Flatwater in 2019,” Lukasiewicz says. “This is an exciting season of growth as we continue to broaden our reach and strive to make Shakespeare for Everyone.”

FSC season tickets are still available for 2019, offering a 10% discount from full ticket prices. $52 purchases three admissions, one for each production – just let the box office know ahead of time which performances you'd like to see and bring the season pass with you to the shows.

You can purchase tickets and receive updated information at www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Actors Wanted for Flatwater Shakespeare's 2019 Season!

Auditions for Flatwater Shakespeare Company's 2019 Season will be held at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y Street in Lincoln, on Sunday January 13, from 3 to 7 p.m., and on Monday January 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org or Flatwater Shakespeare's Facebook page and follow the links to reserve a space in an hour-long time slot.

Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue from one of Shakespeare's comedies. Printed monologues will be available for cold readings. Do not adopt an accent – your own voice can do the job. Actors will also be asked to do some improv exercises in small groups. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time in order to complete audition forms. Please bring a current photo and also a theater resume, if you have one ready. All casting types are invited and encouraged. If you are wondering whether you are the right color, shape, or size for these productions, the answer is "Yes." Every person who auditions will be considered. 

The roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have been cast but all other roles are available. Callbacks for individual shows will be announced later.

The season begins with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. Three actors play dozens of roles in this romp through the Shakespearean canon. The show will be directed by Paul Durban and performed at The Mill Coffee & Bistro at Nebraska Innovation Campus, March 14-17 and March 21-24. Rehearsals are planned for February and March.

FSC's summer “Short Shakespeare” production for 2019 is The Two Gentlemen of Verona. A seventy-five minute version of Shakespeare's first romantic comedy will be directed by Patsy Koch-Johns. On June 6-9 and June 13-16, the play will be presented at the Swan Theatre in The Stables at Wyuka. June 19-23, the company visits Lincoln parks and other venues for this year's Flatwater FREE Shakespeare tour. Rehearsals start in late April and go through May into June.

The season concludes with William Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by FSC's Founding Artistic Director, Bob Hall. Performances are September 26-29, October 3-6, and October 10-13 at the Swan Theatre in The Stables at Wyuka. Rehearsals begin in August and go until late September.

All actors appearing in Flatwater Shakespeare Company productions receive compensation.

For questions and further information, please visit www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org. To reserve a time slot directly, visit www.tinyurl.com/FSCaudition2019.