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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Antony and Cleopatra opens September 9

A Roman general and an Egyptian queen meet each other’s match in desire, jealousy, and ambition. Their epic love affair changes the course of history.

The Flatwater Shakespeare Company proudly presents William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra in the Swan Theatre at Wyuka, 3600 O Street in Lincoln, beginning Thursday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue Friday-Sunday, September 10-12; and Thursday-Sunday, September 16-19 and 23-26. All show times are 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Call 473-2897 for reservations.

Antony is Rome’s ablest, most fearless commander. Cleopatra is one of the world’s cleverest – and most alluring – monarchs. They become, in Antony’s own words, “such a mutual pair” who “stand up peerless” on the stage of empire. Their passion leads them to join forces against Octavius, the future Augustus Caesar, in a contest of political will and military might.

Directed and designed by Bob Hall, the production features Vince Learned and Melissa Lewis Nuss in the title roles. Scott Herr is Octavius, their formidable rival. Nathan Weiss appears as Enobarbus, a cynical warrior and Antony’s trusted aide. Noelle Bohaty, Darin Hemmer, Danny Kubert, and Dawn Marie Moe are Cleopatra’s devoted followers.

Other performers include Flatwater regulars Andy Dillehay, John Marinovich, Dick Nielsen, Richard Sibley, Andrea Swartz, Jeff Tinnean, and Dustin Witte. Joining Flatwater for this show are Eric Ojeda and Shawn White. The stage manager is Elbert Traylor. Costumes are by Kat Cover, with set construction by Richard Imig and lighting design by Richard Schroeder. Choreography is by Danny Kubert, with sound design and original music by dramaturg Stephen Buhler.

Antony and Cleopatra is the last Flatwater production scheduled for the Swan Theatre before its restoration beginning in 2011. Patrons should be aware of possible road construction on O Street in September and consider using Wyuka’s Vine Street and 40th entrance gate.

Flatwater Shakespeare is a professional not-for-profit theatre company, dedicated to bringing audiences the richness of the works of William Shakespeare as they were meant to be experienced – played out live on stage by a dynamic ensemble of performers. For more about Flatwater, go to www.flatwatershakespeare.org. And you can follow us on Facebook, too!

Antony and Cleopatra
Dates: September 9-12, 16-19, 23-26
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: The Swan Theatre at Wyuka, 3600 "O" St. Lincoln
Tickets: (402) 473-2897
$18 Adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bookfair Performances

Cast members from Antony and Cleopatra performed at Flatwater Shakespeare's B&N Bookfair last Thursday. Performers included Melissa Lewis Nuss as Cleopatra, Vince Learned as Antony, Nathan Weiss as Enobarbus, Scott Herr as Caesar, Jeff Tinnean as Scarrus (and filling in as Agrippa), and John Marinovich as Maecenas. Dramaturg Steve Buhler appeared in a range of roles and genders. Audience members joined in the Roman Party Drinking Song ("Cup us till the world go round") and started getting ready for the show's opening Thursday, September 9, at the Swan Theatre.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Flatwater Shakespeare Bookfair

Flatwater Shakespeare Company’s first Bookfair will take place Thursday, August 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the SouthPointe Barnes and Noble, 2910 Pine Lake Road, in Lincoln. Your purchases will support Flatwater’s performance mission and educational programs.

You can preview Flatwater’s next production, “Antony and Cleopatra” in September, as select scenes from the play will be presented every half-hour from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Meet the cast and creative team for the show – and learn more about Flatwater and about the Bard in Performance.

Use Bookfair vouchers – see the photo above, they're also available at flatwatershakespeare.org – any time that day and a percentage of the net sale will be contributed to Flatwater Shakespeare. If you can’t attend the bookfair in person, visit bn.com/bookfairs to support Flatwater online August 19 to 23 by entering Bookfair ID 10227643 at checkout.

Flatwater Shakespeare has been called “a Lincoln treasure” – here’s a great opportunity to show how much you value the company’s contributions to the artistic life of our community.