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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tupelo Springfield Joins the Festivities

It's official!  Tupelo Springfield, the house band for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English will join forces with Vince Learned in supplying music for Flatwater Shakespeare's Ides of March Gala on March 13.

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Listen to some of Shakespeare's sonnets as performed by Sweet Will and the Saucy Jacks here --


and Sonnet 138 as performed by Tupelo Springfield here --


Don't Beware the Ides of March!

Be There (for) the Ides of March!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Bob Hall on what Free Shakespeare means!

"But why free?

"To ensure that the greatest, most moving, most telling drama ever created is available to everyone, in all walks of life and in all sorts of places."

Read the rest of Bob's essay in the February 2013 issue of Prairie Fire Newspaper:


Photo: Eric Ojeda as Nick Bottom argues with Robie Hayek as Peter Quince in Flatwater Shakespeare Company's 2011 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, staged free of charge in the courtyard of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE.  Photo Credit: Bob Hall.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Flatwater Shakespeare’s Ides of March Gala
March 13 at the Rococo Theatre
to Support Free Flatwater Shakespeare in Lincoln Parks.

The Ides of March Gala in support of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company's Free Shakespeare in the Parks program takes place March 13, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Rococo Theatre, 128 N.  13th Street, Lincoln.

The Gala will feature food and drink along with Shakespeare-inspired music and skits. The honorary hosts include Phil and Barbara Heckman, Susan and Lynn Johnson, Melodee and David Landis, Carren and Tice Miller, Darl Naumann, and W. Don and Andrea Nelson.

The evening promises to be “fanciful, frolicking fun for friends of Flatwater!”

Dinner and Socializing from 6:30 to 7:30 will be followed by Eccentric Entertainment from 7:30 to 9:00. The donation is $75. Those who can’t make it for dinner can join the festivities at 7:30 for $25.

For information and to reserve tickets, call 402-473-2897. Tickets can be also purchased by mail: simply send your check before March 1 to Flatwater Shakespeare Company, P. O. Box 84935, Lincoln, NE 68501-4935.


For the past two summers, Flatwater Shakespeare has brought free Shakespeare to the people of Lincoln at city parks and at such venues as the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, First Plymouth Church, and Prescott Elementary. These plays were attended by close to 4000 patrons, hailing from all parts of Lincoln and including more families with children and a more racially and ethnically diverse audience than the company has seen in its twelve years of performing.

Artistic Director Bob Hall observes, “The productions may be free to Lincoln audiences, but of course they are not free for us to produce. For one thing all our actors and technicians are paid. We’re very proud of that.” Flatwater Shakespeare believes in free Shakespeare programs to help ensure that the greatest, most moving, most telling drama ever created is available to everyone, from all walks of life and in all sorts of places. The company believes passionately that Shakespeare can be a uniquely life changing experience.

This summer, Flatwater Shakespeare will present Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Becky Key Boesen, opening June 5 at the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden through June 16 and then touring Lincoln parks and other venues June 20-30. Help us keep delivering the Bard to Lincoln: 

Don't Beware the Ides of March – Be There (just before) the Ides of March!

Visit www.flatwatershakespeare.org for other information about both the production and the Gala.