The 28th season of Shakespeare on the Green is underway in Elmwood Park, located just behind Criss Library! This year's plays include The Tempest, a contemporary Italian, action-oriented take on Shakespeare's masterpiece final play, and The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a wild and thrillingly hilarious tackling of all of Shakespeare’s work in just over two hours!
Both productions are presented by Nebraska Shakespeare and UNO. Nebraska Shakespeare is a partner organization of the new Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center.
The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Synopsis
Runs: June 26-29, July 2, 5
Expanded from a cast of three into twelve Elizabethan archetypes, the cast will play caricatured versions of themselves (mostly) within these stock roles as we add a little more Shakespeare to this Shakespeare parody which promises to be a wild and thrillingly hilarious tackling of all of Shakespeare’s work in just over two hours.
The Tempest Synopsis
Runs: July 1, 3, 6
Alonso, the King of Naples, and his associates encounter a storm that splits their boat in two while returning from his daughter’s wedding.
On a nearby island, Miranda, anxious about the fate of those on the ship, is assured by her father, Prospero that everyone is safe. He used his powers to conjure the storm when fate brought his enemies near. He tells Miranda how he was "supplanted" from his position as Duke of Milan by his brother Antonio, and Alonso. He and Miranda were sent to sea in a rickety boat with only his magic books, and have been living on the island for twelve years with two servants: Ariel, a spirit, and Caliban, a savage.
Ariel lures Ferdinand, Alonso’s son, to Prospero's cell, where he is enraptured by Miranda. Elsewhere, Alonso and the Neapolitans search for Ferdinand. When Ariel induces them into a trance-like sleep, Antonio encourages Sebastian, the King’s brother, to murder Alonso so Sebastian can rule Naples, a plan that is thwarted by Ariel.
Caliban comes upon Trinculo and Stephano, two of the King’s servants. Heavy with drink, he convinces them to kill Prospero so they can rule the island. Ariel informs Prospero of the plan. With Ariel’s assistance, Prospero finds ways to punish his enemies, and thwart their plans. Persuaded by Ariel to seek not only revenge, but reconciliation, Prospero asks Ariel to bring all of the Neapolitans to him, where he confronts, and ultimately, forgives them.
Alonso is reunited with Ferdinand. Prospero frees Caliban and Ariel, and boards the ship with the Neopolitans to return to Italy for the wedding of Ferdinand and Miranda, which will reunite Naples and Milan, at least for a time.