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2009.05.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Nebraska Shakespeare Produces Macbeth for 23rd Season of Shakespeare on the Green

Omaha - Nebraska Shakespeare is producing Shakespeare's Macbeth for this summer’s Shakespeare on the Green 2009.

Macbeth
runs in Elmwood Park for two weeks: June 18-21, and 24-28.

Organizers anticipate a record attendance for this very popular production. The event is free to the many thousands of supporters who come to a family-friendly and magical experience. Many arrive early with their picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot “on the green.”

Activities start around 6 p.m. at the Towne Square, with live music, concessions, souvenirs and Shakespearience. Attend the nightly preshow seminars where artists and scholars gather to meet the audience and discuss Shakespeare in general and Macbeth’s production in particular at 6:30 p.m. Then for the treat of the night, Macbeth begins at 8 p.m.

This is Nebraska Shakespeare's third production of the classic tragedy, last produced by the company in 1999. D. Scott Glasser, one of the festival's associate artistic directors and a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) associate professor, is directing, marking his 10th production for Shakespeare on the Green, beginning with Julius Caesar in 1997 and including last summer's King Lear.

Glasser calls Macbeth “a tale of horror about wishing for complete power, and what happens when you do anything to get what you wish for.” Though he’s setting the play in the medieval/early Renaissance period, Glasser says the production will have “a contemporary immediacy to its pacing, action, and acting, referencing the intense presence of violence in our culture and the world.”

In its 23-year history, the festival has gained national recognition for its consistently high-quality productions, the beauty of the Elmwood Park setting and for steadily growing, enthusiastic audiences. Thanks to the dedicated core group of benefactors, volunteers, and skilled artists, Shakespeare on the Green has become a summer tradition for the people of Omaha and the Great Plains region, drawing as many as 35,000 people each season.

The festival owes its existence to a dedicated group of local corporations, foundations and private individuals, along with its unique partnership with UNO, Creighton University, City of Omaha, Omaha Parks Department, Douglas County Tourism Division and the Nebraska Arts Council.

The second annual "Will’s Best Friend Dog Contest" is Saturday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. Corporate sponsor PETCO will have lots of treats to give the entrants.

For more information call (402) 280-2391 or visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908. This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to www.unomaha.edu/100/.

 

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