2012.06.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Nellie MacCallum - Nebraska Shakespeare
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Shakespeare on the Green Celebrates 26th Season with 'Julius Caesar,' 'Comedy of Errors'
Omaha - For its 26th season, Nebraska Shakespeare’s Shakespeare on the Green festival returns to Elmwood Park with two classic plays: "Julius Caesar" and "The Comedy of Errors." Performances begin Thursday, June 21 and run through Sunday, July 8.
The two professional productions are free to the public and regularly attended by thousands, many of who arrive early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to get a good spot “on the Green,” which is located at the northwest end of Elmwood Park. The entrance is just south of UNO’s Henningson Memorial Campanille on University Drive South.
Activities start at 6 p.m. at the Towne Square, featuring live music, concessions and souvenirs. Also at 6 p.m. is an educational “Shakespearience!” for youth that can be found near the Lauritzen Education stage at the south end of the Green.
A Scholar’s Forum will start nightly at 6:30 p.m., offering pre-show seminars featuring the artists and scholars who help put on Shakespeare on the Green each year. Also, at 7 p.m., guests can hear the wonderful music of the Heartland Flute Choir on stage and the Madrigali et al choir as part of the Greenshow, leading into a prompt 8 p.m. start time for each show.
Alan Klem, artistic director and co-founder of Nebraska Shakespeare, is directing "Julius Caesar," which tells the story of the lauded Roman general and political figure of the same name and his assassination at the hands of some of his closest confidants. Klem’s interpretation of this year’s dramatic selection will focus on Brutus as a defining character.
"Julius Caesar" runs June 21-24 and July 6 and 8. The play was last performed at Shakespeare on the Green in 1997.
Vincent Carlson-Brown, associate artistic director of Nebraska Shakespeare, will direct "The Comedy of Errors," a story of mistaken identity and slapstick violence. Carlson-Brown, a UNO graduate who started with the company 12 years ago as an intern, will update Shakespeare’s classic comedy to take place during the Dustbowl of the 1930s.
"Comedy of Errors" runs June 28-30 and July 1, 5 and 7. The play was last performed at Shakespeare on the Green in 1999.
Sunday, June 24’s presentation of "Julius Caesar" and Sunday, July 1’s presentation of "Comedy of Errors" will be interpreted in American Sign Language for the hearing impaired.
Other events occurring with this year’s festival include Camp Shakespeare, which runs June 25 – July 6. Over the course of two weeks, students will work with professional artists and educators from Nebraska Shakespeare to better understand the works of one of history’s greatest authors. Participants will complete the camp with performances in the Weber Fine Arts Building at 6 p.m. and on the Green at 7 p.m. on July 6, 7 and 8.
The Fifth Annual Will’s Best Friend Dog Contest is Sunday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to show off your best friend with categories such as the best Shakespeare character, the smallest, the biggest, the oldest, the friendliest, the heaviest and people's choice. For more information, call 402.280.2391 or visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.
In its 26-year history, the festival has gained national recognition for its consistently high-quality productions, the beauty of the Elmwood Park setting and for its steadily growing, enthusiastic audiences.
With support from 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 30,000 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 Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the City of Omaha, the Omaha Parks Department, the Douglas County Tourism Division and the Nebraska Arts Council.
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