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2013.06.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: nellie maccallum - Nebraska Shakespeare
phone: 402.900.6066 - email: nmaccallum@nebraskashakespeare.com

contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Shakespeare on the Green Returns for 27th Year with 'Twelfth Night,' 'Titus Andronicus'
Nebraska Shakespeare Will Perform 'Titus Andronicus' For First Time

Omaha - An Omaha tradition returns Thursday, June 20, as Shakespeare on the Green returns for its 27th season with productions of "Twelfth Night" and "Titus Andronicus" on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.

The two professional productions, presented by the Nebraska Shakespeare Company, will run through Sunday, July 7, and are presented for free to the Omaha-metro community. “Twelfth Night” returns to the stage for the first time since 2003 while “Titus Andronicus” is making its Shakespeare on the Green debut.

Thousands of supporters regularly attend the annual showcase of the world’s famous playwright, with many arriving early to lay claim to a good spot “on the green.”

Activities begin at 6 p.m. each night with music, concessions, souvenirs and an educational “Shakesperience.” A “Scholars Forum” is also available beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night with artists and scholars gathering to meet audience members and discuss all things Shakespeare.

The pre-show “Greenshow” begins at 7 p.m. with veteran juggler Jek Kelly, music by Madrigali et al and the return of “Two Minute Shakespeare,” an interactive and comedic take on the bard’s best plays.

Shows begin each night at 8 p.m.

“Twelfth Night”

"If music be the food of love play on, give me excess of it." Orsino – “Twelfth Night,” Act I, Scene One.

Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek makes his directorial debut for Shakespeare On The Green, directing Twelfth Night.

Clark-Kaczmarek, an Omaha Public Schools administrator, is an actor and director in the Omaha area and has directed over 50 plays and musicals for the stage.

This year’s production of “Twelfth Night,” puts a twist on an old tale with a musical parody melding the work of visuals of Dr. Seuss and the bright pants, tutus, leather topcoats and punked-out hair of the 80’s for what Nebraska Shakespeare is calling “Suess-Punk”

“Titus Andronicus”

"When will this fearful slumber have an end?" Titus - "Titus Andronicus," Act III, Scene One.

Directing “Titus Androncius” is Vincent Carlson-Brown, interim artistic director for Nebraska Shakespeare. This year will mark Carlson-Brown’s 14th season and second time directing for Shakespeare On The Green.

"’Titus’ will prove to be exciting for us and our audience, as we work through Shakespeare's earliest tragedy with the integrity in which it was originally written, while maintaining sensitivity to our long-time audience,” said Carlson-Brown. “’Titus Andronicus’ is a story about family, loss, power, and revenge; it was a wildly popular play in Shakespeare's own time. It wasn't the actions of the characters that led us to present the play, but the poetry of Shakespeare's language and the beautifully tragic way the characters deal with each other and themselves through it all. Titus will be produced traditionally in a fictional 1st Century Rome, enlisting classic silhouettes and architecture."

Due to the mature content and graphic nature of the subject matter, audience discretion is advised.

Also at this year’s Shakespeare on the Green will be the Sixth Annual “Will’s Best Friend Dog Contest,” which will take place on Sunday, June 23, at 6 p.m. Corporate sponsor PETCO will have lots of treats to give the entrants.

Shakespeare on the Green is located at the upper end of Elmwood Park. The entrance is just south of UNO’s Henningson Memorial Campanille and the Weber Fine Arts Building. On-campus parking will be available for event attendees.

“Twelfth Night” performs on June 20-23 and July 3, 5, and 7. “Titus Andronicus” runs June 27-30 and July 2, 6. For more information call 402.280.2391 or visit www.nebraskashakespeare.com.

For media requests, please contact nellie maccallum, marketing director for Shakespeare on the Green, at 402.900.6066 or by email at nmaccallum@nebraskashakespeare.com.

For additional media assistance, please contact Charley Reed, media relations coordinator at UNO, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

In its 27-year history, Shakespeare On The Green has gained national recognition for its consistently high-quality productions, the beauty of the Elmwood Park setting, and for its 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 over 25,000 people each season. On The Green 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, and the City of Omaha, the Omaha Parks Department, the Douglas County Tourism Division and the Nebraska Arts Council.

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