A Midsummer Night's Dream
Flatwater Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
Tours the city of Lincoln June 30 – July 10
After "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" closes at the Lincoln Community Foundation Garden on June 26, the Flatwater Shakespeare Company will take the show on tour to parks and other outdoor locations around Lincoln. It will play at 7:00 p.m. will be offered free of charge. Freewill donations will be accepted.
The tour has been organized by the show’s properties master, Dustin Witte, and movement director, Daniel Kubert, with the help of Dave Bomberger of Lincoln Parks. This touring version will feature the entire cast of the Gardens production, directed by Bob Hall, and abridged for a 120-minute running time without intermission. Audience members should bring lawn chairs, cushions, or blankets to sit on. Free ice cream will be provided by Ivanna Cone, 701 P Street.
The schedule of performances, Thursdays through Sundays, 7 p.m.:
- June 30- Prescott Elementary School, 1930 S. 20th Street
- July 1- Cooper Park, S. 6th and D Streets
- July 2- Bethany Park, N. 65th and Vine Streets
- July 3-Henry Park, S. 44th Street and Prescott Avenue
- July 7- First Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D Street
- July 8- Trago Park, N. 22nd and U Streets
- July 9- Antelope Park@ Ager Center, 1300 S. 27th Street, by Liberty Statue
- July 10- Woods Park, S. 33rd and J Streets
The Flatwater Shakespeare Company is a Lincoln-based ensemble that has been performing for over ten years. It primarily draws upon local artists -- including Equity and university actors, professional designers and technicians, and experienced non-professionals -- in bringing Shakespeare’s plays and other classic works to the stage. Flatwater Shakespeare is intent on expanding the audience for live theater. Younger audiences and non-traditional audiences can all be better connected with the dramatic arts. The touring version of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" brings the world’s most popular comedy by the world’s most popular playwright directly to Lincoln neighborhoods.
Most of all, Flatwater Shakespeare aims to entertain. There’s a reason this script keeps getting produced centuries after Shakespeare first wrote it -- this is a hilarious and heartwarming and still thought-provoking show. One reviewer noted how Shakespeare in the play expresses his "appreciation for the magic of the [summer] season, and the production is a robust embodiment of that pleasure." Audience members have expressed their delight in the show’s "funny, charming, well-balanced, talented cast." Artistic Director Bob Hall sums it up perfectly: "For those who aren't familiar with Shakespeare, this is an excellent opportunity to give it a try. I guarantee that everyone will have a good time."
The tour of Flatwater Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is sponsored by a grant from the Woods Charitable Trust and by Prescott Elementary School, First Plymouth Congregational Church, and the Lincoln Department of Parks and Recreation.
The first weekend in July will also feature a production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the Haymarket Theatre, 803 "Q" Street, presented by the Flatwater Shakespeare Youth Ensemble and the Nebraska Youth Theatre. The play, as adapted by Stephen Buhler, is directed by Tom Crew. Performances are July 1-3 at 7 p.m. This collaboration between the Flatwater Shakespeare Company and The Haymarket Theatre has been supported by the Nebraska Humanities Council. Call 402-477-2600 to reserve tickets.
ATTACHED PHOTO: Mike Lee as Puck in the Flatwater Shakespeare Company production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
PHOTO CREDIT: John Nollendorfs.
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