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Nebraska Repertory Theatre   ABIGAIL/1702

The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, the state’s only regional professional theatre, associated with the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, launches its first year-round season September 30, 2017 with ABIGAIL/1702 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

October 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 pm and October 8, 15 at 2:00 pm in the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater. Tickets are available through the Lied Center Ticket Office at 301 North 12th Street, 402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231 Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm, or online at http://www.liedcenter.org. A five-show season ticket is $120, $60 for students and member of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute). Individual tickets for ABIGAIL/1702 are $30, $15 for students and OLLI members.

The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, affiliated with the Actors’ Equity Association, has been on hiatus since its final summer season in 2014. A new collaboration between the Nebraska Repertory Theatre and the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and a merger of the Nebraska Rep and University Theatre begins with ABIGAIL/1702. According to Park, “Nebraska Rep is thrilled to kick-off our 49th year with a bold new vision. For decades, we’ve served Lincoln as a professional summer repertory theatre. We are pleased to announce that we are now a year-round theatre. The theme of our season this year is Classics Reimagined. Not only are we reimagining Nebraska Repertory Theatre and expanding our season, but all of our shows this year tell familiar stories in a new way.”

ABIGAIL/1702     Ten years after The Crucible’s infamous seductress, Abigail Williams, danced with the devil in Salem, darkness returns. As she cares for a young sailor on the brink of death, a mysterious stranger from Abigail’s past catches up with her, sending her on one final, suspense-filled quest for redemption.

Park explains the background of the play: “Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, is a fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials that occurred in 1692. The play takes aim at the hysteria that swept colonial Salem, Massachusetts and caused twenty innocent victims to hang as witches.”

At the beginning of Miller’s play, Reverend Parris catches his niece, Abigail Williams, and several of her friends dancing in the woods. Fearing severe punishment, the girls pretend to be possessed by friends, family members and neighbors.

Park continues, “Abigail Williams is a cunning manipulator. She easily whips the other girls into an emotional frenzy…One man, John Proctor, knows that [she] is lying…Worried for his friends and neighbors, John threatens to reveal his infidelity with Abigail to the court if necessary to stop her…Eventually, Abigail stands by as even John is accused. Unable to watch John Proctor hang, Abigail steals Reverend Parris’ life savings and flees from Salem. ABIGAIL/1702 begins 10 years after John Proctor and 19 others were falsely accused, sentenced and hung for witchcraft.”

 

 

THE SEASON CONTINUES…                                                                                                   

THE SERPENT by Jean-Claude van Itallie | November 3 – 19

THE HOLIDAY CABARET conceived by Andy Park, featuring Chicago’s The Lakeshore Dolls | December 13 – 17

AVENUE Q | March 2 – 16

THE REP’S RISING STARS | March 30 & 31

William Golding’s LORD OF THE FLIES adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams | April 13 – 22

Source: Nebraska Repertory Theatre | University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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Sept – Oct – The Weir – Flatwater Shakespeare COMPANY

The power of stories to build community meets the great Irish tradition of the bar-room tale in “The Weir,” Conor McPherson’s brilliant play about loss, the paranormal, and the consolations of connection. In the setting of a small rural pub in the northwest of Ireland, the regulars and their host fall into swapping ghost stories, the sort of local legends and anecdotes that over the years get stretched in the telling. But this evening is different from an average night at the pub, because a new visitor has arrived, with a story of her own, and it may just change everything.Performances run 90 minutes, with no intermission, and include strong language and adult themes. The show is recommended for mature audiences only.

This fall, the Flatwater Shakespeare Company digs deep into mystery with a two-week run of “The Weir.” Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, September 28 to October 1, and October 4-8, with all shows beginning 7 p.m. in the open-air theater of The Stables at Wyuka, 3600 “O” Street in Lincoln.

Source: Flatwater Shakespeare COMPANY

Nebraska Repertory Theatre announces 2017-18 season

After a three-year hiatus, Nebraska Repertory Theatre returns this fall for the 2017-18 theater season at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
A New Look for a New 
Nebraska Repertory Theatre
 
Nebraska Rep Debuts New Logo
and 2017 – 2018 Offerings
The Mission
Nebraska Repertory Theatre creates innovative theatrical experiences to ignite the imagination, challenge the heart, promote an inclusive community and inspire the next generation of theatre artists.
ABIGAIL/1702

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by the Nebraska Rep’s new artistic director, Andy Park.

Ten years after The Crucible‘s infamous seductress, Abigail Williams, danced with the devil in Salem, darkness returns. As she cares for a young sailor on the brink of death, a mysterious stranger from Abigail’s past catches up with her, sending her on one final, suspense-filled quest for redemption.
Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater
September 30 –
October 15

THE SERPENT

by Jean-Claude van Itallie

directed by Wesley Broulik
This brilliant and groundbreaking tour de force in contemporary improvisational theatre explores the Book of Genesis, and relates it to our modern experience with an eloquence and power which had earned it recognition as a milestone of American drama. Most of the work is choreographed movement, pantomime, human sounds and music made by bells, horns, whistles, tambourines and other hand-held instruments.
Temple Building
November 3 – 19

THE HOLIDAY CABARET

conceived and directed by

Andy Park
Audiences will be treated to holiday standards performed by favorite past Rep performers, emerging artists and surprise guests. To headline this year’s Cabaret, the Rep welcomes Chicago’s premiere, sweet-singing female trio, THE LAKESHORE DOLLS. The Cabaret will get everyone in the holiday spirit with this toe-tapping, uplifting night of song, good cheer and revelry.
Temple Building
December 13 – 17

The state’s only regional professional theatre will offer a six-production season beginning September 30, 2017. Tickets are available now through the Lied Center Ticket Office at 301 North 12th Street, 402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231 Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM, or online at liedcenter.org (see link below).
The Nebraska Repertory Theatre, affiliated with the professional Actors’ Equity Association, has been on hiatus since 2014. A new collaboration between the Nebraska Repertory Theatre and the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and a merger of the Nebraska Rep and University Theatre begins this fall. The Nebraska Rep, over a nine-month season during the academic year, will further expand opportunities for audiences and students to engage with professional artists.
Coming this Spring
AVENUE Q

Music and Lyrics by

Robert Lopez and
Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an Original Concept by
Robert Lopez and
Jeff Marx
Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater
March 2 – 16, 2018

THE REP’S RISING STARS

Temple Building

March 30 – April 1, 2018

William Goulding’s
LORD OF THE FLIES
adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Temple Building
April 13 – 22, 2018

After a three-year hiatus, Nebraska Repertory Theatre returns this fall for the 2017-18 theater season at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Source: Nebraska Repertory Theatre announces 2017-18 season after long hiatus | Arts & Entertainment | dailynebraskan.com

Nebraska Repertory Theatre opens its season Sept. 30 | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Nebraska Repertory Theatre opens its season Sept. 30

Andy Park announces the season at a special event May 11 at The Dish in Lincoln. Photo by Michael Reinmiller.
Andy Park announces the season at a special event May 11 at The Dish in Lincoln. Photo by Michael Reinmiller.

The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film with the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is relaunching the Nebraska Repertory Theatre this fall. The state’s only regional, professional theatre will offer a five-production season beginning September 30.

Tickets are available now through the Lied Center Box Office at (402) 472-4747 or (800) 432-3231 Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or online at http://www.liedcenter.org. A five-show season ticket is $120 and $60 for students and members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

See more – Source: Nebraska Repertory Theatre opens its season Sept. 30 | Announce | University of Nebraska-Lincoln

John Branyan – The Three Little Pigs – Bing video

shakespearean three little pigs. Prepare to enjoy this video. -keith

Source: John Branyan – The Three Little Pigs – Bing video

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Source: Top 10 skills children learn from the arts – The Washington Post

Full story is even better. -keith —–
Top 10 skills children learn from the arts
By Valerie Strauss January 22, 2013
1. Creativity
2. Confidence
3. Problem Solving
4. Perseverance
5. Focus
6. Non-Verbal Communication
7. Receiving Constructive Feedback
8. Collaboration
9. Dedication
10. Accountability.

New Season – Lincoln Community Playhouse

Keith – I loved the 100 dresses – keithSource: Lincoln Community Playhouse – Lincoln Family Theater

Lincoln Community Playhouse revealed the Season 72 slate of plays. The season is filled with Playhouse premieres, said Executive Director Morrie Enders.
The season includes:
Fox on the Fairway by Ken Ludwig. July 28-30, August 4-6, 2017. A farce centered on the rivalry between adjoining golf courses. Playhouse premiere.
Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe. September 15-17, 21-24, 2017. The classic musical about King Arthur and the romance of Camelot.
The Hundred Dresses adapted by Mary Hall Surface from the book by Eleanor Estes. October 20-22, 27-29, 2017.  When an immigrant family arrives in an American small town in the 1930
s, lessons are learned about bullying and understanding. Playhouse premiere.
Ethan Claymore by Norm Foster. November 10-12, 17-19, 2017. A romantic comedy about a reclusive Canadian egg farmer finding love around the holiday season. Lincoln premiere.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. December 8-10, 15-17, 2017. When the wild Herdman kids take over the annual church Christmas pageant, a miracle is needed.
Disney The Lion King Experience, Jr. by Elton John and Tim Rice. March 1-4, 8-11, 2018. Simba learns about the circle of life among the creatures of the grasslands in this youth version of the Broadway blockbuster. Lincoln premiere.
Penguin Project: The Music Man Jr. by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. June 8-10, 15-17, 2018. Our acclaimed Penguin Project becomes part of our season with this musical comedy about Harold Hill
s attempt to sell a boys band to River City.
Two of the premiere shows are still to be revealed. Lincoln Community Playhouse is one of six community theatres in the country to premiere one of the winning scripts from the American Association of Community Theatre New Play Festival selection. The play selection will be announced on May 1. This world premiere will be performed January 19-21, 26-28, 2018.
The final musical of the season also remains a mystery.
We were given the rights to a newly released show but cant announce the title until November 2017, Enders said, But be assured it is one of Broadways biggest hits and our audiences will be standing in the aisles dancing to some legendary music. This Playhouse premiere will be performed April 27-29, May 4-6 and May 11-13, 2018.

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