By Chase Winter, Contributor
The grass is green and despite cool rains, the weather is getting warmer. When the sun is shining, students can be found lying under the trees on campus, reading or resting between classes. With the change of seasons and the arriv-al of warmer weather, University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate Vincent Carlson-Brown has less time to relax as he prepares for an Omaha tradition: Shakespeare on the Green.
Carlson-Brown is the artistic director for Nebraska Shakespeare, an organization promoting the works of William Shakespeare through productions, contests and presentations. Prior to becoming artistic director, Carlson-Brown provided security, served as a carpenter and acted for Nebraska Shakespeare. His major motivation during the production season is seeing Shakespeare’s work come alive.
“Dramatic literature is a map for something yet to arrive,” Carlson-Brown said. “‘From page to the stage’ is the treat.”
This year, Shakespeare on the Green will showcase “As You Like It” on June 18–21 as well as July 1, 2 and 5. Additionally, “Othello” will be featured on June 25–28, 30 and July 3.
Among those performing is UNO theatre major Scott Pace. Playing in “Julius Caesar,” “Titus Andronicus,” “Comedy of Errors” and “Twelfth Night,” Pace has had his share of fun mixed with fright.
One of Pace’s favorite moments in acting for Shakespeare on the Green was performing in “Twelfth Night” for around 14,400 people. “It was, and still is, the largest crowd I’ve ever performed in front of,” Pace said. “I had never experi-enced an energy like that crowd.”
With Shakespeare on the Green taking place in the heat of the summer, dehydration becomes an issue for the hardworking cast and crew of the shows. Pace remembers a show when cast members “overheated and passed out” during the show. Fortunately for Pace, he lasted the entire show before succumbing to dehydration and blacking out.
Despite such hardships, Pace keeps coming back for more Shakespeare on the Green, playing a soldier in “Othello” and some minor characters in “As You Like It” for his third season this summer.
When the weather is warm, the grass is green and the sun shines, consider attending Shakespeare on
the Green this summer. Experience the mapmaking for “something yet to arrive.”
Show dates, times and other details can be found at: http:// nebraskashakespeare.com.