Shakespeare on the Green Continues with ‘King John’
June 29th, 2018
Omaha, NEâ€”Nebraska Shakespeareâ€™s 2nd production of Shakespeare on the Green is running nowâ€”King John. Each year, the company puts on two of Shakespeareâ€™s plays, one comedy and one tragedy, one with a contemporary spin, and one inspired by the period. The comedy, Much Ado About Nothing featured a young romance in a 50s Italian villa, but this weekendâ€™s King John, directed by Vincent Carlson-Brown, wonâ€™t spare any of the plays medieval violence.
King John, son of Richard the Lionheart, upon receiving the crown, seeks to defend it against the King of France and the apparent illegitimate son of the patriarch. But we wonâ€™t mention a certain HBO series.
But regardless of the populist appeal, Carlson-Brown has been looking to direct it for several years now.
King John is one of Shakespeareâ€™s lesser known plays, which leaves the director, cast and crew a unique task.
Contrary to many of Shakespeareâ€™s plays, even the tragedies, a young love interest isnâ€™t integral to the story.
Much of the story of King John is played out on the battlefield, but that doesnâ€™t mean the violence is gratuitous. Carlson Brown is a master of stage fighting, and the three major battles are able to carry the narrative.
Nebraska Shakespeareâ€™s King John, part of Shakespeare on the Green, is going on now, tonight through Sunday and July 1st, 6th, and 8th with curtains at 8:00pm. For more information, visit Nebraska Shakespeare.com.
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