This November, as part of the 30th anniversary of the founding of Nebraska Shakespeare, the theater departments at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are taking Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and turning it into a two-part series, A War of Roses. Both campuses will host performances, featuring student actors and professional actors who are alumni of each school.
“It’s totally unique in college theater in that we don’t think two universities and another institution (Nebraska Shakespeare) have collaborated on doing two plays in repertory before,” said Amy Lane, PhD, assistant professor of theater in Creighton’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. “The Henry VI plays are so apropos in this particular moment. And the way we’ve chosen to perform them is going to have a striking effect.”
A War of Roses will begin with the first part, Foreign Flames, at UNO’s Weber Fine Arts Building, staged Nov. 3 to 6, and Nov. 10, 12 and 13. The second part of the production, A Fire Within, runs Nov. 11 to 13 and Nov. 17 to 20 on the Mainstage at the Lied Education Center for the Arts.
Photo: A Creighton student practices stage fighting with Vincent Carlson-Brown, interim artistic director for Nebraska Shakespeare. Credit: Dave Weaver