By: Jim Minge Email
By: Jim Minge Email

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What: “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare on the Green

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20 (Opening Night)

Where: Elmwood Park, just south of UNO’s campus off of 60th and Dodge streets


Cost: FREE

I'd love to hear some names of the bands that might play this new genre of music called "Seuss Punk." Maybe the Dead Sneeches? Or Sonic Loraxes? What about The Seuss Pistols? Someone call Saddle Creek Records – I think we have something here.

You can thank Nebraska Shakespeare, one of the most inventive art groups in Omaha, for this new genre, for Seuss Punk. Year after year, the group that produces Shakespeare on the Green comes up with a fresh new twist on the Bard's works. This year they've got a doozy. What do you get when you mix the visuals of Dr. Seuss and bright pants, tutus, leather topcoats and the punked-out hair of the '80s? Seuss-punk, of course.

That's what they're calling the twist that they've put on the musical parody of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (pictured above), which opens Thursday, June 20, in Elmwood Park just south of the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. The show will kick off the 27th season of the annual summer tradition, which draws thousands of people of all ages (with blankets and bottles of wine and juice boxes in hand) to see professional actors interpret the Bard in a wonderful outdoor setting.

The three-week event begins with a comedy (Twelfth Night, June 20-23 and July 3, 6, and 7), and then is followed by a tragedy – this year the Shakespeare on the Green debut of Titus Andronicus (June 27-30 and July 2 and 6).

Activities begin each night at 6 p.m. with music, a scholars forum, and the educational "Shakesperience." The pre-show "Greenshow" beings at 7 p.m. with veteran juggler Jek Kelly, music by Madrigali and the return of "Two-Minute Shakespeare,” an interactive comedy take on the Bard's best plays (good, funny stuff!). The shows are staged each night at 8 p.m. AND IT'S FREE EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. Love that.

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