Nebraska Center for Writers
(Omaha, NE)--Noted English playwright William Shakespeare makes his annual appearance in Nebraska this summer with two productions, The Taming of the Shrew and Henry V. The plays are this year's offering in the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, also known as "Shakespeare on the Green."

Attendance records at the annual event have been climbing steadily throughout its history, with an average of 2,500 people attending each performance, and a total of 32,000 people attending last year's productions. Taming of the Shrew shows June 20-23, July 4 and 6. Henry's run is June 27-30, July 5 and 7. The performance takes place at Elmwood Park, south of the University of Nebraka--Omaha, 66th and Dodge. Admission and parking (in UNO lots) are free. For more information, call 280.2391.

Hardest Working Man in the Lit Biz

Asked why he keeps coming back, the "sweet swan of Avon" said, "As you know, summer's my busy season. I mean, I've got productions going on all over the country! But I come back to Nebraska because of the people. They're so friendly! They make a chap like me feel right at home, except, of course, for the occasional tornado. But I say, fie on't! The play's the thing! That and a nice dinner down in the Old Market."

Bald-pated Author Sighted on the Web

If you can't get enough of the "upstart crow," have a look at these Shakespeare pages on the Web:

Shakespeare Web

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

A Virtual Tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

A Virtual Tour of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's Home Town

How to Write Like Shakespeare

How to Talk Like Shakespeare

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