Shakespeare On The Green

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Celebrating 35 Years of Your Nebraska Shakespeare!
Imagine being safely back On The Green, under the stars with space reserved just for you.


Shakespeare on the Green 2021:


Fan Favorite!

Love's Labor's Lost by William Shakespeare

Adaptor and Director Addie Barnhart

July 1 - 3, 6, 7, 10


Produced in Omaha for the first time!

William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)

by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Director Anthony Clark-Kaczmarek

June 24 - 27, July 8, 9, 11


The season consists of two productions with smaller cast sizes and many protocols to be put into action for Covid safety. We love and cherish our entire community! We look forward to providing theatre and togetherness this summer.


Stay tuned to our website and social media updates for job positions, how we are holding auditions, and other related information as we proceed.


Shakespeare On The Green is located in Young Park, accessible from the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. The entrance to the park is adjacent to Parking Lot "M" (south of the bell tower). University of Nebraska at Omaha – Young Park 411 North Elmwood Road Omaha, NE 68132 Parking for Shakespeare On The Green is available in any of the surface lots as well as in the East and West garages on UNO's campus. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to find better parking.


From the East: West on I-80 to south 60th street (Exit 450). Right on South 60th Street. Left on Elmwood Park Drive. Right on Elmwood Park Road. Right to stay on Elmwood Park Road. Left to Stay on Elmwood Park Road. Continue Straight onto University Drive South. From the North: South on I-680. exit I-680 S at US-6 (Exit 3), toward US-6/West Dodge Road/Boy's Town. Merge onto US-6 E via the exit on the left. Turn right onto South 67th Street/University Drive West. From the West: East on I-80 to I-680 North (Exit 446). North on I-680 to US-6/West Dodge Road (Exit 3), toward W Dodge Rd/Boy's Town. Merge onto US-6 E via the exit on the left. Turn right onto South 67th Street/University Drive West.
From the South: North on I-29 to I-80 West. West on I-80 to 60th Street (Exit 450) Right on South 60th Street. Left on Elmwood Park Drive. Right on Elmwood Park Road. Right to stay on Elmwood Park Road. Left to Stay on Elmwood Park Road. Continue Straight onto University Drive South. Bus Service The Omaha Metro website provides detailed instructions on how to use public transit. Route #2 travels to UNO. For more information on public transportation routes and schedules, call Omaha Metro at (402) 341-0800.


Our ShakesGear will be available at the 2021 Shakespeare On The Green productions.


Shakespeare On The Green is a family and pet friendly outdoor experience. Each summer we produce two plays that run in repertory for three weeks, plus much much more! Shakespeare On The Green offers activities for kids, forums for adults, a Towne Square full of great food and souvenirs, and even a contest for pets! Come early to get a great seat on the lawn (blankets and folding chairs encouraged. No tarps, please.). The fun starts at 6:00pm.

For your convenience, below are answers to the questions we receive most frequently.
How much are tickets? We do not sell tickets for Shakespeare on the Green. It is created as an admission-free event. We do however, ask for a $10 - $20 minimum goodwill donation at the door to offset the costs associated with creating the event and to help keep it accessible for everyone year after year. When does the performance begin?
The play will start at 8:00pm, but events and activities start as early as 6:00pm. How long is the play?
The performance runs roughly two and a half hours. Between Acts in each play there is one fifteen minute intermission (included in the two and a half hours). Where can I park?
Parking is available all over UNO's campus. Arrive early for the best spots or become a member for reserved parking! Are there souvenirs/concessions?
Yes. Towne Square, located near the entrance to the park, offers dinner options and an assortment of ShakesGear for purchase. When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving early to get better parking, pick your spot on the green, and take part in the full On The Green Experience. You may also lay out blankets (no tarps, please) prior to arrival for the performance as early as 12:00pm. What should I bring?
We recommend bringing a blanket or chairs, bug spray, taking advantage of our food vendors, or packing a picnic! Can I bring alcohol?
Yes. While alcohol is not sold by Nebraska Shakespeare, audience members (of legal drinking age) are permitted to bring wine or beer to the event. Bug spray? Are there bugs?
We utilize an eco-friendly bug spray throughout the park prior to each week of performances, but still recommend bringing some for personal use. Can I bring children?
Shakespeare On The Green is intended to be family (and pet) friendly, including interactive activities for children prior to performances. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult at all times. What about weather?
In case of inclement weather, a cancellation decision will be made 15-minutes prior to the performance. If inclement weather develops during the performance, a short "hold" or delay will be announced. Are there makeup performances? Shakespeare does not reschedule performances canceled due to inclement weather. Every effort will be made to inform our audience of cancellations via the local media, on our Facebook page and on Instagram.


Nebraska Shakespeare strives to make its facility and performances accessible to all patrons. If disability assistance is required, you’ll find that our staff is ready to help in any way possible. Services for patrons with mobility impairment:

  • Wheelchair-accessible seating is available.
  • Fully accessible restrooms are available.
  • Courtesy golf cart service is available between the Park and our parking.
  • Accessible parking is available in Parking Lot M, directly adjacent to Young Park.
Services for patrons who are blind or have low vision:
  • Service animals, such as guide dogs, are welcome.
  • Audio-described performances (see details below)
Audio Description allows those who are visually impaired to more fully enjoy a live performance through a verbal description of the stage production. The visually impaired patron wears a single earpiece connected to a personal headset receiver. A trained audio describer provides live, verbal descriptions of actions, costumes, scenery and other visual elements of the live performance, which is transmitted to the headsets so only those wearing them hear the supplemental description as well as the dialog. This service is offered free of charge to visually impaired patrons, but it must be requested in advance. While Audio Description is planned for the performances listed below, patrons wishing to utilize the service must contact us to request the service at least two weeks in advance to ensure describer availability. ASL interpreter performances: All dialogue is translated into American Sign Language. ASL designated performances in 2021 coming soon!

Nightly Schedule

Shakespeare On The Green is a three-week celebration of Shakespeare that includes two plays that run in repertory, nightly forums, and activities for all ages. Performances have earned national recognition for consistently high-quality productions set in beautiful Young park and performed for enthusiastic audiences. Dates:
Love Labor's Lost – July 1-3, 6, 7, 10 William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play – June 24-27, July 5, 8 ,9, 11 Cost: Admission free events! Questions? Contact us at: Timeline: 6:00pm Dinner on the Green Join our variety of vendors to enjoy food, beverages and conversation on the Green! Information Booth Become a Member, learn more about Nebraska Shakespeare, or enter in a raffle to win great prizes such as Handmade Quilts generously donated by the Omaha Quilters Guild and their Helping Hands Committee and a trip for two to Chicago. Mayflower Mobile Art Gallery (#MaMoGallery) BFF, formerly known as Benson First Friday's, unique mobile gallery is created from re-purposed semi-trailer. Come check out work by local visual artists prior to the performance! Scholars Forum Meet the artists and scholars who create our summer productions at Scholars Forums, held nightly. Shakesperience! Head to the Shakesperience area for interactive activities for kids and kids at heart. Dress up in costumes, battle in a sword fight and more in this interactive space you won’t want to miss. Souvenir Booth Get your Shakes gear including t-shirts and other favorite items. 6:25pm Shakespeare On The Page; Winning Sonnets Hear the winning sonnets from the annual Anne Dittrick Sonnet Writing Contest! 7:00pm Opening Band Listen to the sounds of local and national musical artists as they take the main stage to perform. 7:40pm
The Shakespeare Rundown! Join us for a synopsis by members of the Nebraska Shakespeare acting company - in five minutes or less! All the key points and need-to-know information about the characters and locations performed at break-neck speed. Hear from our celebrity emcee as we prepare to kick-off the nights entertainment. 8:00pm
Start of the 2-hour performance!