June through August
WELCOME TO DOOR SHAKESPEARE’S 2020 VIRTUAL SEASON
We were so excited to return to the Garden at Bjorklunden last summer. We even added a third production to our list of offerings in order to give you more options! But, then, you know what happened. Rather than close our doors, we regrouped and decided to go virtual! Learning curve? You bet! Exciting? You bet!
Like others this year, Door Shakespeare discovered ways to reimagine the world and our place in it. We turned to virtual technology in order to hold our children’s theater program, Camp Will. We experimented with new platforms and editing techniques to bring you productions of Rosalind and The Comedy of Errors and to continue our reading series with Shakespeare’s Legacy, Dream Upon Avon, and Holidays on Ice. And though our highly anticipated 25th Anniversary Gala didn’t materialize as planned, our virtual gala was successful not only as a fundraiser, but as an affirmation of the creativity, kindness, and spirit of collaboration that have emerged throughout the pandemic.
While we don’t know what 2021 has in store, we do know that we will be here for you and your family, bringing you the best of classical and classically inspired theatre, embracing local and regional artists, and nurturing the artists of the future.
Door Shakespeare Will Return to a Magical Door County Garden
From June – August, the finest professional actors, directors, designers and musicians from around the country come together to share classic and timeless plays with Door County audiences.
The productions unfold before your eyes. As a member of the audience, you are up close and personal to the action. As dusk falls over the course of the evening, you may take on the role of a confidante or a voyeur. By the end of the evening, when the stars are out and the actors take their final bow, you will feel as though you have come to know this talented ensemble of players. Such is the magic of live theatre, when performed in an outdoor setting so enchanting that many in attendance come back year after year since Door Shakespeare’s inception in 1995.
A number of Door Shakespeare performances feature pre-show lectures and family activities, including Will In The Woods and Shake It Up Saturdays, as well as our very popular Wine Nights. Refreshments are available at every performance. There is also our annual gala on August 2.
In addition to our main-stage productions, Door Shakespeare’s youth theatre program, Camp Will, offers three one-week sessions (Monday – Friday) led by members of our Acting Company. Over the course of five days, students are introduced to the world, stories and characters of William Shakespeare through a combination of theatre games, exercises, activities, and word play. The week culminates in a sharing of the fruits of their labor – on the same stage where the productions are presented.
The Latest News
On February 12, 2021, Door Shakespeare brings together an eclectic ensemble of nine artists to share excerpts from three plays by William Shakespeare that are featured in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven as part of the 2021 NEA Big Read: Door County, running through February 13. The Door Shakespeare February 12, 2021, 7:00 live Zoom offering, Selections […]
Door Shakespeare’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stebbins, and Managing Director, Amy Ensign, are pleased to announce live offerings of virtual holiday entertainment on December 4, 5, 18 & 19 @ 7 PM, and December 6 & 20 @ 5 PM. The Door Shakespeare Reading Series is free and open to the public, with donations welcomed. […]
Door Shakespeare, Producing Artistic Director Michael Stebbins, and Managing Director Amy Ensign, proudly announce the third offering in 2020’s Door Shakespeare Reading Series: Dream Upon Avon, by Wisconsin’s own John Kishline, running Friday, December 11 through Sunday, December 13. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:00, and Sunday at 5:00. The Door Shakespeare Reading is […]
A Totally ’80s Video-Style Comedy of Errors Russ Bickerstaff October 28, 2020 Door Shakespeare has… shown a clever approach (to the unique challenges of producing video content)… that is distinct from all of the rest of the fare that’s available over the internet. A sharp cast is edited together in a … whimsical […]
Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Review: Virtual ‘The Comedy of Errors’ camp x 3 BAILEYS HARBOR, Wis. (WFRV) – A camp version of a camp version of a camp play. That’s Door Shakespeare’s take on William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” done virtually in a Zoom setup. “Camp” = Tongue in cheek… or for the fun of […]
Door Shakespeare is pleased to announce the second only known reading in the United States of one of J. M. Barrie’s rarest of works. Shakespeare’s Legacy was first produced at Drury Lane Theatre, London, on April 14, 1916, at a matinee for the benefit of the Young Women’s Christian Association for funds to provide […]