June 22 through August 21
I Hate Hamlet
By Paul Rudnick
Door Shakespeare welcomes old friends and new faces to the autumn reading series. Sit back and cozy up to a fun read at the Woodwalk Gallery.
A Staged reading of I Hate Hamlet will be presented on Monday, October 18 at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, in the heart of Door County. I Hate Hamlet, by Paul Rudnick, is about out-of-work Los Angeles television actor and jingle singer Andrew Rally, who is cast as Hamlet in a production of the same name in New York City’s Central Park. When he arrives in New York for rehearsals, he discovers the apartment that his girlfriend, Deirdre, and a rental agent, Felicia, have found for him was once lived in by none other than the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day, John Barrymore. Coincidences abound as Andrew’s agent, Lillian Troy, once had a dalliance with John Barrymore. All of this is more than enough to summon the ghost of John Barrymore himself to make mischief and hopefully to guide Andrew to the performance of a lifetime. The performance features Charles Fraser, Alexander Johnson, Peggy O’Connell, Rana Roman, Alex Sabin, and Christine Saenz.
Door Shakespeare’s Youth Production (December, 2021)
Selections from Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris (December, 2021)
NEA Big Read (February, 2022)
2022 Summer Season: The year will bring a return to a more traditional Door Shakespeare, with two plays running in rep throughout the summer months.
A Look Back
Door Shakespeare presented three full productions and four staged readings between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
In September 2020, Door Shakespeare presented J.M. Barrie’s Rosalind over a virtual platform. The production was filmed individually in each actor’s home in front of three identical sets created by long-time collaborator Jody Sekas. Kay Allmand, Rhonda Rae Busch, and Alexander Johnson filled out the cast for this story about the mother of a famous London stage actress, known for her portrayal of Rosalind in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The production was presented on the Door Shakespeare website, using the InPlayer streaming service.
In early October, Door Shakespeare presented the second only known reading in the United States of one of J. M. Barrie’s rarest of works, Shakespeare’s Legacy. The absurdist comedy follows a newly married man who finds out that his wife grew up in a house scattered with previously undiscovered manuscripts written by Shakespeare. Directed by Michael Stebbins, Shakespeare’s Legacy featured Amy Ensign, Rayne Kleinofen, Isabelle Kralj, and Jarrod Langwinski.
Next, we brought together five actors for Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors: Duane Boutté, James Carrington, Charles Fraser, Rayne Kleinofen, and Linda Stein. Director Michael Stebbins married the Hollywood Squares technology of yesteryear to the zoom squares technology of today and billed the film edited by Neil Brookshire as a long-lost video tape packaged in brown paper and mailed to our P.O. Box. We “shared the episode” with a virtual audience from October 27 to November 16.
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris returned to Door Shakespeare on November 20 and 27, and December 4, 5, 6, 18, and 19. The live streamed presentation featured Michael Stebbins reading selections from the book.
We rounded out the holiday season on December 11, 12, and 13, with a reading of John Kishline’s Dream Upon Avon. “It is Christmas Eve at the Windmill Inn, Shakespeare’s favorite pub in Stratford-upon-Avon. While the Bard quaffs his favorite beverage at his usual table, he encounters a series of visitors, each with an unrealized dream, . . . (John Kishline).” The playwright himself joined actors Casandra Bissell, Duane Boutté, Neil Brookshire, and Deborah Clifton. Michael Stebbins directed.
On February 12, 2021, as part of the 2021 NEA Big Read,we brought together an eclectic ensemble of nine artists to live stream excerpts from three plays by William Shakespeare that are featured in Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven.
And finally, June brought Door Shakespeare back to the Björklunden garden, where we presented William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, adapted by Prague Shakespeare’s Guy Roberts. Michael Stebbins directed Hamlet for both the outdoor stage and virtual viewing in a production featuring tour-de-force solo performances by Ryan Schabach and Jarrod Langwinski. The design team consisted of Scott McKenna Campbell (sound), Latora Lezote (costumes), Todd Mion (lighting), and Jody Sekas (properties and set). Kira Neighbors was the stage manager.