Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin – Door Shakespeare is pleased to announce an exciting acting company of veteran and upcoming players for its 2017 summer productions of William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT directed by Joseph Hanreddy and THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD by David Farr directed by Shanara Gabrielle.
Artistic Director Amy Ludwigsen said “The 2017 season promises to be imaginative, exciting, and relevant. This company of artists holds unparalleled skill and creativity and will surely bring these classic stories to life in a way that will provide our growing audience with a bold, human, and adventurous experience in our unique theater space.”
This season, audiences will enjoy several familiar faces, including returning actors Neil Brookshire, Elliott Brotherhood, Mark Corkins, Elyse Edelman, Carolyn Hoerdemann, Colin Morgan, Norman Moses, and Demetrios E. Troy. Additionally, Door Shakespeare is excited to introduce Milwaukee-based, critically-acclaimed actress Deborah Staples to this summer’s audiences in the Garden at Björklunden. Staples joins Door Shakespeare for the first time after playing the title role in HAMLET at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival last summer. She has significant credits to her name including long associations with Milwaukee Repertory Theater and American Players Theatre.
Furthermore, actors making their Door Shakespeare debuts include Scott McKenna Campbell, Mason Conrad, Mitchell Ferguson, Taylor Harvey, Torsten Johnson, and Ken Sandberg. They round out the cast with such notable credits as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie Theater, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, among others.
Jaclyn Bjornson (Costume Designer), David Black (Set Designer), Music Director (Scott McKenna Campbell), and Fight Choreographer (Amie Root) are joining Door Shakespeare’s artistic team for the first time. Melissa L. Wanke and Claire Kedjidjian will reprise their roles as Producing Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager, respectively.
As previously announced, Joseph Hanreddy will direct the Bard’s TWELFTH NIGHT while Shanara Gabrielle will direct David Farr’s THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD.
In TWELFTH NIGHT, Illyria is a mysterious place full of romantics and eccentrics. At least that’s how it seems to Viola, who’s been cast adrift in this merry world. Out of necessity, she disguises herself as a boy but quickly becomes an object of desire to the woman her employer sent her to woo. Time eventually sorts it all out, but not before Viola and everyone around her are bewitched, bothered, and bewildered as they traverse the often contradictory landscapes of their hearts.
Featuring Elyse Edelman as Viola, Deborah Staples as Olivia, Mark Corkins as Sir Toby, Neil Brookshire as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and Norman Moses as Malvolio.
In THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD, all is not well in Nottingham. A cruel prince is terrorizing the countryside, the poor are overwhelmed with taxes and debts, and Robin Hood has learned to steal from the rich—but hasn’t figured out the other part. To the rescue comes a sword-wielding, sharp-witted Maid Marion, who sets out to show Robin and his band of men that there can be honor among thieves. David Farr’s funny, adventurous tale will surprise you with a new spin on a story you think you know. We are thrilled to turn the beautiful Garden at Björklunden into Sherwood Forest this summer and bring this classic family tale to life!
Featuring Taylor Harvey as Marion and Torsten Johnson as Robin.
Door Shakespeare’s 2017 season will run July 1st – August 19th, with preview performances June 29th and 30th. All performances and events take place in the magical lakeside Garden at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor. TWELFTH NIGHT and THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD will run Mondays through Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 5pm. Door Shakespeare will continue to offer educational programming for all ages, including the “Will-in-the-Woods” pre-show series and “Doorways” theatre camps for young people.
For more information regarding the 2017 season, including ticketing, visit www.doorshakespeare.com, or call the box office at 920.839.1500.