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Door Shakespeare Anti-Racism Statement

We, as the staff of Door Shakespeare, commit ourselves to look, with clear eyes, at the systemic racism present in our world, our community, and within our organization. To listen, without defensiveness, to the voices of BIPOC artists, audience members, and supporters. To understand, and work to become our best selves in order to dismantle deeply entrenched systems of oppression.

Much like our country, we at this theatre struggle to reconcile our aspirations with our day-to-day behavior. And we know we cannot remain silent in the face of the pervasive violence being perpetrated against Black people. We must, in both word and deed, commit to being anti-racist, as individuals and as members of the Door Shakespeare community. We don’t say this lightly—we have much work to do.

We will continue to educate ourselves, to build on our work in this moment, and to desire to become a better and more inclusive theatre.


Season Update as of May 6, 2020

Due to health and safety concerns for our audience and company, as well as the closure of our performance venue; Door Shakespeare has cancelled its 2020 summer season.

‘Wittenberg,’ ‘Hamlet,’ and ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]’ were scheduled to run in repertory in the Garden at Björklunden from July 1 through August 24.

“To celebrate Door Shakespeare’s twenty-fifth anniversary summer season in style, we brought together an amazing company of actors, designers, stage managers, directors, interns, and staff,” shared Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stebbins. “But, our first concern is for the health and safety of our patrons and artists. With this in mind, Door Shakespeare will be cancelling our three productions.”

Camp Will, Door Shakespeare’s summer theatre program for youth, will continue on a virtual platform. “We are looking forward to providing a fun learning and social environment for youth,” says Managing Director Amy Ensign. “We welcome a dedicated group of past campers as well as new friends to Camp Will.” No longer limited by travel needs, Door Shakespeare expects to greet campers from throughout Door County, the United States, and around the globe.

Door Shakespeare Company member Elyse Edelman heads up the program as Camp Will Director.

During the spring and summer months, Door Shakespeare plans to develop virtual programming for the fall, including a production, monthly readings, and the annual fundraising gala.

Patrons who have purchased tickets for Door Shakespeare’s 2020 summer productions will be contacted regarding their options. Camp Will campers will be contacted with information on how to participate online.


Shakespeare’s Plays 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.

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TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW for Door Shakespeare's first virtual production, J. M. Barrie's ROSALIND, featuring Alexander Johnson as "Charles Roche." September 2 - 13 ONLY!

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