Door Shakespeare Celebrates 20 Years with “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Door Shakespeare will mark its 20th year with a dynamic season featuring national talent and timely themes. The company’s first ever production of Shakespeare’s political drama Julius Caesar will be presented in repertory with the classic tale of love and magic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances will take place in the Garden at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor, June 29 – Aug. 20.

James Pickering will direct Julius Caesar, which he calls “an action-packed exploration of the death of a republic and the birth of a fascist state.” In a summer when our nation’s attention is focused on turbulent political events, the timeless story of Caesar’s ambition and downfall will be a riveting exploration of power, betrayal and passion.

Often called the most perfect comedy in Shakespeare’s canon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be given new life by director Joseph Hanreddy. By setting the play in present day Door County, Hanreddy brings contemporary design, an earthy locality and a heartfelt vision to this exploration of “uncertainty in the course of true love.”

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. “At Door Shakespeare, we continue to inspire audiences to find a connection to the characters, relationships and themes of the Bard’s work,” says Executive Director Amy Ludwigsen. “This year’s season will prove Shakespeare’s work is as vibrant, exciting and relevant as it has ever been.”

Door Shakespeare’s lakeside garden setting, newly renovated last year to enhance the outdoor stage, gives audiences a unique Shakespeare experience.

Door Shakespeare will celebrate their momentous year with educational programming for all ages, including the “Will-in-the-Woods” pre-show education series and “Doorways” educational camps for children. Door Shakespeare also has several surprise events in the works, starting with a toga party at a local brewery to kick off the season in high spirits.

For full details, visit or call 920.839.1500.




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