Category: Theater

Door County is renowned nationwide for it’s array of local, independent theater in settings unlike any other. There’s the historic Peninsula Players on the water, Northern Sky Theatre in the woods of Peninsula State Park, and Door Shakespeare in the gardens of Bjorklunden. Plus great performances to be found in venues large and small up and down the Peninsula. Find them all here.

  • Talley’s Folly Opens July 20 at Peninsula Players

    Peninsula Players Theatre will open its 86th season July 20 with Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson.  The play highlights one evening in the courtship of two unlikely lovers, portrayed by Sean and Linda Fortunato, who are Peninsula Players veteran actors and real-life husband and wife. This Pulitzer Prize-winning “midsummer valentine” is about finding love when […]

  • Northern Sky Presents Shows at Gould, Peninsula State Park

    Beginning July 12, Northern Sky Theater will present Not Even Remotely at its Gould Theater and Tongue ’n Cheek at the Northern Sky amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. Both shows will run Monday – Saturday, 7:30 pm, through Aug. 7. Not Even Remotely is a madcap romp about two actors who’ve been planning a lavish, in-person […]

  • Marquee Lighting Symbolizes TAP’s Renovation Success

    At Sturgeon Bay’s first Under the Stars night market of 2021, Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP, transitioning from Third Avenue Playhouse) lit up the market with the brightest star of the evening: The historical marquee has been restored with 140 light bulbs, and it shone again on Saturday night, symbolizing the fundraising success for TAP’s renovation […]

  • Summit Players Theatre Brings Shakespeare to Peninsula State Park

    Shakespeare has a lot to offer both audiences and theater troupes alike. The stories are epic and compelling, the characters interesting, and the dense text full of beautiful prose that’s rife with possibilities for unique interpretations. Shakespeare’s plays are also free to use, which makes the barrier for entry very low, even for new theater […]

  • Rogue Brings Back A Bad Year For Tomatoes

    Rogue Theater is bringing back A Bad Year for Tomatoes, written by John Patrick and directed by Stuart Champeau, and the original cast has returned to perform this hilarious comedy. Famous actress Myra Marlowe leaves her Hollywood career and rents a New England cottage to escape the show-biz craziness and write her autobiography. In trying […]

  • TAP Receives Grant, Plans to Light Up the Marquee

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP, has received a second grant in the amount of $7,500 from the Capacity Building Initiative of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to support the strategic-planning work that TAP’s board and staff started last year. During the past two years, TAP has experienced tremendous growth in the size of its […]

  • Door Shakespeare Captures the Essence of Hamlet

    Back to Basics Of all of Shakespeare’s classics, the characters of Hamlet are the ones that stand out in my mind. Each of the dozen-plus characters is distinct and memorable, their names sticking in my memory far better than the casts of Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer and others. Going into Door Shakespeare’s one-actor production of […]

  • PODCAST: Jeff Herbst on Northern Sky’s 2021 Season

    Northern Sky’s Season Offers New Experiences Andrew Kleidon is joined by Northern Sky’s Artistic Director Jeff Herbst to talk about the 2021 season. What did the company learn from a year of virtual performances? What concessions had to be made to produce a live season this year, and why do those concessions have to be […]

  • Peninsula Players’ Ticket Sales Begin

    Ticket sales for the 2021 season at Peninsula Players Theatre began June 28, but with some changes.  This season, patrons will not be able to choose their own seats. Instead, they will enter the desired number of tickets and the preferred section, and the ticketing system will choose the best seats available. There will be […]

  • Rogue Theater Continues Shoe Drive

    Rogue Theater is conducting drive-by drop-off events in July to support its shoe-drive fundraiser. The theater troupe has been collecting gently used and new shoes for the past two months, but it still needs 1,000 pairs to meet its goal and raise funds for a new community theater.  Anyone can help by donating new or […]

  • The Music of Northern Sky Theater’s The Fisherman’s Daughters

    A Fully Collaborative Musical Songs in musical theater are often used as a vehicle for words that might sound inane if they were spoken. Songs move the story forward, develop the characters and demonstrate the evolving relationships among characters.  The music even becomes a character itself – there not only to provide a background or […]

  • Cathy Grier Next Up in TAP’s Door County Stories Series

    The next edition of Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP, Door County Stories – featuring musician Cathy Grier, founder of Open Door Pride – will air June 25, 7 pm, on TAP’s website and Facebook page. Grier’s four-decade career is a rich musical tapestry that includes an MTV video in the ’80s; opening for Laura Nyro, The Band, […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces 86th Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, has announced its 86th season, running July 20 – Sept. 19.  “We could not be more eager to welcome patrons back to the ‘theater in a garden’ for live performances,” said Brian Kelsey, managing director. “Our producing partners – Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists and […]

  • Peninsula Players Receives Schubert Foundation Grant

    Peninsula Players Theatre has received a $20,000 award from the Shubert Foundation, which has given a record total of $32 million to 560 not-for-profit performing-arts organizations nationwide since its inception. This is the sixth year in a row that Peninsula Players has received Shubert Foundation support. “It is a great honor for us to be […]

  • TAP’s Playworks Series Presents Two Henrys

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP, will present Two Henrys – by Kenneth Jones and directed by James Valcq – as its next PlayWorks reading June 18, 7 pm.  Henry flies from New York to Florida to offer condolences at the funeral of a father figure he never knew, but are the widow and her daughter ready […]

  • Door County Stories Interviews Jerod Santek

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) ongoing interview series, Door County Stories, will next feature Jerod Santek, a poet and Write On, Door County’s artistic director. The interview will premiere on TAP’s Facebook page June 11, 7 pm. Santek was the founding director of Write On and now serves as its artistic director, overseeing its residency program, […]

  • Not Even Remotely Is Self-Aware Virtual Theater

    The question on discerning theatergoers’ minds recently has been about theatrical authenticity. During a time with little in-person theater, what does a virtual production look like, and how far on the spectrum from theater to film are theater companies willing to push their works? Northern Sky Theater’s first show of the 2021 season walks that […]

  • Professional Theaters Take the Final Steps to Welcome Back Live Audiences

    The Hurdles Left to Overcome Theaters across the country have been hopeful that in-person performances can resume this summer after a year of virtual events and social-media engagements. For Actors’ Equity Association theaters in Door County, plans for the 2021 season depend on several factors, one of the most important being approval by the association. […]

  • TAP’s Natural Shocks Moves to Milwaukee

    Next Act Theatre Company of Milwaukee will present Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) production of Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson as the finale to its 2020-21 season. The play, directed by Michael Cotey and featuring Jennifer Vosters, was originally presented as part of TAP’s 2021 PlayWorks reading series. Cotey experimented with using video from an iPhone, […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents The Case Of The Mysterious Cravat

    Rogue Theater will launch its ninth season with its traditional murder mystery. The Case of the Mysterious Cravat blends jealousy and romance, but don’t believe everything you see. This show is a play within a play. The internal play is set in a venerable British country house, where the actors are performing in a show […]