With a $1,616 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Summit Players Theatre will present “Shakespeare in the State Parks, Season Three: The Comedy of Errors” in the beauty of the outdoors. The free performances will use outdoor stages as an ode to traditional Shakespearean plays. Ranging from topics such as love to personal identity, the play will resonate with attendees of all ages.
Prior to The Comedy of Errors performance, an engaging educational workshop on Shakespearean history will be held. The workshop will help attendees connect classical literature to contemporary times, as well as increase cultural literacy.
“Wisconsin is so lucky to have a truly amazing state park system, in its variety, quality and breadth. We make Shakespeare free, fun and easy to understand, so that people of all ages and from all communities can come together to share a story and a positive experience in the beautiful parks around our state,” said Hannah Klapperich-Mueller, project director and executive director of the organization.
The July 1 performance at Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay is still pending on additional funding.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council has the only grant program in the state devoted to the public humanities. The council provides matching grants to communities, schools, civic groups, historical societies, museums, libraries and other nonprofit groups throughout the state. Ninety percent of WHC’s funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities.