The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival draws on the unique resources of Interlochen Center for the Arts to present bold and innovative interpretations of the classics. Founded in 2008 and led by artistic director William Church, a core ensemble of Interlochen faculty, staff and alumni commits itself to engaging northwest Michigan audiences through professional theatre that celebrates the Shakespearean imagination.
2019 Shakespeare Festival Productions
June 28-29 & July 5-6
Witness the machinations of Shakespeare's greatest villain! Amidst the turmoil of the Wars of the Roses, the gruesome Richard of Gloucester plots his ascent to the throne of England. Richard’s ambition leads him down a path of murder and manipulation, culminating a short-lived reign as King of England.
July 1, 2, & 3
Who owns history? What does it mean to be heard? Playwright Eleanor Burgess tackles these challenging questions in her incendiary new play, The Niceties. When a black college student is summoned to her white professor’s office to discuss a term paper on the American Revolution, a polite academic discussion sparks a heated debate about race, power, and equality. Driven by crackling dialogue, Burgess’ two-woman play provides a balanced exploration of some of our nation’s most pressing conversations.
After the sold-out success of its first two productions, Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew, the company presented Macbeth in 2010, The Merchant of Venice in 2011, A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2012, Hamlet in 2013, The Tempest in 2014, As You Like It in 2015, Romeo and Juliet in 2016, King Lear in 2017, and Much Ado About Nothing and A Doll's House, Part 2 in 2018.