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Shakespeare in Detroit

Shakespeare in Detroit is the city’s official Shakespeare company, having been recognized by Mayor Duggan for its excellence in theater in 2014.
The site-specific theater company performs in the places where people live, work and play in an effort to plant seeds around that city that the company hopes will eventually lead to a permanent home. The goal is to  provide approachable Shakespeare to the city’s residents and Michiganders, and entice audiences all over the nation and world to come to Detroit and experience the Bard’s work.

Each play has brought on a new, exciting and unique director, including the company’s inaugural production, “Othello,” directed by  SiD Founder Sam White; the unforgettable “Antony and Cleopatra” at New Center’s Recycle Here, directed by Kyle Grant; and the Wilde Award-nominated “King Lear” at Marygrove College, directed by Frannie Shepherd-Bates. The company’s other productions include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Cal Schwartz; “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Emilio Rodriguez; and “The Tempest,” directed by Chris Mick, along with our largest show to date,  “Macbeth,” directed by D.B. Schroeder, at New Center Park. In only two years, the company has engaged with nearly 5,000 people around the city.

The theater company’s flagship shows, and the heart of the company, are its summer productions. They allow children, adults, Shakespeare fans and those who otherwise may never have access to Shakespeare, the opportunity to experience  Shakespeare surrounded by Detroit’s beautiful cityscape.

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Performs at various venues throughout the city
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