Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Door Shakespeare Will Present Two Comedies Outdoors This Summer

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Door Shakespeare professional theater will present two of William Shakespeare’s comedies for its season outside at Bjorklunden garden. Info: doorshakespeare.com.

The overall season is June 28 to Aug. 18.

The schedule:

+ “Much Ado About Nothing,” directed by Joseph Hanreddy. Previews: 7:30 p.m. June 28, 29, 30, July 2 and 2 p.m. July 3. Regular schedule, July 9-Aug. 17: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

+ “The Comedy of Errors,” directed by Leda Hoffmann. Previews: 2 p.m. July 5, 7:30 p.m. July 6, 7. Regular schedule, July 10-Aug. 18: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Hanreddy and Hoffmann are returning directors. They have gathered a company of 18.

“Much Ado About Nothing”’s on-stage couple Beatrice and Benedick will be portrayed by real-life theater couple Deborah Staples and, in his Door Shakespeare debut, David Cecsarini.

Returning cast members are Joe Boersma, John and Luke Brotherhood, Scott Mckenna Campbell, James Carrington, Mark Corkins, Elyse Edelman, Carrie Hitchcock and Charlie Wright.

New to Door Shakespeare are Todd Denning, Rob Doyle, Katherine Norman, Drew Shirley and Ben Yela.

Acting company interns are Mikkel Knutson and Ryan Zierk.

For Door Shakespeare in previous seasons, Handreddy directed “Twelfth Night” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Hoffmann directed “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Tempest.”

Behind the scenes, Door Shakespeare has new artistic leadership following the departure of Amy Ludwigsen, now Amy Mueller, to become director of development and marketing for the Door County YMCA.

New as Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director is Michael Stebbins.

According to press information: Stebbins is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with further training in New York City. Stebbins has taught acting courses at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland, and other places.

He returned to Wisconsin in 2014, first appearing in Theatre Gigante’s “My Dear Othello.” A member of Equity actors union, Stebbins is performing in Skylight Music Theatre’s current production of “Urinetown.”

New as Door Shakepeare’s managing director is Amy Ensign.

According to press information: Ensign is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in acting. After settling in Door County, she became heavily involved in theater. She started with Door Shakespeare 11 years ago as a member of the acting company; during six years she also was choreographer, company manager and education director, which included initiating Shakespeare in the Schools, one of the educational arms of Door Shakespeare.

Ensign arrives after 2½ years with Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay as marketing and development director. With Third Avenue Playhouse, Ensign also performed and directed. She also has acted with Northern Sky Theater and Peninsula Players Theatre.

Ensign is involved with Door Shakespeare’s newly renamed Camp Will, a week-long theater workshop for students age 7 through high school.

Contact me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air Critic at Large editions on WFRV-TV at 6:20 a.m. Sundays.

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