The Michigan Shakespeare Festival
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is the premier regional event for those who revel in the elaborate language and bawdy humor of the Great Bard. This festival brings high-quality theatrical productions to Michigan year after year, drawing respected actors and theater patrons from across the nation to the Baughman Theater in the George E. Potter Center on the campus of Jackson College.
Coming from out of town?
Book at the host hotel Hampton Inn Jackson and purchase tickets to Michigan Shakespeare Festival and get 10% off at both.
(To get the discount on your tickets (Jackson location only) you need to call the box office at 517-796-8600 and ask for “INN16” after booking your hotel.)
Can't decide on which date to attend?
This pass is good at any performance location for the 2016 season. Your pass works like a gift certificate. Contact us in the Business Office with your passcode at 517-998-3673 to get your tickets.
7 Fun Facts about the Michigan Shakespeare Festival
- In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm designated the Michigan Shakespeare Festival as “The Official Shakespeare Festival of the State of Michigan.”
- The Festival features members of Actors Equity Association.
- Best of the Bard Winners - Encore Michigan Wilde Awards Five Years Running
- In 2012, Oscar, Tony, and multiple Olivier award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench gave her support to the Michigan Shakespeare Festival mission, saying,
"I’m delighted to help spread the word any way I can,” said Dame Judi Dench, “Especially now, when arts institutions are facing so much peril."
- In 2013, award-winning actor Stacy Keach championed the festival,
“…The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is smart enough to know it’s not about them, but about the community that comes together…”
- In 2014, Olivia Hussey Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet said,
"To be a working actor is a privilege - to be able to do Shakespeare is an honor! Congratulations on your twentieth anniversary!! Keep up the great work!"
- The Michigan Shakespeare Festival began in 1995 as a Shakespeare in the Park at Ella Sharp Park.
For more information about the upcoming season visit MichiganShakespeareFestival.com
July 7 -- July 24, 2016
Shakespeare's As You Like It
Shakespeare's Richard II
The Killer Angels a play by Karen Tarjan from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Shaara
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
directed by Robert Kauzlaric
" The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
In the Industrial Duchy of the Usurping Duke Frederick, totalitarianism and rigid patriarchy rule; but in the forest of Ardenne, freedom may be found.
When wronged inhabitants Rosalind and Celia flee to the forest, they meet others, like themselves, who have created a society outside the strictures of the city and find their true loves and their true selves.
As You Like It is a glorious favorite of Shakespeare's canon full of music and comedy, giddy wit, and love.
Featuring Artistic Associates Janet Haley as Jaques and Alan Ball as Touchstone; and Original Music by Artistic Associate Kate Hopgood.
by William Shakespeare
directed by Janice L Blixt
"For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings..."
Richard II ascended England's throne at the age of 9. An intelligent and empathetic man, he is also feckless with royal power and, more importantly in the minds of his detractors, with the royal purse.
When Richard seizes the land of a recently deceased relative, the noble followers of his cousin, Bolingbroke, decide to replace him.
Directed by Artistic Director Janice L Blixt and starring Artistic Associate Robert Kauzlaric as Richard, this prequel to last year's epic Henry IV, is a clever and compelling tragedy and a brilliant clash of perfectly opposing characters and philosophies of kingship.
The Killer Angels
A Play by Karen Tarjan
from The Novel by Michael Shaara
directed by Janice L Blixt
''What a piece of worke is a man! how Noble in Reason? how infinite in faculty? in forme and moving how expresse and admirable? in Action, how like an Angel?''
"If Man's an angel, he's sure a murdering angel."
The 1974 Pulitzer Prize-Winning novel by Michael Shaara tells the story of the 4 days of the Battle of Gettysburg -- from June 30, 1863, as the opposing troops moved into position through July 1, 2, and 3 when the bloodiest of Civil War battles was fought.
This epic novel has been adapted by award-winning playwright Karen Tarjan, and will be directed by MSF's own acclaimed Artistic Director, Janice L Blixt, for a glorious stage event which will be a Michigan theatrical premiere.
More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center... » More Information
More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center houses three theaters: Ruth M. Day Theatre, Michael Baughman Theater and the Harold V. Sheffer Music Hall. The campus complex has enjoyed national attention after more than 30 years of welcoming familiar stars and outstanding productions to the campus. A great public outdoor sculpture, Victory Reconstructed, can be seen from the top floors of the building.
The Hugh Federer Rooms
The Federer Rooms are a complex of seminar & meeting rooms that are centrally located on the first floor of Potter Center. These rooms provide ideal facilities for the accommodation of meetings, seminars, luncheons, films, etc. Food arrangements are made through Continental Services Catering at 517.783.1521. For more information on the Federer Rooms, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.
Michael Baughman Theatre
The Baughman Theatre seats a total of 403 persons, including 10 wheelchair spaces.
Harold Sheffer Music Hall
This spacious grand concert hall/theatre seats 1,549 patrons, including 20 wheelchair patrons.
Ruth Day Theatre
The Ruth M. Day Theatre is a multiple form, experimental theatre. By incorporating fixed seating on eight movable units, the theatre can be fashioned into four standard staging configurations: Arena, Thrust, Center Aisle and Proscenium. The seating capacity of Day Theatre varies but generally seats 104 to 184 persons.
Robert Snyder Dining Room
Located on the first floor of Potter Center is the Robert Snyder Dining Room which can comfortably accommodate 200-250 person. Recently renovated, this is an excellent facility for wedding receptions, banquets and other special events. Food service arrangements are made through the catering service on campus, Continental Services. They offer a complete line of menus ranging from hors d'oeuvre receptions to buffets to sit-down dinners. Managers may be reached at 517.783.1521 or by e-mail at JCC_FoodServices@jccmi.edu. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. For more information on the Dining Room, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.
Victory Reconstructed, by Richard Hunt, corten steel, 1995, Jackson College
Victory Reconstructed, much like Summer Night Tree, is an abstract and non-representational sculpture. Hunt's work is in many important public and private collections across the United States and it has even been included in a temporary exhibition on the lawn of the White House in Washington. Like many of Hunt’s statuary, Victory Reconstruction is based on figures of the ancient Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The sculpture fits nicely into its setting and people are able to see it from several different levels, from the ground as well as from the top floors of the Potter Center.
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