To the Friends of the Theater at Woodshill:

In order to ensure the well-being of our theatrical community–both company members and, crucially, our beloved audiences–we have decided it best to cancel our planned in-person summer production of Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHTWe will no longer move forward with our plans to host a regular season in 2020.

However, we WILL release a groundbreaking audio version of Twelfth Night during the 2020 holiday season. Stay tuned!

But this is not the only purpose of our message today…

The Theater at Woodshill is deeply proud to have a slew of new projects planned that we will be announcing and detailing in the coming weeks.

The first of these is called The Walled Garden SeriesThe Walled Garden is an image that appears throughout literature and religion, and it certainly appears often in the works of Shakespeare. It is the intersection of civilization and wilderness, chaos and order, dream and reality, safety and risk. The Walled Garden also seems like a nice way to characterize how many (though certainly not all) of us live now: isolated, somewhat unnerved by recent events, but also constantly dreaming, guarding ourselves, care-taking those in our families, while also basking in our personal gardens, figuratively and literally. 

Below please find links to our first two videos in The Walled Garden Series. Subscribe to our Youtube channel, and hit the notification bell to make sure you catch every one of our upcoming videos. 

The Walled Garden Series | Introduction (Rachael Powles)
The Walled Garden Series | Romeo (Arielle Beth Klein)

Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time. We miss you and can’t wait to return to producing first-rate, live classical theater for you, right here in the heart of the Mohawk Valley. In the meantime, here’s wishing you all safety, happiness, and well-being.

Yours truly,

Allen Guy Wilcox,
Artistic Director
Theater at Woodshill

Theater at Woodshill

T he Theater at Woodshill is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to bringing to life the works of William Shakespeare. Housed on a beautiful farm in upstate New York, the company believes that reinvigorating Shakespeare’s canon in our time requires a return to the basics of theatrical production, an inclusive approach to casting, and an emphasis on leveraging our programming to contextualize the plays. We favor direct storytelling, a connection to the natural world, and a reintroduction of the music from Shakespeare’s plays back into the performances.

Shakespeare with a sense of humor and a sense of immediacy.

Along with our commitment to the works of Shakespeare, The Theater at Woodshill is focused on providing educational opportunities for its community through workshops in acting, design, production, and dramaturgy. We are devoted to performing the Bard’s great works in repertory with other classics of the stage, both ancient and modern alike.

Turn of the Century Shakespeare

In 2018, we launched a three-year Turn of the Century Shakespeare festival: three of Shakespeare’s most dynamic plays, written in three consecutive years. This is an opportunity for contemporary theater-goers to experience Shakespeare’s work elapsing year over year as they might have done in the Bard’s own time.