(L-R: "Romeo and Juliet", "Much Ado About Nothing", The Taming of the Shrew". 2019 Season)

2020 SeASOn Update

This time last year, the directors and I were wrapping up scheduling auditions for the beginning of May; eagerly anticipating what creativity we were about to experience as we assembled our team for Shakespeare in the Woods’ first season.

Now, universally, we find ourselves experiencing daily life under a very different set of circumstances, coming to terms with the uncertainty of this profound pause.


Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I must announce the postponement of SitW’s 2020 season to next year.  Theatre is community; it is gathering, giving, sharing, experiencing, connecting, and creating together.  Like so many of my artistic colleagues that have reached this same difficult conclusion, I cannot responsibly envision continuing plans for a season without directly endangering our community and drastically effecting the integrity of our work.


This doesn’t mean this season’s programming disappears, however.  One of the last bits of planning I was able to carry out prior to COVID-19 bringing us to a halt, was to finalize the directorial team.  In anticipation of all there is to come in 2021, I will be introducing these three incredibly creative individuals in the coming weeks, inviting you to begin seeing Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Titus Andronicus through their eyes.  I cannot wait for you to meet them, and get a peek at what's in store.


SitW remains focused on putting the safety of audiences and artists first, putting community first, and I believe that by making this decision now, we are contributing to a healthy landscape that enables us to come back stronger than ever in the future.  While our grassy stage remains dark this season, SitW’s commitment to our mission is bright as ever.  We remain dedicated to bringing you exceptional, boundary pushing work with immensely talented artists, that is accessible to all.  


Thank you for your enthusiasm and support throughout SitW’s journey thus far, and for standing with us during this difficult time. If you are able to do so, please consider making a gift today Every contribution will continue to go towards making our 2021 return the best it can be.


We will miss coming together under the idyllic Vermont summer skies this year, but there is comfort in knowing that when we are able to safely do so again, it will be that much more special.  And so, while wishing all of you care and safety, I'd like to leave you with some words that I constantly find inspiration in, from friend of the forest, Duke Senior:


“Sweet are the uses of adversity.

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

- Duke Senior (As You Like It, 2.1)

Katharine Maness,

Founding Artistic Director

Shakespeare in the Woods is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Shakespeare in the Woods must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

2021 SeASOn line up

SitW's second season has been rescheduled to 2021. Through bold and innovative stagings of "Coriolanus"(August 20th-23rd), "A Midsummer Night's Dream"(August 27th-30th), and "Titus Andronicus"(September 3rd-6th), SitW will explore the concept of 'war', and its many, many intricacies. 

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