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Shakespeare in Detroit is thrilled to partner with its new media partner, The Detroit News! We appreciate its support for our company and for local artists continuing to produce their work in Detroit.

Shakespeare in Detroit Announces Annual New Center Park Production
Theatre closes 4th season with Hamlet and announces new media partner, The Detroit News 

DETROIT, April 7, 2017 – Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) will close its 2017 season with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by ACME Theatre Co. founder (Toronto, ON) and former Associate Artistic Director at Stratford Festival (Stratford, ON), Dean Gabourie, July 13-16, 2017 at New Center Park in Detroit. 

SiD’s 12th professional production is sponsored by ASTI Environmental and Tom Delaney, Board Member of Midtown Detroit Inc., and in partnership with The Detroit News – the emerging theatre company’s new media partner. 

“The burgeoning grass roots cultural movement in Detroit is one of the more exciting developments in the city’s comeback,” says Jonathon Wolman, editor and publisher of The Detroit News. “The News is very enthusiastic to sponsor this initiative, and anticipate a promising partnership of bringing Shakespeare to the people the way the Bard intended – in accessible, real world settings.”

Gabourie, Hamlet director, is a Toronto-native and sought out SiD for its unique template of site-specific work – performances in historical and green spaces throughout the city of Detroit. 

“Hamlet is a play about older generations trying to control, cajole and manipulate younger generations as those younger generations are at their most vulnerable, when they are trying to define themselves.  It is the definitive play about 'do what I say and not what I do’” says Gabourie. “With Cal Schwartz's incredible costume design and the beautifully urban setting of New Center Park we will bring Detroit a Hamlet that is set in the distant past, or perhaps, the not too distant future. Our question, is a society that loses its collective memory doomed to repeat their past?  To be or...? We look forward to answering this question with you.”

The introduction of an international director and a new long-term partnership with The Detroit News is an important component to SiD’s plans for growth over the next 3-to-5 years. 

“Bringing talent to Detroit to direct, train and work with our local artists is crucial to our trajectory and long-term plans to become the premiere Shakespeare company here in Detroit,” says Sam White, SiD’s founding artistic and executive director. “This is also true of our new media partnership which also helps us in our mission to grow our company and reach more audiences over the next few years.”
For more information regarding Shakespeare in Detroit’s 2017 season, contact Marketing Director Meagen Mazur at

Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) pioneered the first-ever, open-air Shakespeare experience in the city with an all-local cast in 2013. The award-winning theatre company has performed for more than 8,000 people in Southeast Michigan and is currently in its 4th season which includes both Henry V and Hamlet. 


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