It all began with a Moor.
After a successful performance of "Othello" at Grand Circus Park in August 2013 at Grand Circus Park -- including more than 500 audience members in attendance -- Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) has continued to build a cadence for dynamic theater.
This March, the theater company brought one of the city's most unique theatrical experiences to sold out crowds with "Antony and Cleopatra" at the historical site, Recycle Here -- the original home of the Lincoln Motor Company. The venue is now home to the city's recycling program and a village where artists of all kinds can share their work.
SiD is currently performing two summer productions with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Romeo and Juliet."
- SiD is a site-specific theater company, founded by Sam White.
- Our core values include hiring local artists, color-blind casting and accessible theater that is engaging, entertaining and educational. And the work highlights some of the area's historical sites, venues and parks.
- Your contribution will help us continue an endeavor that has already impacted over 2000 people in the city -- many of whom have never experienced Shakespeare
What We Need & What You Get
- We need at least $15,000 to help kick off the season and fund professional talent, costumes and set pieces for shows that will include "The Tempest", "King Lear", and "Macbeth."
- For participating, you'll enjoy Shakespeare in Detroit merchandise and get a behind-the-scenes look at the company, including time with its founder, Sam White.
- If we don't reach our entire goal, we will continue on with our season opener "The Tempest." We will make adjustments according to the budget we are allotted via this campaign. (A performance on Belle Isle is pending approval by the state. In case of no approval, we will perform in an alternate space).
There may be a variety of Shakespeare experiences available in the area, but our mission isn't just executed for the sake of doing theater. Here's why we do what we do:
- Shakespeare has international appeal and recognition and could serve as a great tourist attraction -- a major factor for a healthy, thriving city. The theater company aspires to become the caliber theater we enjoy when we visit our Canadian neighbors' festival.
- Our audience reflects the melting pot of our great city with people of all backgrounds, races and ages coming together for one common experience -- it is unconventional theater with traditional text.
- We perform in the places where you live, work and play. SiD doesn't ask you to come to us, we come to you.
- We are the only Shakespeare company in the area that offers FREE full-fledged plays during the summer months.
Risks & Challenges
There ain't nothing easy about doing these shows.
- We are striving to produce high-quality art without the benefit of grants or any major funding (we applied for a few this year and, unfortunately, weren't chosen. Alas we're hoping the shows will still go on).
- We hope to continue producing work next season that may lead to grants and funding from a major institution as we build our reputation and scope.
Other Ways You Can Help
SiD always needs volunteers.
- Administrative volunteers from videographers to social media experts are always needed
- The more hands the better! We always need help building our sets and costumes. Good with a hammer? We need you! Great with a sewing machine? Give us a call.