The Play’s The Thing

Mark your calendars for our winter play reading series, The Play’s the Thing!  These free events take place at Björklunden's Vail Hall (7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor) with seating on a first come, first served basis.  More information will be provided once available.

February 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. CST

Painted Desert by Christopher G. Smith

On the American Painted Desert a charming convict battles with a lost and wondering preacher over the fate of a young runaway.

"This taut and mystical morality tale kept me engaged to the final moments." New Play Exchange

This new play had a reading at Palm Beach Dramaworks in 2017.

March 6, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. CST

Changing Channels by John Reeger
Contains mature language.

The year is 1952. TV stars such as Lucille Ball, Sid Caesar and Jackie Gleason bring laughter into America’s homes each week, but nobody is laughing behind the cameras when a number of artists are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Based on actual events from the early days of TV broadcasting, Changing Channels is set backstage at the DuMont Television Network in New York City. As Cold War hysteria sweeps the nation, actress Maggie Carlin finds herself accused of being a “comrade to the comrades.” Is it true? Stay tuned.

"Changing Channels is both thoughtful and important." Broadway World

This play had its world premiere at Fulton Theatre in February of 2022.

April 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. CDT

i by Jeff Talbott
Contains mature language.

Sarah is having a rough time.  She’s trying to shake it, but it’s not easy.  She’s got a new doctor and she’s met a nice guy named Jake, so things are looking up.  And Jake’s having a hard time, too.  Together, Sarah and Jake are trying to find their way to each other – and maybe, just maybe, to some of that happiness we’ve heard so much about.  A mysterious love story about the threads that tie us together, i is a gentle and unsettling new play set a couple days after tomorrow.

"In truth, there are not any “i” plot details that can be revealed, without spoiling audiences’ enjoyment as the playwright’s intentions are slowly, cleverly, wondrously revealed.  . . . "i" is a complete delight. . . . Surprising for its originality and intriguing for its structure, “i” is deeply gratifying theater." Broadway World

This play has its premiere at Pioneer Theatre Company in 2018.

Should you have any questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our winter Box Office at (920) 868-3287, Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Play’s the Thing is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as generous grants from Door County Medical CenterFriends of Door County LibrariesThe Shubert Foundation and operating funds of Peninsula Players Theatre.