2023 Shake on the Lake Season

Image with a hand writing with a quill. At the top of the quill are a few people dressed in Elizabethan costume with googly eyes. The title is on the left: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

See the first show Shake on the Lake performed in 2012 – now on tour!

Touring  Friday, July 14 to Saturday, August 5

Shake on the Lake (SOTL) has produced live, outdoor, professional
performances of William Shakespeare’s plays since 2012, and this summer
SOTL returns on tour in Western New York!

The summer show is irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)  was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End! Three Shakespearean “super fans” weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Fun, frantic, and perfect for the whole family!


Join us at idyllic and historic venues throughout Western New York, bring a
lawn chair, and immerse yourself into the world of William Shakespeare
in SOTL’s fast, fun, and physical style of performance, featuring live
music and a professional cast of artists. Designed & staged for
Shakespeare newbies and Bard aficionados alike! Appropriate for all

Approx. Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

Touring July 14 to August 5
We request you to RSVP to the show in order to estimate crowd size.
Shows marked with an * have pay-what-you-can tickets. 

Week 1
Friday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. – Hollwedel Memorial Library, Pavilion, NY

Rain Venue: Pavilion DB Bunce Elementary School, 7071 York Rd, Pavilion, NY 14525

Saturday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. –  Linwood Gardens, Linwood, NY
Rain Venue: Brooksholm Wedding Barn at 565 Pavilion Warsaw Rd, Wyoming, NY 14591.

Sunday, July 16 at 3:00 p.m. – Yates Community Library, Lyndonville, NY
Rain Venue: Lyndonville Presbysterian Church at 107 N Main St, Lyndonville, NY 14098

Week 2
Wednesday, July 19at 6:30 p.m. – David A. Howe Library, Wellsville, NY
Rain Venue:  The David A. Howe Library Auditorium

Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Village Park, Arcade, NY
Rain Venue: Hope Lutheran Church at 2 E Main St, Arcade, NY 14009

Friday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. – Hamlin Park, East Aurora, NY
Rain Venue: Roycroft Pavilion at 166 S Grove St, East Aurora, NY 14052
We are thrilled to be presented for the first time in East Aurora, NY
by the Aurora Players at their home in Hamlin Park, and we proudly
support their upcoming 2023/24 season!

Saturday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. – Morgan Manning House, Brockport, NY
Rain Venue: SUNY Brockport Black Box at 180 Holley St, Brockport, NY 14420

Sunday, July 23 at 3:00 p.m. – Centennial Park, Batavia, NY
Rain Venue: Batavia Ice Rink at 22 Evans St, Batavia, NY 14020

Week 3

Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. – Trailside Lodge, Letchworth State Park, NY
Rain Venue: under a tent at the Trailside Lodge

Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. – Wadsworth Homestead, Geneseo, NY*
Rain Venue: under the tent adjacent to the Homestead

Friday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY*
Rain Venue: Perry Senior High School at 33 Watkins Ave, Perry, NY 14530

Saturday,  July 29 at 2:00 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY*
Rain Venue: East Hill Creamery, 346 S Main St, Perry, NY 14530

Saturday,  July 29 at 6:30 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY*
Rain Venue: East Hill Creamery, 346 S Main St, Perry, NY 14530

Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m. – Angelica Town Circle, Angelica NY
Rain Venue: Angelica Free Library, 55 W Main St, Angelica, NY 14709

Week 4

Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Joseph’s Park, Rochester, NY
Rain Venue: Writers & Books, 740 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Friday,  August 4 at 6:30 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY*
Rain Venue: Perry Senior High School at 33 Watkins Ave, Perry, NY 14530

Saturday,  August 5 at 6:30 p.m. – Perry Public Beach, Silver Lake, NY*
Rain Venue: Perry Senior High School at 33 Watkins Ave, Perry, NY 14530

Directed by Dan Matisa
Cast: Quinn Gasaway, Augustine Nguyen, and Heather Hooten
Stage Manager: Emily Grierson
Assistant Stage Manager: Amanda Kuo
Set design by Austin Aschbrenner 
Costume design by Keagan Styes

Social distancing and COVID-19 safety protocols will remain in place

Get to know us...

Shake on the Lake started as a summer outdoor production and has grown into a regional touring company with programming all year long. 

Our season starts in April with educational programming at K-12 schools throughout Western New York. Our experienced teaching artists teach puppetry, improvisation, playwriting, and theatre arts. Often educational programming includes a final performances by students.

Shake on the Lake performances start in the summer with our Shakespeare Summer Tour. Each year we focus on one of Shakespeare’s classic plays to devise our own Shake on the Lake production. In 90 minutes or less, we present the Bard in accessible, but not watered-down form. These shows can travel and have traveled many miles – communities simply pay our rental fee, and we show up with the set, sound, crew, and actors to perform in your community. The show is designed for outdoor venues.

In the summer, we also host Voices UnCaged, a program developed by Chad Bradford to bring theatre arts to correctional facilities. With a curriculum focused on students developing their own creative voice, students go from script to show in less than a week and perform for an audience of their peers. 

Shake on the Lake is developing an exciting Theatre on Farms, an art and agritourism project, to follow our summer tour. Follow along as we develop our first immersive theatre pieces from classic Shakespeare plays like Macbeth and King Lear.

We end our season with a holiday classic at our home theatre, Theatre@37. Some years our holiday production is also tours, depending on the show. 

Shake on the Lake is also happy discuss customized programming for your community. If you are thinking of commissioning your own Shakespeare tour, please reach out to us and we’d be happy to talk about our devising and creative process to see if it works with your community. 

Learn more about our programming here:

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