Venture Productions

Shakespeare on the Lake


2019 Summer Announcement Coming Soon!


Tickets for 2019 available at the SUNY Fredonia Campus Ticket Office!

Looking Back on 2018

Adapted from his original plays, Shakespeare on the Lake staged William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet for audiences at the Dunkirk Lighthouse in Dunkirk, NY this July 2018 in an outdoor performance venue.

Performances ran July 17-21 & July 24-28 at 7:30p.m. Concessions were available prior to show beginning at 5:00p.m. - so dinner was served for those coming from a long day of work! 

The first-annual Masquerade Gala was held on July 24th at 6:00p.m. at the Dunkirk Lighthouse.  This event was offered for those taking a strong interest in how plays, like ours, come to life.  Appetizers, special 'Behind-The-Scenes' activities, a Blind Auction and of course a beautiful  performance were included with each ticket.




2017 Inaugural Performance!

Shakespeare on the Lake was established as a collaboration project between The Playground Academy and Venture Productions to bring quality theatre into Chautauqua County.  Over the course of two weekends in July, residents and tourists will be able to enjoy local eats, brilliant talent and a beautiful night out on Lake Erie.  SoL is an outdoor event that will be held under the Big Top, rain or shine!

Our first Shakespeare on the Lake performance was A Midsummer Night's Dream. This play is generally believed to have been written by Shakespeare in 1595 or 1596. Scholars place it chronologically after Romeo and Juliet and it is one of the works belonging to Shakespeare's so-called "lyric period," where most of his plays contain stylized lyric poetry and love plots. Some scholars believe that Shakespeare may even have been poking fun at his own work, as the plot of the mechanicals', Pyramus and Thisbe echoes that of Romeo and Juliet in comic fashion.



Thank you to Our Sponsors! 


Culligan Water Conditioning of Fredonia - David Briska - Dr. Russell J. DiPalma - DDS. - The Dunkirk Lighthouse - The Dunkirk Observer - Elaine Moore - The Fredonia Technology Incubator - G&E Tents - Monica Kemp - The Playground Academy - Pucci Carpet One Furniture - Rebecca Yanus - SUNY Fredonia Dept. of Theatre & Dance - TPS Supply Corp.  Veterans Park Museum - William M. Dorman & All our Anonymous Sponsors!