In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare weaves together three stories about a passionate group of young lovers, an eager troupe of amateur actors, and a dangerous world of fairies and magic. Dealing with themes of intimacy, deception, friendship, music, and love, this timeless tale will be beautifully performed in the Thoreau College Amphitheater!

June 23rd, 24th, and 25th @ 7 PM

World Premiere

Everyone talks about wanting love, but how often do we explain what love looks like? Award-winning, MFA playwright J. David Cook presents Love, American Style; three short plays that explore what love can look like - the good, the bad, and the awkward. It's sweet, it's funny, and it's scary, just like real love. 

June 24th and 25th @ 2 PM

Premiere Staged Reading

He’s the world’s second greatest detective, but there’s one mother of a case he’s never been able to crack. Local theatre artist Ian Baird presents Ancient Greek drama meets Pink Panther style humor in this hilarious adaptation of Sophocles classic Greek tragedy, "Oedipus Rex". 

June 24th @ 10 AM

June 25th @ 12 PM


Liam McGilligan* (Viroqua, WI)


Isa Grofsorean* (Minneapolis, MN)

Bottom (Pyramus)/Lysander

Gavin Struempler* (Chicago, IL)


Amalea Vidas* (Orlando,FL)


    Tori DeLaney (Chicago, IL)


*denotes Jones Classical Theatre Repertory Company Member


Willie E. Jones III


Ian Baird

Assistant Director

Zoe-Drew King

Stage Manager

Maegan Conlon*

Costume Designer

Dodie Whitaker

Music Director

*denotes member of Jones Classical Theatre Resident Ensemble

Thoreau College Amphitheater

*please note the land is uneven, so please wear comfortable footwear

Pricing and Deals


Bring your own chair or picnic blanket and enjoy!

Who Are We?

The mission of The Jones Classical Theatre, and thus the Viroqua Shakespeare Festival, is to support non-union professional theatre artists, early and late career theatre artists, theatre educators, and avocational artists from local communities.  The Jones Theatre believes that the American theater is enriched and well supported by non-union artists, community theaters, theatre educators, and their supporters. Therefore, each festival production is comprised of a core group of traveling, professional actors and a group of local, avocational artists from each community. The festival intends to be in conversation with each community it travels to and to curate a festival with the community in mind.  

Viroqua and Thoreau College were chosen as the home for the festival because of its rich artistic community, diverse performance spaces, and curious audiences. We have a passion for taking the theatre to the people and for performing Shakespeare in the beautiful Wisconsin outdoors. We hope to see you there!