Artistic Director Jacob Janssen Featured in Urban Milwaukee

Did you catch this recent piece in Urban Milwaukee? Check it out, and tell your friends!

And don’t forget your tickets for BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, opening this week.

Theater: A New Name In Wisconsin Theater


Community Partner – Open Door Bird Sanctuary

Did you know that each production at TAP has a community partner? The first preview performance of each show is “Pay-What-You-Will”, with all proceeds benefiting our community partner! For the upcoming BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, TAP is thrilled to partner with the amazing Open Door Bird Sanctuary.

Learn a bit more about this great organization below:

The Open Door Bird Sanctuary raises avian awareness and inspires coexistence with the rich natural world of Door County, of Wisconsin and wherever you call home. We are a private non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and the only facility of its kind in the area. With 34 acres of pristine land with hiking trails, wildlife viewing and our birds of prey, we offer a unique combination of environmental and wildlife education as well as being a destination for both Door County residents and tourists alike. Our visitors are all ages offering just as much awe and inspiration to adults as to children. Highlights are:

  • Feature live raptors for educational observation for Door County school groups, service clubs, senior groups all year round both on site and off.
  • Engaging environmental education through interactive, live behavioral demonstrations
  • Shelter to injured raptors (birds of prey)

This Pay-What-You-Will preview performance will be extra special – because Open Door Bird Sanctuary will be bringing two of their birds for folks to meet before the show! Don’t miss this amazing chance to learn more about their programs and see one of their raptors live.

Join TAP on October 2 at 1:15PM for the pre-show program with Open Door Bird Sanctuary, then stay for the 2:00PM Pay-What-You-Will preview of BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA. Contribute what you can – and know that it will be supporting this great work in Door County!

Where: Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay
When: Sunday, October 2, 2022
1:15PM Pre-Show Discussion and Live Raptor Observation with Open Door Bird Sanctuary
2:00PM Pay-What-You-Will Preview of BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA (all proceeds benefiting Open Door Bird Sanctuary)

Can’t join us on October 2? Get your tickets for later in the run – don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful performance! BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA runs through October 30, 2022 with performances at Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Buy tickets online or call the box office at (920) 743-1760.

New Play Reading Club at Door County Library

Third Avenue PlayWorks will expand its partnership with Door County Library with the launch of a Play Reading Club in October.

TAP launched a partnership with Door County Library in early 2022 to create the Checkout TAP program. Partnering with all eight Door County Library branches, Checkout TAP is making available more than 1,600 free theater tickets using a library code for people across the county.

This partnership will expand in October with the launch of the Play Reading Club, based out of the Sturgeon Bay Branch. This monthly reading club will add to the library’s existing program of book reading clubs with a focus on dramatic literature. Each month, participants will read and discuss a play.

The Play Reading Club will be led by TAP Artistic Director Jacob Janssen, who says of the program, “We love working with community partners like Door County Library, and I’m excited to expand that with this new reading club. So many people haven’t read a play beyond high school Shakespeare class. I love reading plays, so I’m excited to share that with everyone – and open the door to the wide world of plays that are out there.”

The first Play Reading Club will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 3PM. Participants will read and discuss BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, TAP’s next production opening early October. A limited number of scripts can be checked out of the library, and a reference copy will be available for reading in the library. No advance sign-up is required, so everyone is welcome to join.

The Play Reading Club will continue monthly, and the group who attends in October will help to choose November’s play.

Janssen says that this program will offer a unique reading experience to participants. He adds, “You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at how theater artists translate a play from page to stage.”

Play Reading Club
First Meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 3PM
Sturgeon Bay Branch, Door County Library
107 S 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA runs October 2-30, 2022 with performances at Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Buy tickets online or by calling the box office at (920) 743-1760.

One-of-a-Kind Environmental Roundtable on October 4, 2022

Third Avenue PlayWorks (TAP) will host a roundtable discussion on Tuesday, October 4th focused on the intersection of environmental work and the arts happening in Door County – and how you can get involved.

Facilitated by Artistic Director Jacob Janssen, this one-of-a-kind event will bring together representatives from environmental organizations in our region to discuss the state of environmental advocacy and activism in Door County.

The discussion is inspired by the upcoming BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, running October 2-30. BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA draws its artistic inspiration from the individual experience of climate change in everyday lives.

Come and learn what you can do to join the work already being done.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm
WHERE: Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Free and open to the public

Inspired by the timely themes in BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA, nine environmental organizations are seizing the opportunity to raise awareness and share their own expertise with TAP audiences. Organizations partnering with TAP for this production include:

  • Crossroads at Big Creek
  • Climate Change Coalition of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Door County Land Trust
  • Sierra Club
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary
  • The Ridges Sanctuary
  • Door County Environmental Council

Each organization is promoting the production to their audiences, and many will also join for the roundtable discussion. We hope to see you there!