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Will Kempe's Players

a Shakespeare cooperative out of Troy, NY

Bromance, cross-dressing, betrayal, mean pranks, loud arguments, men behaving badly, women giving as good as they get, and an on-stage dog—Will Kempe’s Players, the Capital District’s professional original-practices touring Shakespeare company, is pleased to announce its Summer 2023 season. This year, we’ll be doing two of Shakespeare’s first comedies: The Taming of the Shrew and Two Gentlemen of Verona. They’re early, but they’re still the Bard, so both plays are funny, both plays are substantial, and both plays contain some of the most beautiful dramatic poetry known to humankind. We’re aiming both to satisfy some happy-ending expectations and toss in lots o' laughs and some surprises along the way.

Come July and August, we’ll be roaming the Capital District in our unmistakable green school bus, presenting the plays in repertory on weekends and going wherever a local venue wants two days of low comedy and high culture. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or check this page regularly for updates as we firm up our summer schedule. We hope to see you then!


We are the only worker-owned Shakespeare cooperative in the United States.

Will Kempe’s Players is a regional theater cooperative from Troy, NY that produces a wide range of theatrical performance utilizing the methods used by William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Our aim is to create quality experiences by promoting an inclusive creative environment and making Shakespeare’s works engaging and accessible to modern audiences while retaining historical authenticity.

I Wanna Be WKP

Got the Bard on your brain and talent to share? Looking for a crew with whom you can clown around? Want to brush up on your Shakespeare in the classroom? Interested in leaving a few dollars in our cap? There are a variety of ways to be a part of the WKP team both onstage and behind the scenes!

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