Since 1966, Theatre on the Bay has been a community mainstay, providing culture, entertainment, education and enrichment for our residents, tourists and business people alike.
The UW-Marinette campus theatre is named in honor of Herbert L. Williams, associate professor of Communication Arts and Artistic Director of Theatre on the Bay from 1966 until his retirement in 1996.
- In 1966, Bay Shore Players (TOB's precurser) opened with three one-act plays directed by Herbert L. Williams and Lyle Iverson
- Built in 1968 by Marinette County
- Furnished by the University
- Backstage area expanded in 1983
- 362 seats
- Thrust stage
- First performance Feb. 11, 1969, concert by flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal
- First Theatre on the Bay production, "Lion in Winter"
- First lecture, cartoonist Al Capp
- First professional theatre touring performance, "Waiting for Godot" by the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.
The 49th Season: 2015-2016
Fiddler on the Roof
July 16-19 & 23-26
The Herbert L. Williams Theatre opens its 49th Season this summer with Fiddler on the Roof, one of Broadway’s most acclaimed musicals by Joseph Stein. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions, as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives.
All My Sons
November 13-15 & 20-22
All My Sons, by Arthur Miller tells a wartime tale of wrong-doing. During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe’s son plans to marry Deever’s daughter.
Dead Man's Cell Phone
April 8-10 & 15-18, 2016
TOB closes Season 49 with Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl’s exploration of modern technology’s ability to unite and isolate, this wildly imaginative comedy, that examines how we memorialize the dead and how that remembering changes us.