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James DeVita in "An Iliad" at Milwaukee Repertory Theater (photo by Michael Brosilow)

American Players Theatre Announces 2015 Season

For summer 2015, the bill at American Players Theatre includes Shakespeare, Jane Austen, with a healthy dose of “Illiad” and Athol Fugard.

SPRING GREEN, WISC.: American Players Theatre (APT) has announced its 36th season, which will run from June 6 to October 18, 2015. APT has two different locations, with a differing schedule at each one. At APT’s outdoor amphitheater, Up the Hill, the bill will feature William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Othello, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward’s Private Lives.

APT’s indoor Touchstone Theatre will house An Iliad , Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s adaptation of Homer’s epic poem for one actor, featuring core company member Jim DeVita (who recently performed in Milwaukee Repertory Theatre’s production of An Iliad).

In addition, the Touchstone will also feature The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona (a tale of two black political prisoners in South Africa), and The Game of Love and Chance by Pierre Carlet de Marivaux, in a translation by Stephen Wadsworth. The latter play is a romantic comedy about mistaken identities. An additional title will be announced at a later date.

In addition to programming, there’s also been changes to APT’s core company of actors, who appear in the theatre’s shows season after season. Matt Schwader, who has been a member for seven years, will depart in 2015. Kelsey Brennan will join the core company, having been an apprentice at APT since 2008.

APT, founded in 1979, is a summer repertory theatre devoted to classics. Every show in its season is performed in rotating repertory.

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