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Georgina McKee and Braden Moran in Stephen Massicotte's “Mary’s Wedding” at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee.

American Players Theatre Announces 2016 Season

Shakespeare, Beckett, and Sarah Ruhl are among those whose works will be featured in both indoor and outdoor theatrical spaces.

SPRING GREEN, WISC.: American Players Theatre (APT) has released the details of its 37th theatrical season, set to run from June 4 to Oct. 16 of 2016. Ten productions will take place take place in APT’s outdoor performance space and at the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre, beginning with The Comedy of Errors, directed by David Frank and featuring Kelsey Brennan and Cristina Panfilio as the two Dromios.

Kenneth Albers will then direct APT’s first production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Brian Mani stars as Willy Loman.

An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde’s droll satire of love and political scandal in late Victorian Britain, will follow. Laura Gordon directs; David Daniel and Colleen Madden star.

Next is the award-winning Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard, a time-shifting tragicomedy of mathematics, love, and the nature of genius. James Bohnen directs.

Director William Brown will then bring King Lear to the APT stage for the first time in 16 years in a new staging of the Bard’s inimitable tragedy. Jonathan Smoots stars as the title role.

The African Company Presents Richard III will follow. Derrick Sanders directs Carlyle Brown’s play about a theatre troupe grappling with racial prejudice and Shakespearean verse in antebellum New York.

Next is Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl’s adapation of the foundational Greek myth. Kelsey Brennan is featured as the titular nymph; Nate Burger and James Ridge play Orpheus, her lover, and Apollo, her father, respectively.

Aaron Posner, cofounder of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company and the award-winning playwright of such works as The Chosen and Stupid Fucking Bird, will then direct a production of Beckett’s Endgame. David Daniel and Brian Mani star as the servant-and-master duo Clov and Hamm, and Sarah Day is featured as dustbin-dweller Nell.

Mary’s Wedding, Stephen Massicotte’s intimate examination of individual lives swept up in the enormity of world events, concludes the season under the direction of Brenda DeVita.

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