American Players Theatre, Named Best Classical Theater in America by WSJ Critic, Adds Final Play to 2015 Season

By Louise Burton on Dec 29, 2014 06:28 PM EST

Earlier this year, theater critic Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal called the American Players Theatre of Spring Green, Wis., the best classical theater in America. He was writing about a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at APT in August when he made this pronouncement.

Teachout later named this production of The Seagull the best classical production of the year, calling it "... A richly resonant traditional staging" in his December 24 recap of the best theatrical performances of 2014.

American Players Theatre, a small regional theater where most performances take place outdoors in the summer, somehow manages to stage productions year after year that would be the envy of any high-profile theater in a major city. The company recently added the final touches to its upcoming 2015 season, adding a final play, Edward Albee's Seascape, to be staged in the indoor Touchstone Theatre.

APT's full season, running from June 6 to October 18, 2015, includes five plays in the flagship outdoor amphitheater: William Shakespeare's Othello and The Merry Wives of WindsorPride and Prejudice, adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan from the novel by Jane Austen; A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; and Noël Coward's Private Lives.

The 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theater will host An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles; The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona; The Game of Love and Chance by Pierre Carlet de Marivaux; and Albee's Seascape.

Actor James DeVita, who performed An Iliad earlier this year for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, will reprise his one-man tour-de-force role at APT in 2015.

Here, APT actors Tracy Michelle Arnold and Chris Sheard discuss APT's production of The Seagull, directed by John Langs in 2014

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TagsAmerican Players Theatre, Wisconsin, Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal, Anton Chekhov, The Seagull, Tracy Michelle Arnold, John Langs, Edward Albee, Seascape, Shakespeare, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor

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