American Players Theatre
Founded in 1979, American Players Theatre is a professional summer theater devoted to classical work with an emphasis on Shakespeare. The company’s 1,148-seat outdoor amphitheater, Up the Hill, resides beneath the sky in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. The company also has a 201-seat indoor theater, Touchstone Theatre, nestled between prairie and woods. From June through October, the company produces eight plays in rotating repertory. Their mission is to explore the extraordinary qualities that have allowed the great plays of the Western canon to endure through the ages and make them vividly accessible to a large and varied audience. Education is central to the company’s mission, and their outreach program enhances appreciation, understanding, and respect for language and classical theater in learners of all ages. They believe that sharing techniques that bring dramatic poetry to life can lead not only to an appreciation of Shakespeare's work, but a greater regard for all poetry and insight into some of the more mysteriously potent ways in which language can work.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, American Players Theatre will present student matinees of Hamlet directed by John Langs and The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Tim Ocel. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, Potency of Poetry residencies, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 160 schools from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan.