Winter Words

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Select Mondays at 7:00 pm | $20

Winter Words is a public play-reading series in the Touchstone Theatre where APT artists explore new-to-APT plays, some of which may someday make their way to our stages. 

Please note: Ticket availability is very limited for this season's Winter Words series. However, additional seats may become available if there are cancellations closer to the performance dates. Please use the links below to check for current availability or purchase tickets. 

For questions about accessibility, assistance with ordering or additional information about Winter Words tickets please call 608-588-9207.

2019 Winter Words Lineup

February 4
The Moors
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Keira Fromm
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A young governess arrives at a remote manor after exchanging semi-romantic correspondence with Mr. Branwell. But when the door opens, the only residents of the house seem to be Branwell's two sisters, a maid (or maybe two maids?) and a lovelorn mastiff. And no man to be found, or child to be cared for. An inspired and whimsical story based on the works and lives of the Brontë sisters.

"This is the reason we go to theater." - The New York Times

February 11 
Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Sophiyaa Nayar
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Emilie, Marquise Du Chatelet was a woman ahead of her time. An 18th century mathematical genius and pioneer in the study of physics, Emilie returns from the dead tonight to defend her legacy, delving into her passion for science and philosophy and the role it played in her relationship with Voltaire.

"Gunderson possesses an antic imagination that seeks to invent its own rules. As soon as we're drawn in, she shakes us and whisks us 10 or 15 paces ahead." – The Los Angeles Times

Note: This reading will be performed in place of Wolf at the Door.

March 11
The Brothers Size
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Gavin Lawrence
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In the Louisiana bayou, Ogun Size is the hardworking and steady brother to the younger Oshoosi. Ogun worries constantly about his brother, who's fresh out of jail, restless and aimless. When Elegba, Oshoosi's old prison-mate arrives with a gift, their relationship is thrown out of balance. Influenced by the rich culture of the Yoruba people of West Africa, this contemporary tale begins in ritual and evolves into a tough and tender drama of what it means to brother and be brothered. Combining flights of poetry, music, and dance, The Brothers Size explores the tenuousness of freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone. For more on The Brothers Size, check out this interview with playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

"The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more." - The Chicago Tribune

April 1
Mother of the Maid
By Jane Anderson
Directed by Peter G. Andersen
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What's a mother to do when her child tells her she's hearing voices? A difficult question under any circumstance, and infinitely more difficult when that child is a future saint. Isabelle and Jacques find themselves not only raising - and losing - a headstrong daughter, but one who will one day be known as Joan of Arc. 

"Mother of the Maid makes for a comical and moving two hours, especially for those who have ever raised a child." -


CONTENT: The 2019 Winter Words play readings contain strong language and adult content. 

TICKET POLICY: All sales are final and tickets are not refundable. Due to the limited performance schedule, tickets for Winter Words are NOT exchangeable. Unused tickets may be returned as a tax-deductible donation up to 1 hour before show time by calling the Box Office. Please have your tickets or order confirmation number available when you call. 

ACCESSIBILITY: The shuttle will NOT be operating for the Winter Words performances. Please call 608-588-7401 and ask for the Box Office to arrange for accessible seating or parking closer to the theatre if needed. Assisted listening devices will be available from the house staff if you’d like to use one. 

WEATHER POLICY: In the event of winter weather, every effort will be made to complete the performance as scheduled. If you are unable to make it to a performance due to weather, please contact the box office in advance. 

CHILDREN and PETS: Children under six, including infants, are not allowed in the theater as a courtesy to your fellow patrons and the actors. Pets are not allowed in the theaters or on APT grounds.

For questions or assistance, please call 608-588-7401 and ask for the Box Office. Please note, tickets are not available by phone. A handling fee will be applied to each order.