Winter Words

Winter Words

Mondays at 7:00 pm | $20

Tickets on sale January 21 at 10:00 am.

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. 

2020 Winter Words

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February 10* 
By Leo Tolstoy | Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Laura Gordon
A “psychologically sophisticated script…ingenious” – The New York Times

Anna has resigned herself to a marriage of convenience, until she meets the dashing Count Vronsky. The two soon fall into a torrid romance that threatens to burn Anna’s family life to the ground. A beloved and tragic romance read in the Touchstone.

February 24
By Nilo Cruz
Directed by Melisa Pereyra
"The play’s intricate but clear patterns are drawn with a pleasing fluidity, and Cruz’s dialogue is often entrancingly lovely" - Variety

In the heat of Florida, a Cuban-American family spends long days rolling cigars for a factory. To pass the time, a lector arrives to read to them while they’re working, and begins with Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. As the book’s story unfolds, the family’s seems to run parallel, bringing secrets and lies to the forefront and threatening their business and happiness. 

March 9
By John Van Druten
Directed by Leia Squillace
“…feels like stumbling across a lost film classic by Howard Hawks: How did this fresh and fizzy thing fall into obscurity?” – The New York Times

A 1930’s London law firm sets the stage for a sparkling and sophisticated office comedy. Quick witted typists working at the firm gauge their prospects in work and in love, as the men in their lives attempt to keep up. 

April 6
By Aeschylus | Adapted by Simon Scardifield
Directed by David Daniel
“…a cracking version, featuring a brilliantly conceived three person Chorus who merge almost seamlessly into the narrative.” – Radio Review

With the Trojan War raging, King Agamemnon offers a brutal sacrifice in hopes of getting his brother’s wife, Helen, out of Troy. But that bloody betrayal paves the way for more violent acts, until the palace runs with the blood of innocent and guilty alike. The first play in the Oresteia trilogy, Aeschylus’ classic tale of betrayal and revenge comes to new life in the Touchstone.

Readings begin at 7:00 pm in the Touchstone Theatre, and a Q&A session with the artists will be held after each performance.

Tickets will go on sale January 21 at Winter Words tickets are only available online. If you need assistance with your order, call 608-588-7401.


CONTENT: The 2020 Winter Words play readings may 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.