Winter Words

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In accordance with COVID-19 containment plans, we unfortunately must cancel our Winter Words reading of Agamemnon, scheduled for April 6.  

Agamemnon Ticket Holders
You may exchange your Agamemnon ticket for a ticket to any performance in the 2020 season. If you would prefer a refund, we will provide one to you. Or, if you're able, we would be very grateful if you would consider donating the value of your ticket. Unexpected loss of income can be devastating for arts organizations and the artists and artisans we employ. Donations of any amount are welcome and vital during this uncertain time. 

Whatever your decision, please call the APT box office at 608-588-2361 to make arrangements. You may also email  

2020 Winter Words

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. There will be a talkback with the artists immediately following each reading. 

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.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission. 

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. 

Run time: Approximately one hour and 40 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

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. 

CANCELLED - April 6 AGAMEMNON 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.