Out of the Woods Part 2: A NEW Play-Reading Series

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We are excited to announce a second series of APT's Out of the Woods, play readings performed and recorded live. 

APT is proud to once again partner with PBS Wisconsin to share this new series of “Out of the Woods” play readings, performed and recorded live. For the last several years, APT has been exploring the idea of just what makes “a classic.” In that vein, this series focuses on plays by playwrights who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, in collaboration with BIPOC directors and artists on the project. 

The first play reading will post on November 6 at 7:00 pm, and you can watch the series here

These performances will be available through December 31, 2020.


November 6

The Sins of Sor Juana
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Jake Penner

Juana Inés de la Cruz is a brilliant and controversial poet making waves throughout the Mexican Viceroy’s court – particularly with his wife – in the 1600s by writing about love, feminism, religion and other topics not deemed “appropriate” for women of the time. The Vicereine is so taken with Juana that she arranges an engagement to keep her in court, while the Viceroy plots to ruin her reputation. Told by Juana from the perspective of two different worlds – the court and the convent – it’s the story of her battle for independence and intellectual freedom; weighty and funny and utterly relevant.

Featuring Melisa Pereyra as Juana, Janyce Caraballo as Novice, Triney Sandoval as Padre Núñez/Viceroy, Ronald Román-Meléndez as Silvio, Jeliannys Michelle as Madre Filothea/Xóchitl, Cher Álvarez as Sor Sara/Vicereine, Sebastian Arboleda as Pedro.

Voice & Text Coach: Joy Lanceta Coronel
Scenic Designer: Nathan Stuber
Stage Manager: Jacqueline Singleton

A previous version of The Sins of Sor Juana was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2001. All inquiries regarding performance rights should be addressed to: Dramatic Publishing.


November 13

Nat Turner in Jerusalem
By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Gavin Lawrence

In 1831, Nat Turner led a slave revolt that has been credited by some with accelerating the onset of the Civil War. While he was in prison awaiting his execution, Turner dictated his story to attorney Thomas Gray, and it was published as “The Confessions of Nat Turner, the leader of the late insurrection in Southampton, VA.” In Nathan Alan Davis’ 2016 play Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Turner's final night in jail is reimagined in a meditation on past deeds and future repercussions that The New York Times called “an earnest, gravely lyrical gloss on a document that will surely always evoke passionate and widely different responses.”

Featuring La Shawn Banks as Nat Turner and Nate Burger as Thomas Gray.

Stage Manager: Jacqueline Singleton
Voice & Text: Michael Morgan
Original melodies performed and recorded by Gavin Lawrence.
Illustrations by Casey Hoekstra.

NAT TURNER IN JERUSALEM had its World Premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, Jim Nicola, Artistic Director, Jeremy Blocker, Managing Director 2016© 2020.

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November 20

Smart People
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Melisa Pereyra

Just before Obama’s first election, four of Harvard University's brightest - a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist and a neuropsychiatrist - struggle with a society that considers itself “post-racial,” and is all too often proven wrong. Jackson, Valerie, Ginny and Brian are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly in how it responds to race. But they’re also on a quest for love, success and identity in their own lives. A fiercely funny play about social and sexual politics.

Featuring Rasell Holt as Jackson Moore, Cassia Thompson as Valerie Johnston, Amy Kim Waschke as Ginny Yang and Jeb Burris as Brian White.

Voice and Text-Joy Lanceta Coronel
Stage Manager-Jacki Singleton
Sound Designer: Andre Pluess
Dramaturg: Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel

*Please note: This play contains adult content. 

New York Premiere Produced by Second Stage Theatre, New York, 2016 Carole Rothman, Artistic Director / Casey Reitz, Executive Director SMART PEOPLE was originally produced by the Huntington Theatre Company Boston, Massachusetts Peter DuBois, Artistic Director / Michael Maso, Managing Director SMART PEOPLE was originally commissioned by McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ Emily Mann, Artistic Director / Jeffrey Woodward, Managing Director

“Smart People” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com.


Thanks to our sponsors: Arcadia Books, Dane Arts, Nancy A. McDaniel, Orange Tree Imports and Wilson Creek Pottery. 


Special thanks to PBS Wisconsin for partnering with APT on this much-needed dose of art.