Out of the Woods: A Play-Reading Series

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The Out of the Woods series has been extended through August 9! Watch now at PBSWisconsin.org/apt

We are excited to announce a new play reading series: Out of the Woods, play readings performed and recorded live. APT’s Core Acting Company, alongside some other great APT actors, will be reading a selection of plays using Zoom virtual meeting software. The readings are streamed live and recorded by PBS Wisconsin. Play readings will be posted on Fridays at 7:00 PM CT on their website: pbswisconsin.org, and free to view.

Schedule
You can watch all the readings here.

Chekhov One Acts
By Anton Chekhov. 
Adapted & Translated by John Wyatt.
Directed by Aaron Posner.

Three stories about the complexities of love and life; marriage and moving on. These one-act plays were produced at APT in 1985 and 1986.
The Bear, featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold (Popova), Brian Mani (Smirnov), James Ridge (Luka). 
On the Harmfulness of Tobacco, featuring David Daniel (Nyukhin). 
The Proposal, Sarah Day (Chubukov), Colleen Madden (Natalya Stepanova), Marcus Truschinski (Lomov). 

Jacqueline Singleton: Stage Manager.

As You Like It 
By William Shakespeare. Directed by John Langs.

A quite-nearly-perfect Shakespearean comedy, featuring one of his greatest heroines. As sure as anything to make you feel like you're at home in our woods for an evening. Featuring: Tracy Michelle Arnold (Jaques), Kelsey Brennan (Phoebe), Nate Burger (Orlando), David Daniel (Touchstone), Sarah Day (Madame Le Beau/Reverend Olive Martext), Jim DeVita (Charles/William), Alys Dickerson (Celia), Tim Gittings (Corin/Jaques de Boys),Gavin Lawrence (Silvius), Colleen Madden (Audrey), Brian Mani (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior), Melisa Pereyra (Rosalind), James Ridge (Adam/Hymen), Marcus Truschinski (Oliver/Amiens).

Jacki Singleton: Stage Manager. Joe Cerqua: Sound Designer. Voice & Text Coach: Eva Breneman.

Arms and The Man 
By George Bernard Shaw. Directed by William Brown. 

Love and war collide in a uniquely Shavian fashion when an “enemy” soldier climbs in through the idealistic Raina’s window, throwing her life and worldview into disarray. Featuring: Kelsey Brennan (Louka), Nate Burger (Bluntschli), David Daniel (Russian Officer) Sarah Day (Catherine), Tim Gittings (Nicola), Melisa Pereyra (Raina), James Ridge (Petkoff), Marcus Truschinski (Sergius).

Jacqueline Singleton: Stage Manager. Eva Breneman: Voice and Text Coach.

Julius Caesar 
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried. 

Growing unease over Caesar's popularity spreads through Rome, spurring good people to do terrible deeds. A riveting political thriller about blood spilled in the name of the republic, and hands that hold the blades.
Featuring: Tracy Michelle Arnold (Cassius), Kelsey Brennan (Marulius/Metellus/Titinius), Nate Burger (Flavius/Trebonius/Pindarus), David Daniel (Carpenter/Decius/Lucillius), Sarah Day (Casca/Dardanius), Jim DeVita (Brutus), Tim Gittings (Cinna/Caesar’s servant/Messala), Gavin Lawrence (Antony), Colleen Madden (Soothsayer/Portia/Cinna the Poet, Volumnius), Brian Mani (Julius Caesar/Poet), Melisa Pereyra (Calphurnia/Octavis’ Servant/Clitus), James Ridge (Cicero/Ligarius/Lepidus), Marcus Truschinski (Cobbler/Artemidorus/Octavius), Marco Lama (Lucius).

Jacqueline Singleton: Stage Manager. Sara Becker: Voice and Text Coach.
Ele Matelan: Foley Artist.

Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been… 
By Carlyle Brown. Directed by David Daniel. 

Writer and activist Langston Hughes faces down his fears by writing a poem on the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent-Sub-Committee on Investigations on Un-American Activities.
Featuring: Jim DeVita (Senator Dirksen), Jamal James (Frank Reeves), Gavin Lawrence (Langston Hughes), Brian Mani (Senator McCarthy), James Ridge (Roy Cohn), Marcus Truschinski (David Schine).

Jacqueline Singleton: Stage Manager. Eva Breneman: Voice and Text Coach. Special Thanks to Eli Saperstein and Matt Snow.

An Improbable Fiction
By James DeVita. Directed by Tim Ocel.

A world-premiere reading of James DeVita's new play, told largely in Shakespeare's own words. It's plague time, and Shakespeare's characters are out of sorts (and out of work). Several of our favorites reunite at The Boar's Head Tavern to celebrate life, and ruminate on the state of the world.
Featuring: Brian Mani (Falstaff), Sarah Day (Mistress Quickly). Also featuring Tracy Michelle Arnold, Nate Burger, Gavin Lawrence, Melisa Pereyra. Narrator: Tim Gittings.

Jacqueline Singleton: Stage Manager. Eva Breneman: Voice and Text Coach. Gregg Coffin: Sound Composer.



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