American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
A Kingdom Without a King
In the parent/child relationship, button pushing is an inborn trait. A king and his daughters are no more immune to this flaw in human nature than, say, a salesman and his sons (See Death of a Salesman). But when a tantrum reaches royal proportions, no one escapes the fallout. And the irony? It's love that opened the gate to this tragedy - perhaps the greatest tragedy of all time. We watch, mesmerized, as the tie that binds this family draws taut and begins snapping, thread by thread, while the world dangles beneath. It's been some time since this particular king has howled at our moon. See it this summer with open eyes and open hearts.
Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece comes to APT for the first time in 17 years. A King is undone by his own vanity when he asks his daughters to sing his praises, and harshly punishes the only one of them who cares to tell the truth. Lear's act of folly sets his kingdom on a path toward betrayal, war and unspeakable loss from which few will emerge unscathed.
Featuring: Kelsey Brennan, Tim Gittings, Cedric Mays, Greta Oglesby, Cristina Panfilio, Eric Parks, Melisa Pereyra, James Ridge, Laura Rook, Christopher Sheard, Jonathan Smoots & Marcus Truschinski
Runs August through September
Review: 'King Lear' By Anne Siegel, Total Theater, August 30, 2016.
BWW Review: APT's Gritty KING LEAR Grapples with 21st Century Reality By Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World, August 17, 2016.
Take a trip to Wisconsin for 'King Lear' The Download, WGN Radio, August 16, 2016.
Theater Review: At APT, the 'dark and vicious' world of 'King Lear' drives men mad By Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times, August 15, 2016.
Theater Review: American Players Theatre delivers a visceral 'King Lear' By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 15, 2016.
Takeaways: American Players Theatre's 'King Lear' By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 15, 2016.
Jonathon Smoots, Brian Mani link APT's past to its vibrant present By Mike Fischer, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 20, 2016.