American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
P.O. Box 819
Spring Green, WI 53588
Box Office: 608-588-2361
The Tempest seems custom-written for our outdoor theater. Equal parts laughter, revenge and romance, it teeters like a stormy sky and calls upon Nature herself to play a supporting role, sending playgoers back down the Hill with much to savor. Both comedy and tragedy, the story sees its protagonist, Prospero, administering magic, negotiating with spirits and playing supernatural matchmaker. At the end he asks his audience to set him free with applause. We trust you'll oblige.
By Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2011.
"The Tempest" shows the need to let go
By Mike Fischer, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 15, 2011.
American Players Theatre's charming 'The Tempest' weathers the storm
By Josh Wimmer, The Isthmus, August 14, 2011.
APT's 'The Tempest' all about magic and the magic of theater
By Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest, August 14, 2011.
Singing through the storm in APT's 'The Tempest'
By Lindsay Christians, 77 Square, August 14, 2011.
The Tempest is the story of a wronged man carrying out a long hungered-for revenge.
The Tempest is the story of a father determined to assure his daughter's future safety and happiness.
The Tempest is the story of a young woman who falls in love with the first young man she has ever seen.
The Tempest is the story of a savage slave dreaming of freedom.
The Tempest is the story of a King who believes his only son has drowned and searches in vain for the body.
The Tempest is the story of a spirit freed from one kind of captivity, yearning for release from a second.
The Tempest is the story of an usurper who persuades his friend to try to murder a King.
The Tempest is the story of a man who chooses to rejoin the world.
The Tempest is the story of a drunken butler who dreams of being the man who would be King.
The Tempest is the story of magic, ethereal music, disappearing banquets, vicious dogs, floating apparel, goddesses and a violent storm.
The Tempest is, miraculously, all these stories.
And it is, in Shakespeare's final, clear-eyed gift to us, a journey towards self-knowledge and forgiveness.
— James Bohnen