TWELFTH NIGHT Plays American Players Theatre, Now thru 10/7


American Players Theatre (APT) announces its 2012 Season, which will run June 9 to October 21, 2012. The season will be especially exciting to Shakespeare lovers, with the return of three Shakespeare productions in APT's 1148-seat outdoor amphitheater Up the Hill, as well as Vern Thiessen's Shakespeare's Will, about William Shakespeare's enigmatic wife Anne Hathaway, in APT's 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. Additionally, APT will present a new Shakespearience festival, featuring preeminent Shakespeare scholars and special events from August 24-26, 2012.

Located on 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows above the Wisconsin River in Spring Green, Wisconsin, APT was founded in 1979 and continues to be one of the most popular outdoor classical theaters in the nation.

Single tickets for American Players Theatre's 2012 Season range from $42-$66, with special 4-Pack ticket packages starting at just $88 for four tickets to select shows Up the Hill. Shakespearience festival passes are $40. Ticket and lodging packages are also available at discounted rates. For more information on ticket prices, schedules, plays and casting, call the APT Box Office at 608-588-2361 or visit

American Players Theatre's 2012 Season:

Twelfth Night - June 16 to October 7, 2012 (Up the Hill)
By William Shakespeare, Directed by David Frank
Opening night: June 16 at 8 p.m.

Quite simply one of the best comedies ever written. Love, disguise and a pompous middle man locked in a basement.

Heroes - June 16 to September 27, 2012 (Touchstone Theatre)
By Gérald Sibleyras, Translated by Tom Stoppard, Directed by James Bohnen
Opening night: June 16 at 3 p.m.

Inspiration and laughter from three WWI vets leading adventurous lives on the inside. Of a retirement home.

The Royal Family - June 23 to September 29, 2012 (Up the Hill)
By George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Directed by Laura Gordon
Opening night: June 23 at 8 p.m.

Think your family is dramatic? Try this one for a night, as a family of actors struggle with the limelight and their places within it.

Richard III - June 30 to September 28, 2012 (Up the Hill)
By William Shakespeare, Directed by James DeVita
Opening night: June 30 at 8 p.m.

The rise and fall of one of history's most compelling gangsters.

Skylight - July 1 to October 20, 2012 (Touchstone Theatre)
By David Hare, Directed by John Langs
Opening night: July 1 at 6 p.m.

A character play about love and conscience, present and past. Former lovers reconnect to make sense of the past, as they attempt to face the future.

The Admirable Crichton - August 11 to October 6, 2012 (Up the Hill)
By J.M. Barrie, Directed by Kenneth Albers
Opening night: August 11 at 8 p.m.

A butler is useful in English drawing rooms (and even more so on deserted islands). A play rife with humor and irony by the creator of Peter Pan.

Shakespeare's Will - August 17 to October 21, 2012 (Touchstone Theatre)
By Vern Thiessen, Directed by Brenda DeVita
Opening night: August 17 at 8 p.m.

Anne Hathaway – elusive, enigmatic, glorious. Oh yes, and Shakespeare's wife. See the story from a different perspective, and immerse in Anne's journey to stay faithful to herself.

Troilus and Cressida - August 18 to October 5, 2012 (Up the Hill)
By William Shakespeare, Directed by William Brown
Opening night: August 18 at 8 p.m.

War has devastating effects on love in this uncannily contemporary story, set against the backdrop of the Trojan war.

In Acting Shakespeare - August 24 to October 4, 2012 (Touchstone Theatre)
By James DeVita, Directed by John Langs
Opening night: August 24 at 8 p.m.

Freely adapted from the play Acting Shakespeare, written and compiled by Ian McKellen for his 1987 tour of the USA. James DeVita tells his story of discovering Shakespeare and the beauty – and potential – of words.

Shakespearience festival - August 24 to 26, 2012
Presenting scholars include Heather Dubrow, Jay Halio, Lois Potter and Curt L. Tofteland
Opening reception: August 24 at 4:30 p.m.

In celebration of a season that highlights Shakespeare's presence as playwright, subject or character like never before, American Players Theatre presents a three-day festival of preeminent Shakespeare scholars and APT experts for a weekend of Bard-centric sessions and special events. For more information on scholars, sessions and event locations, visit

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