Shakespearience Weekend

Come experience Shakespeare and American Players Theatre this summer!

Join us for a one-day Shakespearience in the rolling countryside of southwest Wisconsin. Dive deep with lectures and conversations, go behind the scenes at American Players Theatre, and enjoy performances at the beautiful, newly renovated outdoor Up-the-Hill Theatre. Registration fee includes lectures, lunch, and a behind-the-scenes tour. Tickets to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Cyrano de Bergerac are not included in the registration fee.

At a glance

What: Shakespearience Weekend

When: Last offered Jul 22, 2017. Check back for next offering.

Where: Various locations, Spring Green, WI

Cost: $90

Joshua Calhoun
Sarah Marty

Registration closed

For additional information, contact Maureen Friend: 608-263-7055

What you'll experience

Spring Green
One of Smithsonian Magazine’s Top 20 Small Towns (2014), Spring Green is home to American Players Theatre, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, a thriving local food movement, and some of the most inspiring natural beauty southern Wisconsin has to offer.

APT's amazing audience shares a little bit about themselves and why this theater is so special.

American Players Theatre
Nestled in 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows, American Players Theatre (APT) is a professional repertory theater devoted to the classics. It was founded in 1979 and continues to be one of the most popular outdoor classical theatres in the nation. From June through November, APT produces 9 plays in rotating repertory – 5 on the Hill in the flagship 1148-seat outdoor theatre, and 4 in the intimate indoor Touchstone Theatre. Recently Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal called APT “the best classical theater company in America."


Saturday, July 22

  • 10am-noon: Prologue

    We’ll start our day with a conversation followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of brand new and recently renovated venues at American Players Theatre.

  • 1pm: Lecture – What is Love?

    An exploration of the many forms of love present in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this session will be led by UW-Madison Professor Joshua Calhoun, an award-winning scholar who specializes in Shakespeare and book history.

  • 2pm: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Up-the-Hill Theatre

    When lovers cross with mischievous sprites in an enchanted forest, a series of mishaps occur and nothing is what it seems. Add to the mix a bevy of fumbling actors and chaos breaks loose until dawn breaks and all is once again right with the world.

  • 5-7pm: Break – Supper on your own.

  • 7pm: Lecture

    Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the American Players Theatre production of “Cyrano De Bergerac,” a tale of chivalry and wit, bravery and love.

    This session will be led by Sarah Marty, who teaches for the UW-Madison Theatre Department and School of Business, directs the Madison Early Music Festival, and has worked as a producer, designer, and production manager for Four Seasons Theatre, Forward Theater, and UW Varsity Band Show, among others.

  • 8pm: Performance – “Cyrano De Bergerac” at the Up-the-Hill Theatre

    A funny, action-packed romance with a heart full of poetry. Cyrano, a brilliant soldier and intellectual with a rather large nose, believes he is too ugly to be loved. Eloquently expressing his passion for Roxane in poetry through a handsome, young cadet, he courts his love to humorous and near disastrous results.


Other items of interest

Learn more about American Players Theatre. Visit their website to purchase picnics or tickets to additional performances.

Schedule a visit to Taliesin, the 600-acre estate where Frank Lloyd Wright resided and perfected his distinct architectural style.

Questions about the Shakespearience?

Contact: Sarah Marty at, 608-263-2790, or Maureen Friend at, 608-263-7055.