American Players Theatre, Arcadia Books, and Wisconsin Weekends

Friday, July 24, 2015

Every single year, since 2010, I spend one weekend in Spring Green, Wisconsin. There's an incredible theatre there called the American Players Theatre that performs everything from classic Shakespeare to cutting-edge intimate plays. It's my absolute favorite theatre and one of the only places I've been where you can see professional Shakespeare under the stars. 
The tiny town of Spring Green includes a wonderful bookstore called Arcadia Books that I always visit while I'm there. I am never disappointed by their collection and I always leave with at least one (usually more) books. 

The town also happens to be home to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture studio and a current architecture school. House on the Rock is also located there (and plays a big part in Neil Gaiman's American Gods).

It's in the middle of nowhere, but the strange collection of attractions means there's a constant stream of people visiting. If you're ever in the Midwest you should definitely take time to visit! It's only about 3 hours from Chicago and even just seeing one of the plays makes the trip worth while! 

A few of my reviews of APT shows: 

APT photo from here, bookstore photos by me. 


Anonymous said...

Really? I don't doubt you, of course, you know TONS more about drama and plays than I do, but are there really few places to host outdoor summer Shakespeare? I thought it was everywhere! I know Omaha does it and I am pretty sure Kansas City hosts one. And my cousin who is a professional actor did a summer stock in Yellow Stone and I had assumed it was a Shakespearean company. I have no idea if it was outdoors though, now that I think of it.
This places does look wonderful. :)

Anonymous said...

I just reread your comment about 'only places THAT YOU've BEEN' - sorry, I didn't quite read it right. :) NEVERMIND...

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Ha, there are definitely other outdoor Shakespeare theaters. This is just happens to be my favorites and one of the only places I've been to.