Beers & the Bard

Get ready for Antaeus Theatre Company’s next production of As You Like It by joining musically talented members of our company for an evening of songs inspired by the Bard. Grab a beer, sit back and enjoy as genres collide in this Shakespearean musical event!

Program is on Saturday, June 24 from 8pm-10pm at the Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale.

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Antaeus announces 2017-18 season including West Coast and Southern California premieres

Antaeus Theatre Company has announced an electric slate of plays for its 2017-18 season at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale. Best known for its meticulous productions of classical theater, Antaeus Theatre Company will push boundaries with four plays aimed squarely at modern sensibilities.

Opening the season in October will be Les Liaisons Dangereuses, adapted by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, directed by Robin Larsen. Sex, revenge, betrayal… let the games begin. This story of seduction and intrigue set in the decadence of pre-revolutionary France isn’t just a battle between the sexes — it’s war. In a world where the one percent holds all the cards, true love cannot be expressed without fear of destruction. (Previews Oct. 19 through Oct. 25, runs Oct. 26 through Dec. 10, 2017)

In January, Nike Doukas will direct The Hothouse by Harold Pinter. A wild, impudent and blisteringly funny look at a government-run mental institution in which the wardens may be madder than the inmates, Pinter wrote The Hothouse in 1958, then shelved it until 1979 when he returned to it and deemed it worthy of production. Under a veil of devilish wit and subversive humor, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power is as vital and pertinent today as when he first wrote it. (Previews Jan. 18 through Jan. 24, runs Jan. 25 through March 11, 2018)

Spring brings the Southern California premiere of Native Son, adapted by Nambi E. Kelley from the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Andi Chapman. Richard Wright’s iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice comes to life on stage in this ground-breaking adaptation. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man’s house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Nambi E. Kelley, this Native Son captures the power of Wright’s novel for a whole new generation. (Previews April 12 through April 18, runs April 19 through June 3, 2018)

The West Coast premiere of Three Days in the Country by Patrick Marber, a version of Turgenevs A Month in the Country directed by Andrew Paul, makes for perfect summer fare. In this passionate and comedic update of Turgenev’s classic, a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household. Over three days one summer the young and the old will learn lessons in love: first love and forbidden love, maternal love and platonic love, ridiculous love and last love, the love left unsaid and the love which must win out. (Previews July 5 through July 11, runs July 12 through Aug. 26, 2018)

According to co-artistic directors Bill Brochtup, Rob Nagle and John Sloan, “At Antaeus we’re always grappling with what is it that makes something a ‘classic’ and how we can challenge and broaden those definitions. Perhaps the most important question we ask is what does this play have to say to us, a contemporary audience, today? Does the play resonate and surprise us with its timeless insights into human nature? If so, that’s a play we’re interested in bringing to life and which we consider a classic.”

Antaeus is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theater to Southern California. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members — many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences — regain their creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater. Members of the company span a wide range of age, ethnicity and experience; they have performed on Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, television and on local stages, and are the recipients of numerous accolades and awards. Audiences, who never see an understudy due to Antaeus’ trademark “partner casting,” frequently return to see the same play in the hands of an equally excellent but very different set of actors.

The new Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center complements Glendale’s ongoing commitment to integrate vibrant arts space into the fabric of city life, ensuring the arts remain accessible to all. Located across the street from The Americana at Brand, and just a few blocks from the newly remodeled Glendale Central Library as well as the Alex Theatre, the center promises to build upon Glendale’s growing reputation as an arts and entertainment destination. The center includes an 80-seat theater, a reconfigurable 45-seat performance/classroom space, a theater classics library and a lobby art gallery.

For more information about Antaeus Theatre Company, call 818-506-5436 or visit online at www.antaeus.org.

Antaeus to unveil Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale with ‘Open Stages’ weekend of free community events

Antaeus Theatre Company will name its new venue at 110 E. Broadway in the City of Glendale the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in honor of the Gindlers’  $1 million capital campaign contribution and long-standing patronage. Following months of construction, doors will open on March 2 with Open Stages, four days of free events set to introduce Antaeus to the Glendale community. The inaugural production, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof   by Tennessee Williams, will begin previews on March 16 and open on March 23.

“We are all so grateful, honored, and humbled by Kiki and David’s devotion to the arts in Los Angeles and in particular by their incredible gift to Antaeus,” stated Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup, Rob Nagle and John Sloan. “With this beautiful new complex, we will be able to make more art than ever before and serve more people in our community with our programming.”

“The Antaeus membership includes some of the finest actors working on stage, film and TV today,” said David Gindler, who serves as Antaeus’s board chair. “Their level of commitment to the craft of acting and to the company’s work captured our admiration many years ago.”

“The Performing Arts Center begins a long-awaited new chapter for Antaeus — not just for today’s theater fans, but also a space to inspire the next generation of theater audiences and theater makers,” added Kiki Gindler.

“This is an exciting time for the arts and our Glendale community,” said Assembly member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale). “For decades, Antaeus has brought the arts to life for countless audiences and inspired thousands through their outreach programs. It’s a pleasure to welcome them to their new home.”

The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center complements Glendale’s ongoing commitment to integrate vibrant arts space into the fabric of city life, ensuring the arts remain accessible to all. Located across the street from The Americana at Brand, and just a few blocks from the newly remodeled Glendale Central Library as well as the Alex Theatre, the center promises to build upon Glendale’s growing reputation as an arts and entertainment destination. The flexible, multi-use space will enable Antaeus to expand upon all facets of its activities, from stage productions, to off-stage exploration of the process of making theater, to educational initiatives for actors and students of all ages. The center will include an 80-seat theater, a reconfigurable 45-seat performance/classroom space, a theater classics library and a lobby art gallery. Antaeus’s inaugural gallery exhibition, viewable throughMay 7, features paintings by playwright William Saroyan, on loan from the William Saroyan Foundation in partnership with the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance.

In a welcome letter to the company, City of Glendale Mayor Paula Devine wrote, “Antaeus Theatre’s inclusion in downtown Glendale will enrich our local economy [and] enhance the community’s quality of life.”

Philanthropists Kiki and David Gindler support numerous performing arts organizations in the Los Angeles community and beyond, including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Music Center, The Industry and Beth Morrison Projects.

Kiki Ramos Gindler serves as the president of the board of directors of Center Theatre Group, and also sits on the boards of the Los Angeles Opera, The Music Center and Pomona College. She is also a member of the National Council for the American Theatre and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee.

David Gindler currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of Antaeus Theatre Company and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and also sits on the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Music Center, and Beth Morrison Projects. David is a senior partner at the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP, where he specializes in intellectual property litigation and licensing, with an emphasis in complex patent litigation.

Antaeus is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to empower the actor and to bring classical theater to Southern California. The company exists to create a family of artists and audiences and is dedicated to exploring stories with enduring themes. Taking their company name from the Titan who gained strength by touching the Earth, Antaeus members—many of whom are familiar to film and television audiences—regain their creative strength by returning to the wellspring of their craft: live theater. Members of the company span a wide range of age, ethnicity and experience; they have performed on Broadway, at major regional theaters across the country, in film, television and on local stages, and are the recipients of numerous accolades and awards. Audiences, who never see an understudy due to Antaeus’ trademark “partner casting,” frequently return to see the same play in the hands of an equally excellent but very different set of actors.

For a schedule of Open Stages events, including tours, performances and family-friendly workshops, see below or go to Antaeus.org/OpenStages.

Drywall & Pipe Grids & Tile, Oh My!

As summer comes to an end, construction continues on our new home in downtown Glendale. We’ve moved our offices to a temporary space around the corner from our new home so we’ve been enjoying seeing the daily progress. Over the past few months, our contractor and his team have been busy framing out walls, tiling restrooms, welding pipe grids in our two theaters, and installing the first layer of the sprung floor in the black box. Here are a few pictures of the progress on the space so you can see the exciting transformation too:

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Photo 1 by Paul Lazarus

In the next few weeks, the drywall will be going up and then all the things that will make our new space become our home will start going in. It’s an exciting time at Antaeus and as always, we want to thank you for being part of this incredible journey!

Play On!
Ana Rose O’Halloran
Executive Director

Follow our progress as we build our new home in Glendale on our blog at antaeus.org/news. To find out how you can contribute to Play On! and help us move to our new home, visit antaeus.org/play-on