Meet the Artist- Lloyd Roberson II

Meet Lloyd Roberson II, the Provost in Measure for Measure, who seems to have made it his personal mission to dispel the myth that actors aren’t into sports.

  1. Where would you move to if you could live anywhere? It’s a toss up between Paris and Athens.
  2. What is one food you cannot stand? Uni.
  3. What do you listen to on your commute? Audiobooks (fantasy, sci-fi, action, adventure, with a little romance) and music (Kendrick Lamar, Har Mar Superstar, Lizzo, etc.)
  4. What was the first play you ever did? Underground Jungle
  5. Where was the coolest place you’ve visited? I love to travel and fell in love with a lot of places. But, if I have to make a choice the drama of Yosemite National Park would be my answer at this point.
  6. Did you ever have a celebrity crush? Yes. Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
  7. Are you a sports fan? Yes! Go Chargers! Go Clippers!
  8. What is your dream role? Titus Andronicus
  9. Are you usually early or late? Personally late, professionally on time.
  10. What skill would you like to master? Growing/maintaining grass.
  11. How do you relax after a long day of work? Watching sports.
  12. What movie world would you want to live in? Asgard

Meet the Playwright- Sean Abley

Get to know Sean Abley, whose play Tea Party is one of six being featured in LAB RESULTS 2020.

 

1. What book or play do you reread over and over? The Stand by Stephen King; anything by Sam Shepard

2.   What was the first play you wrote? Robert Wilfred Witmark on His Life, Taking Liberties, and the Pursuit of Other Stuff. (I was 16!)
3.   Do you have a favorite playwright? Sam Shepard. I’m a student of Off-Off Broadway and have read everything he’s written.
4.   Do you prefer writing comedy or drama? Almost every play I’ve written has both so… both!
5.   Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered? Are you asking me or my husband?
6.   If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Lasagna.
7.   Do you collect anything? Horror movie reference books.
8.   What is one of your favorite smells? Eucalyptus.
9.   What is the best compliment you’ve received? “Your play will change people’s lives.” (I’m not sure I believe it, but I was stunned when they said it.)
10.     Do you like surprises? I like surprises that involve cake, travel, or someone picking up the check.
11.     Create your perfect ice cream sundae. Brownie, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream.
12.      What song always gets you on the dance floor? Anything by ABBA
13.      Do you have a go-to joke? Three peanuts were walking down the street in a bad section of town and one was a-salt-ed.
14.     Road trips or planes? Road trips! I’m a terrible flyer!

Meet the Playwright- Matthew Doherty

Get to know Matthew Doherty, whose play Brothers Play is one of six being featured in the 2020 LAB RESULTS and whose taste in jokes is NSFW.
1.   What book/play do you reread over and over?
    Rilke’s Letters to A Young PoetThe Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning by Ernest Kurtz
    & Katherine Ketcham.
2.   What was the first play you wrote?
   After The Flood.
3.   Do you have a favorite playwright?
   August Wilson
4.   Do you prefer writing comedy or drama?
   I like to mash up both and make people feel uncomfortable and question whether it is okay to laugh.
5.   Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered?
   Depends on where I am in process but working in kitchens I like the clean as you go mentality / don’t cross contaminate.
6.   If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
   Breakfast scrambles.  With fresh herbs and toast.
7.   Do you collect anything?
   Sports cards.  Outdoor gear.
8.   What is one of your favorite smells?
   Night-blooming jasmine
9.   What is the best compliment you’ve received?
   I was recently told my meatballs were some of the best a certain person I love ever had and she’s had both Swedish and
   Italian.   Oh and I am told I am an expert in contingencies.
10. Do you like surprises?
   Depends on the surprise.
11. Create your perfect ice cream sundae.
   Bananas foster with vanilla extract cinnamon.  Some roasted walnuts.  Real whipped cream.  And vanilla ice cream.
12. What song always gets you on the dance floor?
   Anything funky or by James Brown.   But also “As” by Stevie Wonder.
13. Do you have a go-to joke?
   Too many.  And none are appropriate to tell.
14. Road trips or planes?
   Road trips.  I know all the roads.

Meet the Playwright- Jennifer Rowland

Get to know playwright Jennifer Rowland, whose play Jamal is one of six being featured in LAB RESULTS 2020.

 

1. What book or play do you reread over and over?
     I reread Death of a Salesman about once a year.
2. What was the first play you wrote?
     I wrote plays with my best friend, Andy Podell, from about 3rd grade on. Not sure I can come up with a title of the first masterpiece. Since my primary purpose was to star in the shows, I made sure the parts were always good for me!
3. Do you have a favorite playwright?
     My favorite playwright tends to change depending on what I’ve seen or read lately that has really moved me. So lately, the top two are August Wilson and Jez Butterworth. But I love Martin McDonagh, Noel Coward, Conor McPhearson, David Grieg, Alan Ayckbourne, Peter Schaffer and Wendy Wasserstein.
4. Do you prefer writing comedy or drama?
     I love writing comedy, but haven’t written one in a while. However, I would say all my plays are bittersweet.
5. Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered?
     I was going to say my workspace was very tidy, but my husband says cluttered, without a doubt. All in the eye of the beholder, I guess.
6. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
     My one meal for the rest of my life would be Linguine alle Vongole. Fresh clams please! and NO cream- I’m a purist.
7. Do you collect anything?
     I don’t think of myself as a collector, but I do have a lot of china. A lot.
8. What is one of your favorite smells?
     My favorite smell is probably the witch hazel at Wawona just as you reach Hill’s Hole.
10. Do you like surprises?
     I hate surprises. Hate hate hate surprises. They are almost never good.
11. Create your perfect ice cream sundae.
     The perfect ice cream sundae was from Blum’s in San Francisco: Vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce that hardened when it hit the cold ice cream and coffee crunch sprinkles from their famous coffee crunch cake. (Blum’s sadly closed a long time ago. Happy fixture of my childhood.)

Meet the Artist – Armin Shimerman

Meet The Artist- Armin Shimerman, Antaeus Company Members, is one of two directors working on our next production, Measure for Measure. Best known by his fans as Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Armin is also an accomplished Shakespearean scholar and teacher. Get to know him better by reading below!

 

1. Where would you move to if you could live anywhere?
If there were no complications with language, medical attention, access to friends: I would be very happy to spend the rest of my life living on Lake Como, Italy. Otherwise, I’m very happy in Los Angeles.

2. What is one food you cannot stand?
Gefilte Fish

3. What do you listen to on your commute?
I constantly listen to the news. Mostly CNN. If not that then Classical music or Broadway tunes.

4. What was the first play you ever did?
Twelve Angry Men

5. Which of Shakespeare’s characters are you most like and why?
I suppose I’m closest to York in Richard II: an old man who tries to mediate between younger stronger people.

6. Where was the coolest place you’ve visited?
Have I mentioned Lake Como? After that, the Chyrotherapy shop in Studio City—very cool.

7. Did you ever have a celebrity crush?
Dale Evans

8. Are you a sports fan?
Not ever! But if chess counts –Bobby Fisher

9. Are you usually early or late?
10. Always early. Was reprimanded once by a good friend for being late. Tried never to do that again. When I am late, its usually Kitty (my wife’s) fault.

11. What skill would you like to master?
Piano and typing

12. What’s your dream role?
The next one offered me

13. What food do you crave?
Vegetable burritos

14. What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
Reading books

15. How do you relax after a long day of work?
Solitaire

16. Which movie world would you want to live in?
Shakespeare in Love

Stage Highlights- 2019

2019 marked a significant turning point in the storied history of Antaeus Theatre Company. We were thrilled to receive seven LA Drama Critics Circle Awards – the most of any theater this year! We also connected with new audiences when our award-winning production of Native Son was selected by Center Theatre Group for an encore run as part of their 2019 Block Party.

Then, this Fall, we achieved an exciting milestone in producing new work developed in our Playwrights Lab, and the response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic.

Antaeus Theatre Company is a unique community where artists illuminate diverse human experiences through performance, training and outreach; an actor-driven theater, rooted in values of creative freedom and artistic excellence; a sanctuary for performers and audiences alike.

Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights from the past year. We share this with you because everything we do is made possible by the generosity of our community, and we want you to feel proud of what you’ve helped us achieve. For a full review of the past year, see the 2019 Annual Report.

 

 

The Little Foxes
2019 LA Drama Critics Circle Winner: Best Revival, Featured Performance (Rob Nagle), Set Design (John Iacovelli), and Best Ensemble

 

 

The Cripple of Inishmaan
“A brilliant revival of an exquisite play… superb cast… do not miss.” — Paul Myrvold, Theatre Notes

 

Native Son
“Razor-sharp focus and clarity from director Andi Chapman and her stellar Antaeus ensemble steer us through wild leaps in time.”  — Philip Brandes, LA Times

 

Diana of Dobson’s
“Abigail Marks more than fills the shoes of Diana with her relentless command of the stage… firecracker of a woman (and a play) to experience.”
 Gil Kaan, Broadway World

 

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
“In sequences of hauntingly beautiful physicality, the ensemble forms the banks of a rippling stream or a treacherous mountain bridge.“ 
— Philip Brandes, LA Times

The Abuelas
A modern tragedy of Shakespearean proportions…bolstered by nuanced performances by the entire cast.” 
— John Lavitt, The Hollywood Times

 

Eight Nights
“CRITIC’S CHOICE…sharply written, expertly performed, and staged with breathtaking emotional impact.”  — Philip Brandes, LA Times

 

 

Whether tackling beloved masterworks with The Little Foxes and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a forgotten classic like Diana of Dobson’s, a fresh adaptation like Native Son, reviving a contemporary hit like The Cripple of Inishmaan, or taking the bold step into production of new work with The Abuelas and Eight Nights, everything we do at Antaeus is designed to demonstrate our core commitment to artistic excellence while providing opportunities for audiences to experience rareexcitingtransformative theater.

“In a word, theatre doesn’t get any better than this.”
 Eric A. Gordon, People’s World

Meet the Artist- Jeanette Farr

Meet Jeanette Farr, playwright of Turning Over, one of six plays being featured in LAB RESULTS 2020.

1.   What book or play do you reread over and over? Anything written by Tennessee Williams; and Our Town by Thornton Wilder which, as with each phase of life, tends to become richer and richer with age, but a good reminder to live every moment. I will always see an August Wilson or Theatre of the Absurd (Beckett) if in production.
2.   What was the first play you wrote? I think I was about 6 years old. I also played the mean old witch and performed it for the neighborhood.
3.   Do you have a favorite playwright? Tennessee Williams. I’ve been told I write a bit like Sam Shepard; I really like Steven Adly Guirgis and am currently exploring Sarah Ruhl, Audrey Cefaly, and our own Stephanie Walker and Jennifer Maisel. 4.   Do you prefer writing comedy or drama? I think there’s a little of both in my writing. As in life. Tragedy plus time equals comedy, they say…
5.   Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered? Pretty much cluttered, but I know where everything is.
6.   If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? I love a good burrito – so much can fit in that tortilla, right?
7.   Do you collect anything? I used to collect frogs. Now I have a soft spot for journals and composition books with interesting covers.
8.   What is one of your favorite smells? Coffee (although I rarely partake) and freshly cut grass
9.   What is the best compliment you’ve received? This one is tough. And tough to receive as I am so humble. I’m learning to simply accept them and say “thank you”.
10. Do you like surprises? Depends. Pleasant ones. Unexpected letters. Theatre is full of surprises (or has the potential, right?)
11. Create your perfect ice cream sundae: Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge (thick and not completely melts everything), toasted almonds, whipped cream and two cherries. Now I want one!
12. What song always gets you on the dance floor? Something funky. Bruno Mars gets me to sing out loud!
13. Do you have a go-to joke? I did, but not appropriate to tell here.
14. Road trips or planes? Road trips! Snacks, music, conversation and you learn so much with the people you are road-tripping with.

Meet the Playwright- Marlow Wyatt

Meet Marlow Wyatt, playwright of SHE, one of six plays in LAB RESULTS 2020.

 

1.   What book/play do you reread over and over? The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

2.   What was the first play you wrote? Percy in Waiting is my first short play I believe, but SHE is my first full-length play.

3.   Do you prefer writing comedy or drama? No preference. I am better at crafting dramas I believe.

4.   Is your workspace pristinely organized or cluttered? I cannot write well in clutter. It blocks my creative energy.

5.   If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Soul food- collard greens, chicken or fried catfish, yams and black-eyed peas, maybe. I just described Bernice’s favorite meal in SHE!

6.   Do you collect anything? Pennies I find on the street or bus and $2 bills.

8.   What is one of your favorite smells? I love, love, love the smell of Palo Santo right now! It balances me.

9.   What is the best compliment you’ve received? My niece (when she was 7 or 8 years old) told me I was a good role model.

10.  Do you like surprises? I am not a fan of surprises. People get upset when you don’t respond the way they feel you should; often, it’s about them.

11. Create your perfect ice cream sundae: It would be simple- 3 scoops of Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Money ice cream with extra chunks of dark chocolate sprinkled on top.

12. What song always gets you on the dance floor? “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars.

13.  Do you have a go-to joke? Yes, it’s a “dumb blond”joke and I think it is HI-LARIOUS! It slays me every time. Some people don’t get it but I tell it mostly for me.

14. Road trips or planes? Planes. I like to get to the destination faster to enjoy it longer.

Meet the Artist- Elizabeth Swain

Actor, director, and teacher Elizabeth Swain, one of two directors of Measure for Measure, has a great celebrity crush story!

 

1. Where would you move to if you could live anywhere?
     – Wales
2. What is one food you cannot stand?
     – Anything with legs
3. What do you listen to on your commute?
     – NPR/Classical music
4. What was the first play you ever did?
     – Hamlet
5. Where was the coolest place you’ve visited?
     – Galapogos
6. Did you ever have a celebrity crush?
     – Louis Jourdain and when I grew up I got to play opposite him!
7. Are you a sports fan?
     – Only tennis
8. Are you usually early or late?
      – On time
9. What skill would you like to master?
     – Ballroom dancing
10. What food do you crave?
     – Potatoes
11. What is your dream role?
     – Hecuba

 

2019 Annual Report Highlights

2019 marked a significant turning point in the storied history of Antaeus Theatre Company.

Everything we were able to accomplish this past year is due to your generosity. In whatever way you gave and in whatever amount, we appreciate that you are part of this community.  You’ve probably heard it before, but it really is true: we could not do our work without you!

We want to share some highlights from the past year so you can see what you helped us to achieve. You can also read the Annual Report for more details about what we’ve accomplished and where we’re headed in the future.

Thank you for helping to make 2019 such an exciting year. We are looking forward to 2020!

We were thrilled to receive seven LA Drama Critics Circle Awards – the most of any theater this year! We also connected with new audiences when our award-winning production of Native Son was selected by Center Theatre Group for an encore run as part of their 2019 Block Party.

As we celebrate the accomplishments of the last 12 months, it’s important to recognize that Antaeus is much more than the award-winning work on our stage. One of the programs we’re most proud of is the Antaeus Odyssey Artists’ Workshop.