The Antaeus Cabaret Soirée

In honor of our upcoming production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, we are excited to announce our next Antaeus music night, The Antaeus Cabaret Soirée on Saturday, September 30th at 8pm. We have an incredible mélange of artists, including French musical acts, clowns, improv, and of course Paul Baird on the Accordion.

Oh, and as usual, FREE BEER! Come, bring friends, get toasty, and enjoy.

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Together, We Have Come So Far

Thanks to you, this past year has been one for the books at Antaeus!

This time last year, we had just moved out of our space in North Hollywood while construction on our new theater was underway in Downtown Glendale. Then in March of this year, we were able to move into our new, permanent home, the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center - something that we had been dreaming of for a long time.

Together, since then we have accomplished so much:

Unveiling our new home with a free, four-day open house welcoming over 500 community members through our doors
Exploring two incredible productions - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and As You Like It - that allowed our artists and audiences to be healed, entertained, and inspired by the power of live theater
Hosting local high school students for a Classical Monologue Competition where they received one-on-one coaching from the best professional actors Los Angeles has to offer
Having the largest turnout in Antaeus' history for the Antaeus Odyssey Artists Workshop culmination, our flagship arts education program

And, we've got even more planned for the coming year - increasing from three to four productions in our season, continuing to create a community for artists through our Academy classes, searching for the next great play in our Playwrights Lab, and encouraging more at-risk youth to share their voice through our arts education programs.

Our fiscal year ends tomorrow, August 31. Please consider making a donation so that Antaeus can continue our important work next year. If you have already donated, thank you for believing in the work we do both on and off our stages.

Looking forward to seeing you at our theater in the next season!

Sincerely,

Ana Rose O'Halloran
Executive Director

I Have Found My Artistic Home

I’ve been in Los Angeles for 10 years, working whatever day jobs I could get, while struggling to pursue my passion for great stories — stories that matter, that resonate. But, Los Angeles is not always the easiest place to grow as an artist while also trying to survive (let alone thrive) as a human being. I had been at a desk doing work irrelevant to my passions, my spark of creativity fizzling, and then… I found Antaeus.

In Fall 2016, I took my first two Academy classes — Shakespeare with Elizabeth Swain and Shaw with Armin Shimerman. I could not believe that had found: teachers whose striking passion, intellect, and experience were offered up so lovingly and precisely; students, whose experience and commitment were simply inspiring. I had found a place to grow creatively, both in ways that I had always wanted, and ways that I had never expected. My spark had suddenly caught, and quickly grew into a blaze. In the months since, I’ve taken five more Academy classes.

But, my love for Antaeus is by no means limited to the Academy. The staff is as kind as they are committed and hardworking, the productions are pristine, the membership is a stable of devastating talent, and the outreach is inspirational. I was fortunate enough to attend the Odyssey Artists’ Workshop presentation, where I was reminded that Antaeus isn’t just a place where mindful artists go to connect and explore the classics. It is an organization that understands and employs the most critical function of great storytelling — to inspire positive personal, and thereby, social change. Then, on top of everything else, I was cast as Charles the Wrestler and William in the current production of As You Like It.

There aren’t words of sufficient quality or quantity to accurately describe what this company has come to mean to me, so I will summarize simply: I have found my artistic home. I hope you will consider making a donation to Antaeus so that others might find themselves as renewed and inspired as I have by this incredible company and its critical mission. Thank you, and I hope to see you at the theater soon.

Ben Atkinson

Antaeus Draws Theater Aficionados to Downtown Glendale

My husband and I became serious Antaeus fans after attending a performance of “Peace in Our Time” in 2011. This relatively unknown and rarely produced play by Nöel Coward was thought-provoking and engaging and, above all, highlighted what we have come to realize are the best qualities of Antaeus Theatre Company – uniformly excellent acting from a large-ensemble cast, beautiful sets and costume designs, and careful attention to detail, be it the inclusion of period music or the proper English accent of each character. Since then, we have been regular members of the audience and have never been disappointed.

Imagine our joy, then, to learn that Antaeus was moving to Glendale! In our two decades of living, working and volunteering in the Glendale community it is clear that the cultural scene here is improving, but only slowly. The addition of Antaeus to the cultural mix is an opportunity to place Glendale firmly on the map as more than just a shopping destination. People drawn to Antaeus performances from all over the Los Angeles area will now experience the vibrancy of downtown Glendale, many for the first time. Glendale residents young and old now have theater at their front door.

Antaeus Theatre Company in Glendale is good for us all. I hope that you will join me in making a gift to Antaeus so we can continue to bring the very best theater to the community for many years to come. See you at the theater!

Debra Thompson
Antaeus Board Member

The Magic of a Large Ensemble in an Intimate Space

Photo Credit: Facet Photography

When one and two person shows seem to dominate the theatrical landscape these days, there’s something undeniably thrilling about seeing a big ensemble of talented actors take on large-cast plays that fill up the theater.

When throngs of Greeks circled our stage to the beat of the drums during the first moment of The Curse Of Oedipus, the excitement was palpable. When denizens of the British pub besieged by the Nazis burst into “London Pride” during the finale of Peace In Our Time, audiences leapt to their feet. And when our cast of lovers, clowns, and melancholics escape to the Forest of Arden in our current production of As You Like It, we hope you’ll again be swept away by the singular power of an Antaeus production.

At Antaeus, our commitment to these epic tales is doubled in size by our signature “partner casting.” Instead of just one actor in each role, we cast two equally talented and unique performers. When two actors inhabit the same role with sometimes very different choices, the text — and the entire show — can be illuminated in a fascinating way, and the power of our actors is revealed. And our audiences have the opportunity to witness this magic with an intimate, up-close view.

We’ve noticed that substantial casts in full-bodied productions of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Coward, Miller, Inge — and newer works, too — are becoming more and more rare. If you love theatrical ensemble work as much as we do, please click here to make a donation to Antaeus before our fiscal year ends on August 31.

It is only through your support that we are able to keep bringing these large-cast productions to our stages, reminding us all what the theater was and can still be. Please join us and celebrate our love of big stories, as told by the strongest bench of actors we know!

Sincerely,

Bill, John & Rob
Artistic Directors

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.