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
“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… A 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
“A modern tragedy of Shakespearean proportions…bolstered by nuanced performances by the entire cast.”
— John Lavitt, The Hollywood Times
“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 rare, exciting, transformative theater.
“In a word, theatre doesn’t get any better than this.”
— Eric A. Gordon, People’s World