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“The Play’s The Thing”

A Message From Co-Artistic Director Bill Brochtrup

From our very first production, Anton Chekhov’s The Wood Demon, produced at the Mark Taper Forum in 1994, to our latest offering, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya, exploring and then mounting great shows has been a hallmark of Antaeus.

In 2010, we started programming full seasons. Looking back at these productions — helmed by some of the best directors in Los Angeles, designed by stunningly talented set, costume, lighting, sound, and prop designers, implemented by our superb Technical Director, Adam Meyer, supported by tireless stage managers, dramaturges, choreographers, dialect coaches, violence designers, and musicians, staffed by hard-working box office personnel and the folks in the Office, and starring the superlative actors of our Ensemble, A2 members, Academy actors, Affiliates, and guest artists — fills me with pride.

Let’s raise a glass to Cousin Bette. King Lear. The Autumn Garden. The Malcontent. Peace In Our Time. The Seagull. Macbeth. You Can’t Take It With You. Mrs. Warren’s Profession. The Crucible. The Liar. Top Girls. The Curse Of Oedipus. Wedding Band. Henry IV, Part One. Picnic. Uncle Vanya. How many have you seen?

Perhaps the most important question to ask when curating a season for a company dedicated to the Classics is: “What does this play have to say to us, a modern audience, today?”

We think our 2016 — 2017 slate of productions will resonate and surprise you with timeless insights as we delve into Cloud 9. Hedda Gabler. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. As You Like It. Native Son.

And don’t forget to check out our popular ClassicsFest series of member-initiated readings (starting January 10) to get a sneak peek at possible future productions.

Please join us in our exploration!

– Bill Brochtrup

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