Giving Tuesday Now!

Today, I’m sure you’ve seen lots of inspiring “Giving Tuesday Now” messages, asking for support during this challenging time. We know there are many worthy causes that need help, and theater might not seem like the most urgent concern in the midst of this world-wide crisis.

But the truth is, this is also an especially difficult time for the performing arts. Live theater is inherently communal – it’s about being together and sharing an experience with your artistic community. During this time of social distancing, while our doors are closed, we aren’t able to gather and there’s no clear answer for when we’ll be able to welcome audiences back. Antaeus is on the cusp of our 30th Anniversary Season, and in what was supposed to be a time of celebration and excitement, we find ourselves with no choice but to watch, wait, and look for the hope in this situation.

Photo by Jenny Graham Photography

It’s in that spirit of hope we’re sharing this message. We hope that our work – our mission – matters to you. We hope Antaeus is a place where you feel welcomed and appreciated. And we hope that, if you can, you’ll help us get through this time of uncertainty, so that we can be ready to welcome you back when this storm has passed.

At a time like this, the support of our community matters more than ever. Every dollar counts, and no gift is too small (or too large)! So please, give what you can on this special Giving Tuesday.Invest in the transformative power of extraordinary live theater, and let us know that you care about the future of Antaeus.

We can’t wait to welcome you back after this unplanned intermission. Until then, stay safe and be well.

Antaeus Test Kitchen: Mint Julep Brownies

The Kentucky Derby may be postponed from its usual May to September, but that does not mean you can’t still celebrate, at-home style. Director of Development Alice Dutton shares her recipe for Mint Julep Brownies, inspired by the official drink of the Kentucky Derby – a mint julep.  

Brownie Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Kentucky bourbon*
  • 3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C chocolate chips
Topping Ingredients
 
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp Kentucky bourbon*
  • 1 tsp mint oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Cut butter into small chunks and place in a microwave safe container. Add sugar and microwave for 1 minute. Whisk eggs separately, then combine with melted butter and sugar. Add vanilla extract, bourbon and oil, and whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift cocoa powder and flour, then add in baking powder, salt and cornstarch, and stir to combine. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, combine with a rubber spatula, and stir for a couple of extra minutes to help the dough develop gluten (to make it extra chewy). Then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Prep an 8-inch metal pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter evenly into the pan, and then (optionally) gently sprinkle an additional tablespoon of sugar across the top to glaze. Place in the oven, and bake for 25-30 minutes, or to your preferred level of done-ness. After removing the brownies, let them cool in the pan for at least an hour before cutting and serving.
  5. For the topping: Add cream, sugar, bourbon and mint oil to a mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer on a medium setting for about 2 minutes, until peaks begin to form. Add the topping to your cut brownies with a spoon or a piping bag, and garnish with a mint leaf. Enjoy!
 
* If you’re sharing these brownies with kids, or anyone avoiding alcohol, you can skip the bourbon and leave the rest of the recipe unchanged. PSA: Alcohol doesn’t fully cook out of baked goods unless you bake them for hours! So even without the topping, these brownies still contain alcohol when they come out of the oven.
 
+ Mint Julep Brownie recipe is a modified version of: https://www.handletheheat.com/chewy-brownies/

How Antaeus Are You?

Are you an Antaeus Amateur or Ace? Find out by adding up all of the following you have done and see your score below!

1- 5: Antaeus Amateur

“Well met, well met!” Seems like you’re new around here. Maybe you’ve only seen one show or maybe a friend just told you about us. Don’t worry, we’ll show you the ropes.

5 – 10: Antaeus Aficionado

You’ve seen a couple shows, are familiar with who our actors are. We can tell you want to be more involved, but sometimes other things in life get in the way. But, as “faithful friends are hard to find,” we are glad to have you!

10 – 15: Antaeus Acolyte

You are dedicated. You seen a variety of performances here and are familiar with our actors; maybe you’ve even taken a class. There’s always room for growth, but you are a true fan.

15 – 19: Antaeus Authority

You have been involved with Antaeus at least since we’ve moved to Glendale. We can tell you’re into us. And, hey- the feeling is mutual.

All 20: Antaeus Ace

You know everything about Antaeus since our founding in 1991, and your family is getting worried you spend more time with us than with them. That’s okay: we’ll be your new family!

LADCC Award Winners – 2020

Congratulations to the cast and creative team of The Caucasian Chalk Circle for winning three awards from this year’s LA Drama Critics Circle Awards!

  • McCulloh Award for Revival 
  • Lead Performance: Steve Hofvendahl
  • Direction: Stephanie Shroyer

Shoutout to those Antaeans who won for work at other theaters:

  • Lead Performance: Rob Nagle (The Judas Kiss – Boston Court Pasadena)
  • Ensemble Performance: Harry Groener (Indecent – Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre)

See the full list here.

Til We’re Together Again – A Message from Artistic Director Kitty Swink

Less than a month ago, Bill and I were in our last casting session for The Time of Your Life, when we had to excuse ourselves to join Ana Rose on a conference call with the Executive Committee.  A few minutes later we walked out knowing that when we left that night we would be closing the doors on an extraordinary production of Measure for Measure, a Classic Sundays reading that weekend, and a host of classes and meetings. Things where people met to make and view art, gather with their friends and make new ones.  And though we knew we would open again, we didn’t know exactly when that “when” would be.

Covid-19 has done much to upend the world.  I am daily reminded about the tragedies it has wrought and the tender mercies it has delivered from grocery clerks, nurses, doctors, firemen, neighbors shopping for someone less able, and friends, both old and new reaching out to make connections.

Humans, Aristotle believed, were social animals. To fulfill their nature as humans, they have to gather and participate in group activities. And Antaeus is nothing if not a “group activity.” It is a place to laugh and cry and think and grow…together. I find myself talking to Antaeans everyday, now. By that I don’t mean just the actors or staff members, but the audience members and the students, reviewers even. People who came to see a play once and found me on social media. People whom I have known and worked with for thirty years. It is the connection we seek. The way to make sense of the world in an uncertain time that we crave. It is the need to make ourselves truly human.  Whether that “humanness” we find is great tragedy or deep silliness. At the end of this, I think we will know one too intimately and need the other one…a lot.

So to all of you I have spoken to in the last few weeks: Thank you for reminding me that home is more than the house or apartment we live in. It is also a place where we come together. A place where our family is one we have created. I have worked in many theaters in my sixty five years and I have enjoyed almost all of them. But Antaeus is different. Our audiences are as much a part of us as the actors on the stage.  

And to all of you I haven’t spoken to recently, I hope we talk soon.  Whether from my home now or in our home when Antaeus opens its doors again.
And I am really looking forward to a few hugs.  

So stay safe and healthy at home. I’ll see you on the other side: before a reading, during an intermission, on the way into a class.

We will be back.  And we look forward to having you with us.

Kitty Swink
Artistic Director

A Note from Artistic Director Bill Brochtrup

Wanna know my favorite thing about Antaeus Theatre Company?

In addition to the timely and timeless work we put on the stage … it’s the community that we’ve created here.

And that’s never been more important than in these unprecedented times.

So, I remember going to a birthday party for one of our members.  As I looked around the room I saw that the celebration literally included people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.  And the thing is, everyone was there as peers, as colleagues, as friends and family, sharing a toast and a kind word.

Peace in Our Time by Steven Brand – 2011

I love that Antaeus is made up of artists, audience members, staff, and donors who all share a common love for great stories told in an intimate manner.  At any given time our space is filled with a wide variety of folks — it might be actors in our Academy mixing with an experienced stage veteran in the black box discussing Shakespeare’s rhetoric; a playwright from our Lab might be putting the finishing touches on a scene for a new classic; the staff setting up the library for one of our special donor events; or the talented cast of an upcoming show getting notes from their director in the dressing room, while the crew sets the stage for the evening’s performance.  

Picnic by Karianne Flaathen – 2015

You know, when we were building our new home in Glendale my biggest fear was that it would sit empty… as it turns out Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center is jammed packed with people and activity from morning until very late at night, full of like-minded individuals who have joined together to create an artistic home here.  And although the building itself may be quiet for the next bit of time, the community that we’ve built is carrying on.  

Please stay safe and healthy during this time, and we’ll be back together again — in person — as soon as we can be — sharing stories, art, and good cheer once again.

Bill Brochtrup

Artistic Director

Finding Hope: A Message from Executive Director Ana Rose O’Halloran

Since we first heard about COVID-19 a few weeks ago, I have gone through a range of emotions about this pandemic. You probably have experienced some, or all, of them too – anxiety, anger, depression, confusion, etc. I’ve been seeing the announcements about other arts organizations that I know and love, cancelling their shows and laying off or furloughing large percentages of their staff. It’s been heartbreaking to think about the long-term impact this will have on the performing arts ecosystem.

Instead of retreating into a feeling of despair, I’ve been trying to focus my energy on finding hope in this situation. I’ve found comfort in thinking about what our future could look like once this has passed – both for the performing arts field and our society at-large. I’ve sought out articles that share different perspectives about the positive things that can come out of this collective experience. It has also made me think more deeply about what Antaeus’s role will be in shaping this new, different future. Ultimately, I see a future where our work at Antaeus will be even more vital when this is over.

Antaeus has always been a place where people can come together  – the antidote to social distancing. We explore human experiences together – the antidote to the xenophobia and inequalities that have intensified during the pandemic. We have an incredibly talented group of artists who share inspiring stories with our audiences, and as we know great art heals. And, we will definitely need to heal together after this is over. Then, we will continue to use our productions to shine a mirror on our society and allow our community to ask, “Are we the best version of ourselves yet?”

As we head into our 30th anniversary starting in September, we continue to be so grateful to the incredible family of artists and audiences that believe in this wonderful community that we have created. Over the past few weeks, we’ve received such nice messages from many of you sharing why Antaeus is important to you and telling us that you can’t wait to get back to the theater. We can’t wait either! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

At Antaeus, we have always met challenges with creativity, and I know we will do it again. Until we can gather again, please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Ana Rose O’Halloran

Executive Director

When The Show Can’t Go On – A Special Fundraising Appeal

As we all go through this strange and challenging time together, please know that we’re thinking of you. This crisis is hitting everyone differently. We know many in our community are facing untold struggles with both health and finances. For all our sakes, we hope things get back to normal soon. We’re all in this together.

For those of you who can, we ask you to consider helping Antaeus get through this uncertain time. “Social distancing” while necessary, has been devastating for theaters. Closing your doors and cancelling performances when you still have bills to pay is not an easy thing. And it’s especially hard for small organizations, like ours, without an endowment to fall back on in an emergency.

So, please enjoy this video message from the cast of Measure for Measure. And if you can, make a gift to help ensure we’re ready to open our doors again when this storm has finally passed.

Stay safe; stay healthy! We’ll see you soon.

 

Irish Brown Bread

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Artistic Director Kitty Swink shares her recipe for Irish Brown Bread. A fairly simple recipe, it’s the added stout that creates the rich color and taste (of course)!
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 C Bread Flour
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp oat bran
  • 1 rounded tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp dry yeast
  • 3/4 C stout beer
  • 3/4 C well-shaken buttermilk
Directions: 
  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Add in stout, buttermilk. Mix well.
  • Cover bowl with a tea towel and let sit 12 to 18 hours in a non drafty place.
  • Flour a work surface and turn out dough. No need to knead, turn it once or twice. Dust the tea towel with flour and wrap it loosely around the dough. Let rise 1 to 2 hours.
  • Half hour before the end of the second rise, preheat oven to 475° with a rack in the bottom 1/3 of oven. Place a 4 – 5 quart heavy lidded pot in oven while preheating.
  • After 30 minutes,  flip the dough into the heated pot, put the lid on and bake for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the lid and allow the bread to bake uncovered an additional 10 – 15 minutes to form a browned crust.
  • Turn bread out into a rack to cool before serving. If you don’t plan to eat it right away, leave the loaf whole (no cuts or rips) to leave it moist.

 

Enjoy with butter, Irish cheddar, or any other topping!

Sláinte mhaith!

Health & Safety

5.28.20 Update
Our building continues to be closed through July 31, 2020. Our upcoming Classic Sundays readings of A Doll’s House and Pygmalion have been postponed.  Please feel free to contact us at tickets@antaeus.org if you have any questions and continue to check our website and social media for updates.
5.1.20 Update
Our building continues to be closed through May 15, 2020. Our upcoming Classic Sundays reading of Othello has been cancelled. We have also decided to postpone our production of The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan, the final production of the 2019/20 Season. It will be presented as part of our 2020/21 30th Anniversary Season. Please feel free to contact us at tickets@antaeus.org if you have any questions and continue to check our website and social media for updates.
4.16.20 Update
We have canceled all programming in our space through May 15, 2020 which includes our Classic Sundays reading of The Merchant of Venice. Please check back for more updates and feel free to contact us at tickets@antaeus.org if you have any questions. Please stay healthy and safe!
3.12.20 Update
Dear Antaeus family,

We have been vigilantly monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation. After discussing the safety of our artists and audiences, we have made the incredibly hard decision to cancel all remaining performances of Measure for Measure, our Classic Sundays reading of The Roaring Girl, and to suspend all activities in our building until the end of March. Based on the directive of the California Department of Public Health and a mandate from the County of Los Angeles, effective today, March 12, we want to do our part to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and take this step to safeguard our community. Please feel free to contact us at tickets@antaeus.org if you have any questions.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep you updated as we have new information. We are so grateful to have you in our family and for your ongoing support. Please stay safe and we look forward to having you back at Antaeus soon!

Sincerely,

Ana Rose O’Halloran
Executive Director
Antaeus Theatre Company