Production History: ClassicsFest

2016/17 Season

Written by: Bertolt Brecht
Directed by: Tony Amendola
January 10, 2016 7:00 pm
January 11, 2016 7:00 pm
Written by: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: John Henry Davis
January 17, 2016 7:00 pm
January 18, 2016 7:00 pm
Written by: Jean Giraudoux
Directed by: Peter Levin
January 24, 2016 7:00 pm
January 25, 2016 7:00 pm
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
January 31, 2016 7:00 pm
February 1, 2016 7:00 pm

2015 Season

Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Written by: Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by: Gregg T. Daniel
July 5, 2015 7:00 pm
July 6, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Philip Barry
Directed by: Chris Fields
July 12, 2015 7:00 pm
July 28, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Devon O’Brien & Clyde Fitch
Directed by: Armin Shimerman
July 19, 2015 7:00 pm
July 20, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Fay Kanin & Michael Kanin, based on the stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Directed by: Jeff Liu
July 26, 2015 7:00 pm
July 27, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Naomi Wallace
Directed by: Amanda McRaven
November 1, 2015 7:00 pm
November 2, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Jon Jory, adapted from Herman Melville
Directed by: Richard Israel
November 8, 2015 7:00 pm
November 9, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Bella Poynton
Directed by: Julia Fletcher
November 15, 2015 7:00 pm
November 28, 2015 7:00 pm
Written by: Kathryn Graf
Directed by: Steven Robman
November 22, 2015 7:00 pm
November 23, 2015 7:00 pm

2014 Season

Written by: Cicely Hamilton
Written by: David Greig
Written by: Anton Chekhov
Written by: Jami Brandli
Written by: William Inge
Written by: Noël Coward
Written by: Dan Castellaneta
Written by: Paul Osborn
Written by: William Shakespeare
Written by: Edward Ravenscroft
Written by: Neil LaBute
Written by: Henrik Ibsen
Written by: Harold Pinter

2013 Season

Written by: Eugene O’Neill
Written by: Eugene O’Neill
Written by: Henrik Ibsen
Written by: Noël Coward
Written by: Eugene O’Neill
Written by: John Osborne
Written by: Edmond Rostand
Written by: William Shakespeare
Written by: Eugene O’Neill
Written by: Jake Broder
Written by: Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Written by: Allan Knee

2012 Season

Written by: Eugene O’Neill
Written by: Thornton Wilder
Written by: Arthur Miller
Written by: Pierre Corneille
Written by: Timberlake Wertenbaker
Written by: Sophocles
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Frank Dwyer
July 22, 2011 8:00 pm
July 23, 2011 8:00 pm
Written by: Caryl Churchill
Directed by: Ann Noble
July 29, 2012 7:00 pm
July 30, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Directed by: Cameron Watson
August 5, 2012 7:00 pm
August 6, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
August 12, 2012 7:00 pm
August 13, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: Alice Childress
Directed by: Gregg Daniel
August 19, 2012 7:00 pm
August 20, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: Frank Galati
Directed by: Stephanie Shroyer
August 26, 2012 7:00 pm
August 27, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: August Wilson
Directed by: Saundra McClain
October 28, 2012 7:00 pm
October 29, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: Dylan Thomas
Directed by: Frank Dwyer
November 4, 2012 7:00 pm
November 5, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Directed by: Robert Machray
November 11, 2012 7:00 pm
November 12, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Apollo Dukakis
November 18, 2012 7:00 pm
November 19, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: Allan Miller, based on a novella by D.H. Lawrence
Directed by: Allan Miller
November 25, 2012 7:00 pm
November 26, 2012 7:00 pm
Written by: Gigi Bermingham and Matthew Goldsby
Directed by: Barry Creyton
December 3, 2012 7:00 pm

2011 Season

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Kristoffer Tabori
July 9, 2011 7:30 pm

Iago, the villain everyone loves to hate , fans the flames of Othello the Moor’s jealousy, and brings about the downfall of those unlucky enough to know him in Shakespeare’s towering tragedy of love, betrayal, and racism.

Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Directed by: Michael Murray
July 13, 2011 8:00 pm
July 14, 2011 8:00 pm

Two tubercular patients, but only one cure. A doctor must decide what is truly important in life, and wether medicine should be a profit-driven business. Written in 1906, Shaw’s prescient comedy speaks to the health care issues of our day.

Written by: Aphra Behn
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
July 17, 2011 2:30 pm
July 17, 2011 7:30 pm

Virgina Woolf: “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn, for it was she that earned them the right to speak their minds.” A restoration comedy about the ridiculous side of love and marriage

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Claudia Weill
July 20, 2011 8:00 pm
July 21, 2011 8:00 pm

“If music be the food of life, play on.” In the most beloved of Shakespeare’s comedies, mythical lllyria is rife with mistaken identities, cross-dressing and a whole lot of romance.

Written by: Aristophanes
Directed by: Dana Friedman
July 23, 2011 8:00 pm
July 24, 2011 2:30 pm

The A2 ensemble romps through Ancient Greece in this bawdy tale of man vs. woman. Can a plunging neckline lay a sailor low?

Written by: Eugene O’Neil
Directed by: Steve Robman
July 27, 2011 7:00 pm
July 28, 2011 7:00 pm

A morning of haze, and evening of fog: it only takes one day for a family to unravel. O’Neil’s semi-autobiographical examination of the miasma of dysfunction and love.

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Louis Fantasia
July 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Shakespeare’s quixotic “lost play” is unearthed! Originally published in the early 18th century, this could be the missing piece that sheds light on the truth of authorship.

Written by: Edward Albee
Directed by: Robin Larsen
July 31, 2011 2:30 pm

The scathingly funny Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the unexpected malaise and fear of the upper middle class.

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Jessica Kubzansky
August 3, 2011 8:00 pm
August 4, 2011 8:00 pm

“Double, double toil and trouble.” In this macabre tale of Scottish legends, witches, and hallucinations, Shakespeare’s most bloodied couple thrash against the rise of their own conscience.

Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Douglas Clayton
August 6, 2011 8:00 pm

Raise a glass to William’s 100th Birthday year with a gala celebration. Spend the afternoon with artists who knew and worked with him, come back for an evening of jazz, some excerpts from his greatest hits – and a birthday cake!

Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Directed by: Michael John Garcés
August 7, 2011 2:30 pm

The girl queen and the crafty politician. Along the Nile, Shaw at his artful best sets up a wily, passionate game of cat and mouse between two formidable titans.

Written by: Terrance Rattigan
Directed by: Cameron Watson
August 7, 2011 7:30 pm

Set on the eve of World War II, the aging hedonist of the Great War stave off the approaching storm with sex and alcohol – and whatever else they can get their hands on – to the chagrin of the prim younger generation.

Written by: Kenneth Cavander
Directed by: Casey Stangl
August 9, 2011 8:00 pm
August 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Kenneth Cavander’s mash up of the Oedipus cycle, drawn from Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The 5 hour, 2 part event is an immersion into the lust, greed and ambition that still plagues modern man.

Written by: Anton Chekhov
Directed by: Jeanie Hackett
August 13, 2011 8:00 pm
August 14, 2011 2:30 pm

Fires, storms, attempted suicides, dancing, and boredom–a collision of comedy and tragedy. A presentation of the third acts of Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, and The Seagull.

Written by: Thornton Wilder
Directed by: William Ludel
August 17, 2011 8:00 pm
August 18, 2011 8:00 pm

“Hello” to that irrepressible Dolly Levi. A 20th century merry chase of mismatched lovers, secret rendezvous, and great big personalities. Wilder’s homespun comedy, both funny and touching.

Written by: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Directed by: Gigi Bermingham
August 21, 2011 2:30 pm

Find out who’s really crazy when a pair of lovebirds bring their mismatched families together in Kaufman and Hart’s madcap 1937 Pulitzer Prize winning comedy.

2010 Season

Written by: Tom Stoppard
Directed by: Andrew Traister
Written by: Euripides
Directed by: Michael Hackett
Written by: Moliere
Directed by: Robert Goldsby
Written by: Noël Coward
Directed by: Jessica Bard
Written by: Lope De Vega
Directed by: Anne McNaughton
Written by: Sean O’Casey
Directed by: Allan Miller
Written by: John Marston
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
Written by: Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by: Gregg T. Daniel
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Armin Shimerman
Written by: Brian Friel
Directed by: Bart DeLorenzo
Written by: Harold Pinter
Directed by: Etta Devine
Written by: Noël Coward
Directed by: Christopher Morrison

2008 Season

Written by: Lillian Hellman
Directed by: Larry Biederman
Written by: Honore de Balzac and Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by: Jeanie Hackett
Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Young Ji
Written by: Moss Hart
Directed by: William Ludel
Written by: Euripides
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
Written by: Eugène Ionesco
Directed by: Theresa Rebeck
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Armin Shimerman
Written by: Alphra Behn
Directed by: Brendon Fox and Jeanie Hackett
Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Francia DiMase
Written by: Harley Granville-Barker
Directed by: Barnet Kellman
Written by: Clare Boothe Luce
Directed by: Robert Goldsby
Written by: George F. Walker
Directed by: Daniel Blinkoff

2006 Season

Written by: Simon Gray
Directed by: Armin Shimerman
April 12, 2020 3:00 pm

Explorer/Reporter Richard Stanley’s West African supply team–left behind as he goes adventuring in the depths of the interior–are commanded by a terrified bureaucrat with a few very bad habits…

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Mark Rucker
August 12, 2006 8:00 pm
August 13, 2006 3:00 pm

A great roman general finds that the political world can be bloodier than any battlefield, in Shakespeare’s brilliantly vivid recreation of Republican politics in early Rome.

Written by: Kenneth Cavander
Directed by: Stefan Novinsky
August 6, 2006 3:00 pm

Famed classics adapter Cavander (“The Greeks”) has combined tales of Aeschelus, Sophocles, and Euripides to tell the story of Agamemnon and his ever-loving family in one glorious evening.

Written by: Jordan Harrison
Directed by: Claudia Weill
August 5, 2006 8:00 pm
August 6, 2006 7:00 pm

Three midwestern couples tossed into a whirlwind of gender confusion. The men play women in a local theatre production, and get so deeply into their roles that their wives have to pick up the slack…

Written by: Matthew Goldsby
Directed by: Angela Paton
August 5, 2006 3:00 pm

A musical adaptation of Moliere’s “George Dandin,” transported to a border town in Texas, where the pursuit of love and the pangs of heartbreak are set to honky-tonk, mariachi, and other styles of the American South.

Written by: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Directed by: Stephanie Shroyer
August 3, 2006 8:00 pm
August 4, 2006 8:00 pm

The helplessness of purity when faced with the all-devouring hunger of lust–Seneca’s retelling of the ancient myth of Hippolytus and and Phaedra.

Written by: Harold Pinter
Directed by: Bart DeLorenzo
August 1, 2006 8:00 pm
August 2, 2006 8:00 pm

Pinter’s ingenious mix of the comical and the disturbing looks at the ultimate emptiness that can accompany old age, and asks what is to be done when there is nothing left to do.

Written by: August Strindberg
Directed by: Stephanie Shroyer
July 29, 2006 3:00 pm
July 30, 2006 7:00 pm

A tragedy of a man and a woman struggling for the possession of their child, and the child must pay the penalty. Strindberg’s unforgiving look at the pitiless battle between the sexes.

Written by: Titus Maccius Plautus
Directed by: Anne McNaughton
July 22, 2006 3:00 pm

Dakin Matthews has crafted a new rhyming verse translation of this wild Roman comedy–the original mistaken identity play and Shakespeare’s source for “The Comedy of Errors”

Written by: Ivan Turgenev
Directed by: Tom Moore
July 20, 2006 8:00 pm
July 21, 2006 8:00 pm

Bored wives, ardent suitors, oblivious husbands–Turgenev’s masterful recreation of Russian rural society and the ties that bind a family together.

Written by: Samuel Beckett
Directed by: .
July 16, 2006 7:00 pm
July 23, 2006 7:00 pm

Beckett’s final work confronts his own impending death–a solo work performed by famed Beckett collaborator Alan Mandell in an unforgettable evening. Also, a few Beckett odds and ends and a special screening.

Written by: Toby Campion
Directed by: Lisa James
July 15, 2006 3:00 pm

An original work–In the moments before his death Playwright Chekhov and Doctor Chekhov grapple with the curiosities of life, love, medicine, and the theatre.

Written by: Oscar Mandel
Directed by: Brendon Fox
July 13, 2006 8:00 pm
July 14, 2006 8:00 pm

Two young lovers tempted by the lure of wealth, sex, power, and drink. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! An effervescently original comedy inspired by Marivaux’s “A Double Inconstancy.”

Written by: The Antaeus Academy Company
Directed by: Nike Doukas, Jeanie Hackett, and Geoffrey Wade
July 11, 2006 8:00 pm
July 12, 2006 8:00 pm

Our Academy Company, some of the finest young classical actors in LA, in great moments of Sophocles’ “Iphigenia” and from Shakespeare’s plays, including “Measure for Measure” and “The Merchant of Venice.”

Written by: Melody Cooper
Directed by: Claudia Weill
July 8, 2006 8:00 pm
July 9, 2006 3:00 pm

Mingling with friends at a military wedding, a Canadian soldier finds himself haunted by the ghosts of murdered Rwandan children and their performance of Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus.”

Written by: Seamus Dever
Directed by: Rick Sparks
July 8, 2006 3:00 pm

Democracy has come to Mother Russia–but one factory manager longs for the good old days and turns his retirement into a last-ditch firefight with the new bosses of capitalism.

Written by: John Whiting
Directed by: Meryl Friedman
July 6, 2006 8:00 pm
July 7, 2006 8:00 pm

Napoleon’s army looms across the channel as the eccentric Bellboys family prepares for an invasion. The delightful comedy explores the foolishness and inevitability of warfare–and of love.

Written by: Edward Albee

2004 Season

Written by: Janet Dulin Jones and Paul Lazarus
Directed by: Paul Lazarus

First public exhibition of a project on which the Antaeus Company and Academy Company have been collaborating the past year. Charles Dickens uncovers a dark conspiracy of arson and murder in the chaotic world that was London in the 1830s. A sprawling epic with 35 actors portraying more than 130 characters.

Written by: Henrik Ibsen, adaption by Ingmar Bergman
Directed by: Jane Fleiss Brogger
Written by: Jonathan Lynn
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn

Writer/film director Lynn’s new play tells the story of French titans Charles de Gaulle and Marshall Petain, and their professional and personal relationship.A fascinating drama of friendship and rivalry between the two giants of the 20th century France, set for it’s world premiere in London this fall.

Written by: William Shakespeare, Esna St. Vincent Millay, Charles Bukowski, Dorothy Parker, Walt Whitman, and many more.
Directed by: Jeanie Hackett
June 4, 2004 10:30 pm
June 5, 2004 10:30 pm

Poems in My Pocket enjoyed a highly successful 3 years run in Los Angeles under the title Rants, Rhymes, and Lies at the Irish Arts Center, beginning in 1996. The show is completely improvisatory and changes every night. Different actors appear in each shoe, and each actor has memorized perhaps 15 to 20 poems (sometimes more!) and, within a thematic progression, they gather onstage to “converse” with each other in poetic language. The order of the poems is never set in advance, so no two shoes are ever the same—actors both rotate and bring in new poems all the time. The actors choose the poems themselves so our poetry cabaret becomes a glorious way for the actor to define and express himself or herself in verse.

Written by: Herman Melville
Directed by: Michael Lilly, Musical Direction by Jan Powell
June 5, 2004 7:30 pm
June 13, 2004 7:30 pm

Bartleby, the Scrivener is one of several explorations we have made into musical theatre short forms, and in particular the connection to the short story form. In Herman Melville’s tale we found an intriguing ambiguity and a surprising amount of humor, and have been please as our audiences respond to those same qualities. Those who haven’t thought of Bartleby since their school days may be surprised at how lively the story is and how modern it remains

Written by: David Mamet
Directed by: Stephanie Shroyer
June 9, 2004 7:30 pm
June 17, 2004 7:30 pm

“My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is peeling down the alley in a black and yellow Ford” — Folk Tune

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Matthew Henerson
June 12, 2004 7:30 pm
June 16, 2004 7:30 pm

This workshop production of “Twelfth Night” grew out of a reading of the play which Antaeus Academy Company did for the Met Theatre’s Shakespeare Marathon in October of 2003. And we didn’t choose the play, the play chose us. One of our members pulled the title from a hat, and we became responsible for the reading this last and most lyrical of Shakespeare’s high comedies. As we looked for a way into the play, we discovered that “Twelfth Night” draws a great Shakespeare’s high comedies. As we looked for a way into the play, we discovered that “Twelfth Night” draws a great deal of emotional and intellectual power from the conflict between love and time .

“What is love? ’Tis not hereafter; Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure. In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come kiss me sweet and twenty; Youth’s a stuff will not endure”

By the end of the play, some of the characters have found love in time, and other’s haven’t. And it’s the imperfections of this world that make “Twelfth Night” resonate so deeply. Like ours, it’s hilarious, poignant, sometimes savage world, and there are many people—Antonios and Malvolios—who lose. But with patience, time, and a little bit of luck, a few also manage to win.

Five stars…Antaeus delivers at the very pinnacle of the art.

Ron Irwin, Examiner.com

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