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: 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

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2013 Season

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2012 Season

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: 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: 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.

2010 Season

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2008 Season

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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: 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.”

2004 Season

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,

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