THE YOUNG IDEA: A Noel Coward Weekend Extravaganze – June 26-28, 2009

What a swell weekend we’re planning for those who love Coward — and who doesn’t?!? Please join us for one or more of these special events!

With the generous support of the The Noël Coward Foundation, Antaeus presents a weekend of events celebrating the master writer in all of his manifestations! Drawing on the title of an early Coward play, dozens of young, upcoming professional actors perform staged readings of some of Coward’s most fascinating, lesser-known work; brought to life by young directors, all mentored by noted, seasoned professionals. Plus, we have workshops on the life and style of Coward. See below for a detailed schedule.

$10.00 suggested donation for each event. Audience members between the ages of 16 – 25 are FREE! 40 seats will be held every night for Young Adult Audiences. Space is VERY limited–make your reservations NOW by emailing events@antaeus.org. All events take place at Antaeus at Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

xoxo US at Antaeus
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FRIDAY, JUNE 26

6-7pm
“NOEL COWARD: THE MAN” Roundtable
Who was Noel Coward and why are we drawn to him? Moderated by Kathy Williams,
the West Coast Liason to the Noel Coward Society
Where: Antaeus Library

7:30pm
HAY FEVER Reading
**Reading followed by reception
Director: Douglas Clayton
Mentor: Jonathan Lynn
Cast: Christina Pickles, Robert Pine, Brooke Bastinelli, Etta Divine, Gabe Diani, Drew Doyle, Whitney Hudson, Annie Melchor, Adam Meyer & Adeye Sahran

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

11:30am
AH, SAMOLO Reading
An adaptation of Coward’s novel POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
Written By K.M. Williams, Directed By Elizabeth Swain
With Rhonda Aldrich, Antonio Anagaran, Ben Chang, Mark Deklin, Whitney Hudson, Antonio Jaramillo, Lynn Milgrim, Maggie Peach, Ned Schmidtke, Janellen Steininger, Joel Swetow, Kitty Swink, Reba Thomas & Laura Wernette.

3:00 – 6:00pm
“ACTING A NOEL COWARD SONG”
An Interactive Workshop for singers and non-singers to learn how to act a Noel Coward song.
Taught by Harry Groener and Nike Doukas
Reservations required – limited spots available!

6:00pm
Exhibit: “NOEL COWARD: THE SPY”
During WWII, London asked much of its countrymen–how much did Coward give?
Location: Antaeus Library

7:30
PEACE IN OUR TIME Reading
**U.S. Premiere!
Complacency or freedom: Which would you choose?
Noël Coward’s one and only anti-war propaganda play
**Reading followed by reception
Director: Jessica Bard
Mentor: Barry Creyton
Cast: Josh Clark, Lily Knight, Melinda Peterson, Phil Proctor, Janellen Steininger, Josh Ansley, Eric Bloom, Kendra Chell, Brett Colbeth, Etta Devine, Danielle Doyen, Drew Doyle, Karianne Flaathen, Jeff Gardner, Alexandra Goodman, Aaron Lyons, Kellie Matteson, Mark Moore & John O’Brien.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

3:30 – 4:30pm
Roundtable: “NOEL COWARD: THE PLAYWRIGHT”
Antaeus actors come together for a exchange of ideas on Coward’s themes, world-view, and acting style.

5:00pm
EASY VIRTUE Reading
One woman’s fight against the rigid moralities of her time.
**Reading followed by reception

Director: Kari Hayter
Mentor: Art Manke
Cast: Rhonda Aldrich, Ned Schmidtke, Brett Colbeth, Joe Delafield, Wyatt Fenner, Karianne Flaathen, Amy Hendrickson, Raleigh Holmes, Aaron Lyons, John O’Brien, Jason Thomas, Jocelyn Towne, Rebekah Tripp & Nicol Zanzarella –Giacalone.

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