Double Casting: the coin has been flipped!

History of Double Casting at Antaeus

Antaeus’ system of double casting first evolved in our ensemble company as a way to solve the LA actors’ problem: how to commit to stage work while continuing to make a living in the film/television industry.

In attempting to solve this practical problem unique to Los Angeles actors, along the way we discovered a bonus. Double casting became an invaluable tool as an ensemble building technique. Actors sharing a role became collaborators, and have a rare opportunity to see a different take on a role in the course of the rehearsal process.

There is no ‘A’ or ‘B’ cast, the casts are ‘named’ according to something related to the play, with COUSIN BETTE, the names of the two families. During rehearsal, eventually two ‘teams’ of casts emerge: the director may deside which individual actors he or she feels play best with each other, or each cast member flips a coin to determine which ‘team’ they will be a part of.

Double-casting is enormously helpful, because it teaches me to step back from my deeply personal feelings about my role, and understand my character’s function in the entirety of the play, in the over-all story-telling.”

– Emily Chase

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Cousin Bette Cast Announcements!

HULOTS

Agent Cylan Brown

Hector Hulot Barry Creyton

Old Fischer Paul Eiding

Valerie Marneffe Dana Green

Celestine Katherine Leigh

Steinbock Henri Lubatti

Crevel Micheal McShane

Hortense Hulot Kellie Matteson

Doctor/Minister Mark Moore

Marshal Hulot Joseph Ruskin

Josepha Adeye Sahran

DeMontes David St. Louis

Marneffe/Victor Jeremy Shouldis

Adeline Hulot Laura Wernette

Bette Fischer Alicia Wollerton

Adeline’s Maid Nicol Zanzarella-Giacalone


Alicia Wollerton and Micheal McShane; Photo by Alexandra Goodman

The HULOTS cast will be performing on the following dates: January 23rd (preview) , 26th (preview), and 30th(preview);  February 5th (preview), 7th, 11th, 13th, 19th, 21st, 25th, and 27th;  March 5th, 7th, 11th, 13th, 19th, and 21st

*Individuals subject to availability

FISCHERS

Crevel Tony Amendola

Steinbock Daniel Bess

Marneffe/Victor Bill Brochtrup

Adeline Hulot Emily Chase

Valerie Marneffe Jen Dede

Bette Fischer Nike Doukas

Celestine Alexandra Goodman

Doctor/Minister Aaron Lyons

Adeline’s Maid Jill Maglione

Hortense Hulot Rebecca Mozo

Marshal Hulot Robert Pine

Hector Hulot John Prosky

Josepha Janan Raouf

DeMontes Mirron Willis

Agent Benny Wills

Old Fisher Paul Willson

Nike Doukas, Tony Amendola & Janan Raouf in COUSIN BETTE: Photo by Michele K. Short

The FISCHERS cast will be performing on the following date: January 24th (preview), 29th (preview), 31st (preview); February 4th (preview), 6th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 20th, 26th, 28th; March 4th, 6th, 12th, 14th, 18th, and 20th

*Individuals subject to availability

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