Announcing ClassicsFest 2012: Part Three!

Our third and final installment of ClassicsFest – our play reading festival featuring first looks at projects initiated by company members – begins the week after our mainstage production of You Can’t Take It With You opens in October.  Keep reading for more information on the plays featured in this round!

Oct 28 & 29, 7pm

Saundra McClain

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM by August WILSON
Initiated and Directed by Saundra MCCLAIN

The time is 1927, the place a Chicago recording studio – but the story is much more than music.  Wilson made a name for himself with this exultant blues-inspired exploration of the state of the American soul and what Arthur Miller refers to as “the salesman’s dream.”

Nov 4 & 5, 7pm
UNDER MILK WOOD by Dylan THOMAS
Initiated by Amelia WHITE, Directed by Frank DWYER

Originally written for the BBC in 1954, this dream-like radio play chronicles one day in the life of the imaginary Welsh village of LLareggub.  Thomas’ evocative words introduce his listeners to the colorful townspeople & their delightful stories.

 

Peter Van Norden

Nov 11 & 12, 7pm
DON JUAN IN HELL by George Bernard SHAW
Initiated by Peter Van NORDEN, Directed by Robert MACHRAY

Another brilliant debate from Shaw… this time from Hell itself.  Originally Act III, scene 2 of his play, Man And Superman, this stand-alone piece is most often performed in this four-actor concert version.

 

 

Nov 18 & 19, 7pm
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee WILLIAMS
Initiated and Directed by Apollo DUKAKIS

Generation after generation revisits this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, drawn to its power and moving character study.  This timeless American masterpiece by Tennessee Williams is arguably unrivaled in its depths of humanity, compassion and lyric beauty.

 

Rebekah Tripp

Nov 25 & 26, 7pm
THE FOX , a play by Allan Miller based on the novella by D.H. LAWRENCE
Initiated by Rebekah TRIPP, Directed by Allan MILLER

Is it ever possible for men and women to be equals as well as lovers? In his novella The Fox, D.H. Lawrence wrestled with this very question. With this most primordial of his works, Lawrence digs deep into a searing triangle of two women and a man.

AND A SPECIAL TREAT, FEATURING THE VOCAL STYLINGS OF YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU DIRECTOR, GIGI BERMINGHAM…

December 2 – 17, Suns & Mons @ 7pm
CABARET NOEL , created by Gigi Bermingham & Matthew Goldsby
Directed by Barry Creyton

A musical evening of holiday warmth and hilarity – with an essence of je ne sais quoi.  Come celebrate the holidays in song – in French and English – with both scintillating original tunes by Matthew Goldsby and fresh arrangements of holiday classics.

http://www.antaeus.org for more information
Suggested donation: $10

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