This Summer: ClassicsFest 2013 Part Two!

This summer, take a little break from the Salem witch trials.  Antaeus presents to you staged readings on all sorts of topics: angry young men, assassination, architecture, megalomania, idealism… and extremely large noses.  Join us for ClassicsFest Part Two!

Bess_DanielJun 23 & 24*, 7pm
LOOK BACK IN ANGER by John Osborne
Initiated by Daniel Bess & Linda Park, Directed by Jamie Wollrab

Park_LindaLook Back in Anger, written by John Osborne, first premiered at London’s Royal Court in 1956, where it was met with harsh criticism for its incendiary treatment of highly autobiographical material. According to Alan Stilltoe – another writer of the time – “John Osbourne didn’t contribute to British Theatre, he set up a landmine and blew it up.”  The piece, which gifted us with the moniker “angry young man,” still resonates today with its dissection of that ineffable longing to be loved.

*6pm Potluck Supper before the Monday performance.  In the Antaeus library. $15 donation or bring a dish!

Nagle_Rob 2013Jun 30 & July 1, 7p
Initiated by Rob Nagle, Directed by Darin Anthony

1866. Broadway. Edwin Booth, the greatest actor of the nineteenth century, prepares to take the stage as Hamlet, less than a year after his brother assassinated President Lincoln.  This brand new play from the mind of playwright Jake Broder begs the question: for the past century and a half, have we been blaming the wrong brother?

ERB_Nicole 2012July 7 & 8, 7pm
by Henrik Ibsen
Initiated by Nicole Erb & Elizabeth Swain, Directed by Elizabeth Swain

Swain_ElizabethHenrik Ibsen’s tale of ambition, madness and desire.  At the height of architect Halvard Solness’ power and success, a mysterious young woman appears, forcing him to face both the consequences of his quest for greatness and his growing fear that his creative powers are dwindling. Since its publication in 1892, some have argued that this is Ibsen’s most autobiographical play. Some insist it is merely a psychological study of one man’s rise to and fall from power. Join us for a reading of this extraordinary work and decide for yourself.

Cullum_JD_July 14 & 15, 7pm
CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand, adapted by Emily Frankel
Initiated by JD Cullum, Directed by Robert Goldsby

Cyrano is a disappointed idealist. Dealt an unlucky hand in the nose department, he’s like a traumatized teenager who “just can’t deal.” Cyrano is also a figure of outsized proportions:  an intrepid warrior, an impromptu poet and an altruist… but with a tragic failing.  In a lean adaptation by playwright Emily Frankel, performed by a cast of sixteen, the fate of this extraordinary man is written in his own words: “The nose is the man… is Cyrano!” for more information
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