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"Native Son," adapted from Richard Wright's novel by Nambi E. Kelley, at the Court Theatre in Chicago; with Tracey N. Bonner and Jerod Haynes (photo by Michael Brosilow)

Antaeus Theatre Company Announces 2016–17 Season

The North Hollywood–based theatre’s upcoming program focuses on themes of longing and desire.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.: The Antaeus Theatre Company announced the lineup of its 2016–17 season, revealing a program that includes classic works by Ibsen, Williams, and Shakespeare.

“These plays all speak about desperate longings,” said co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup, Rob Nagle, and John Sloan in a statement. “Deep yearnings and dark desires—sometimes buried, sometimes not. They encourage us to examine our shared humanity, to investigate the primal nature within us all—and the longing to break free.”

The season begins with Cloud Nine (opening March 10, 2016), Caryl Churchill’s century-spanning send-up of gender, race, and sexual politics in Great Britain and colonial Africa. Casey Stangl will direct.

Hedda Gabler (opening June 2, 2016) will follow. Steven Robman will direct Ibsen’s study of a young woman tormented by her loveless marriage.

Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (opening Sept. 15, 2016), Antaeus’s first production in its new home in Glendale, is next. Cameron Watson will direct.

A gender-bending production of As You Like It (opening March 2017), directed by Larissa Kokernot, will follow.

Closing off the season is the West Coast premiere of Native Son (opening June 2017), Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel of race, poverty, and systemic injustice. Nataki Garrett will direct.

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