Jaimi Paige and Daniel Blinkoff in "Hedda Gabler" at Antaeus Theatre Company in 2016. (Photo by Karianne Flaathen)

Antaeus Theatre Company Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will contain four modern classics, including works by Lillian Hellman, Martin McDonagh, Cicely Hamilton, and Brecht.

GLENDALE, CALIF.: Antaeus Theatre Company has announced its 2018-19 season, which will consist of four modern classics. It will be the second year that Antaeus productions will be presented at the Kiki and David Gindler Performing Arts Center.

“Each of these plays explores themes of lies, truth and deception,” Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup, Rob Nagle, and Kitty Swink said in a joint statement. “Are things what they appear to be? Are people who and what they say they are? What is true and what is false? These questions have never been more pertinent than right now.”

The season will open with The Little Foxes (Oct. 18-Dec. 10) by Lillian Hellman, about a family in a small Alabama town around 1900 as they face changing times and intruding forces that challenge their prominence and authority. Cameron Watson will direct.

Next will be The Cripple of Inishmaan (Jan. 17-March 11, 2019) by Martin McDonagh, about a young man with a disability living in a small Aran Islands community off the western coast of Ireland who tries to escape his reality when a Hollywood film crew arrives in town. Steven Robman will direct.

Following will be Diana of Dobson’s (April 11-June 3, 2019) by Cicely Hamilton, a romantic comedy about an Edwardian shop assistant who escapes a life of drudgery but still finds herself restricted by social and economic structures. Casey Stangl will direct.

Closing out the season will be The Caucasian Chalk Circle (July 5-Aug. 26, 2019) by Bertolt Brecht and translated by Alistair Beaton. It is about a kitchen maid from Georgia who rescues an abandoned baby during the Civil War, and what happens when the baby’s aristocratic mother tries to take him back. Stephanie Shroyer will direct.

Antaeus will also hold productions in its black box space for the first time, which will include a Playwrights Lab reading series and Classic Sundays, a monthly series of staged readings.

Founded in 1991, Antaeus is a cooperative theatre ensemble in Southern California that aims to empower its actors, explore stories with enduring themes, and bring classical theatre to the area.