“Being able to present plays that were developed right here in our library is a thrilling prospect,” said co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup and Kitty Swink in a joint statement. “The Playwrights Lab, which meets weekly to help playwrights create new works with our actors reading fresh pages, has become an integral part of our organization. These two plays in particular struck us as being Antaeus shows, having the kind of epic scope, historical sweep, and largeness of theme that is our hallmark.”
The season will open with The Abuelas (Oct. 11-Nov. 25) by Stephanie Alison Walker, about the repercussions of Argentina’s “dirty war.” Andi Chapman will direct.
Running in repertory will be the world premiere of Jennifer Maisel’s Eight Nights (Nov. 8-Dec. 16), about a German Jewish refugee haunted by her past. Emily Chase will direct.
Following will be Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (Feb. 21-April 20, 2020), a dark comedy about the corruption of power and the nature of justice. Ann Noble and Armin Shimerman will co-direct.
The season will conclude with The Time of Your Life (June 26-Aug. 10, 2020), by William Saroyan, about a group of outsiders living in San Francisco in the 1930s. Jennifer Chang will direct.
In addition to the mainstage programming, the company will present Lab Results: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival. The program will feature six plays from the Antaeus Playwrights Lab. Antaeus Theatre Company will also present monthly staged readings with its Class Sundays series.
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.