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30th Anniversary Poster: Tonight at 8:30

Tonight at 8:30 was an ambitious and elegant affair at Antaeus, when we produced ten of Noël Coward's one-acts over two evenings in 2007.

Sophistication, wit, music and elegance, champagne and dancing … everything you’d expect from Noël Coward. Written as a vehicle for Coward’s own acting talents alongside his frequent stage partner Gertrude Lawrence, Tonight at 8:30 is Coward’s ambitious series of ten one-act plays which saw him breathe new life into the one-act form. First performed in London in 1936, the plays perfectly showcase Coward’s talents as a playwright, providing a sparkling, fast-paced and remarkably varied selection of theatrical gem.

Remembering: Tonight at 8:30

  • “Unlike the single three-piece subsets in which the works are typically revived, this undertaking spans two evenings … more than 40 actors appear in the cycle, most in multiple roles. … insightful handling of overall tone, pacing and emotional impact.” —Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times
  • “Critic’s Pick … A masterful remounting — a logistic and aesthetic marvel — of a neglected work. It’s a joy to see the company’s versatile thespians savor multiple delicious roles. … Antaeus does itself proud with this artful and thoroughly captivating repertory series.” —Les Spindle, Backstage
  • “It takes a troupe with a deep appreciation of theatrical history and no lack of ambition to do the show justice, and the Antaeus Company has stepped up with an outstanding production.”—Terry Morgan on “Part I – If Love Were All,” Daily Variety
  • “Four directors elicit superb work from an (double-cast) excellent ensemble … perfect pacing and lively staging.” —Terry Morgan on “Part II – Come the Wild,” Daily Variety

About the Artist

Haes muri Lee

Haes pursued art education while she was working as a retail graphic designer in San Diego. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2014. 

Since then, she has been working as a freelance illustrator and designer based in Los Angeles, California. She is working for a diverse mix of business and individual clients on a whole range of projects including picture book, album art, and promotional print collaterals. She was featured in 3×3 Magazine, Kaltbult Magazine, Society 6 Newsletter,  and her works appeared at Gallery Nucleus, Nous Tous, La Luz de Jesus and Gallery 30. Her focus is to create mood and evoke emotions through her imagery.

Check out Haes muri Lee’s work online:
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Creating the Poster:

As this particular play has multiple chapters each with their own independent stories, I focused to capture the mood and visualize emotions rather than illustrate in narrative. I took the 1930s Art Deco aesthetics with sophisticated yet simple approach.

|   Featuring:
Rhonda Aldrich, John Prosky   |
Photographer: Michele K Short

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