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Antaeus Archive:

2001 Season


February 12 – May 16, 2001

Written by: Honoré de Balzac, Translated by Robert Cornthwaite
Directed by: Dakin Matthews & John Achorn

A conniving businessman who has been living extravagantly makes his way by flagrantly manipulating the stock market through rumor and trickery and simultaneously running the biggest Ponzi scheme of the 19th Century. Concurrently, he attempts to thwart the romantic plans of his daughter and her beloved by making arrangements for her marriage to a man he believes to be a fabulously wealthy Count. But the Count is a penniless man himself.


Recommended for Ages 16+


MERCADET: Dakin Matthews, Mike McShane
THÉRESE: Laura Wernette
VIRGINIE: Sarah Cathcart
JUSTIN: Robert Phelps
GOULARD: John Achorn, John Apicella
JULIE: Tamara Krinsky, Jennifer Gatti
PIERQUIN: Martin Ferrero
PÉRE VIOLETTE: Ralph Drischell
VERDELIN: Geoffrey Wade
MINARD: Scott Allegrucci
MÉRICOURT: Nicholas Saunders, Jason Kuykendall
COUNT DE LA BRIVE: Jonathan Nichols

*member, Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S. This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule

Production Team

Executive Producer: John Apicella
Executive Producer: Dakin Matthews
Costume Design: Dean Cameron
Producer, Set Designer, Technical Director: Terry Evans
Lighting Design: Peter Strauss
Composer: Jan Powell
Stage Manager: Alex Jacobson
Assistant Stage Manager: Katie Morgan
Music: Anne McNaughton

“…delightfully presented…” – Show Guide

“…comes to vivid life in this sumptuous Antaeus Company production.” – Daily News


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