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2011 Season

Main Season Productions

Written by: John Marston
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
April 28 – June 29, 2011

Marston’s viciously funny Jacobean masterpiece. The true Duke of Genoa has lost his throne to the usurper Pietro. The Duke returns to court the disguise of Malevole: a professional cynic who castigates the corruptions of the greedy, sex-mad, politically fickle court, to regain his rightful office (and his wife!) Resonating with echoes of Measure for Measure and Hamlet, Marston’s tragicomedy is a fabulous study of intrigue, lust and betrayal.

Written by: Noël Coward, Adaptation by Barry Creyton
Directed by: Casey Stangl
October 13 – December 18, 2011

This mind-bending play, written by a master playwright at his devilish best, poses a most intriguing and terrifying question – What if the Nazis had won the Battle of Britain? Written in 1946, the play takes place in a South London pub with a diverse cast of characters – writers, artists, young members of the resistance, working-class Brits and of course, officers of the Third Reich. It presents a curious and fascinating look at London in the 1940s.

Antaeus Theatre Company is proud to present the U.S. premiere of a new adaptation of Noël Coward’s Peace in Our Time by ensemble member Barry Creyton, who has inventively woven some of the playwright’s brilliant patriotic war songs and some of his lesser known ballads into the play. These distinctive ditties with his incisive and wickedly ironic lyrics give the piece an authentically “British” sensibility which seems to capture even more fully “the intrinsic character of a nation” to which Coward referred. With the full support of the Noël Coward Foundation, Antaeus has been developing this piece for the last two years and is proud to present a full production, double cast, as is Antaeus’ long-followed practice, making a full company of 46 actors!

Peace in Our Time is wonderfully funny, yet darkly thought provoking. Given the current state of world events, the production asks the same question of us now that it did originally: Will there ever be peace in our time?


Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Kristoffer Tabori
July 9, 2011 7:30 pm

Iago, the villain everyone loves to hate , fans the flames of Othello the Moor’s jealousy, and brings about the downfall of those unlucky enough to know him in Shakespeare’s towering tragedy of love, betrayal, and racism.

Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Directed by: Michael Murray
July 13, 2011 8:00 pm
July 14, 2011 8:00 pm

Two tubercular patients, but only one cure. A doctor must decide what is truly important in life, and wether medicine should be a profit-driven business. Written in 1906, Shaw’s prescient comedy speaks to the health care issues of our day.

Written by: Aphra Behn
Directed by: Elizabeth Swain
July 17, 2011 2:30 pm
July 17, 2011 7:30 pm

Virgina Woolf: “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn, for it was she that earned them the right to speak their minds.” A restoration comedy about the ridiculous side of love and marriage

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Claudia Weill
July 20, 2011 8:00 pm
July 21, 2011 8:00 pm

“If music be the food of life, play on.” In the most beloved of Shakespeare’s comedies, mythical lllyria is rife with mistaken identities, cross-dressing and a whole lot of romance.

Written by: Aristophanes
Directed by: Dana Friedman
July 23, 2011 8:00 pm
July 24, 2011 2:30 pm

The A2 ensemble romps through Ancient Greece in this bawdy tale of man vs. woman. Can a plunging neckline lay a sailor low?

Written by: Eugene O’Neil
Directed by: Steve Robman
July 27, 2011 7:00 pm
July 28, 2011 7:00 pm

A morning of haze, and evening of fog: it only takes one day for a family to unravel. O’Neil’s semi-autobiographical examination of the miasma of dysfunction and love.

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Louis Fantasia
July 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Shakespeare’s quixotic “lost play” is unearthed! Originally published in the early 18th century, this could be the missing piece that sheds light on the truth of authorship.

Written by: Edward Albee
Directed by: Robin Larsen
July 31, 2011 2:30 pm

The scathingly funny Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the unexpected malaise and fear of the upper middle class.

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Jessica Kubzansky
August 3, 2011 8:00 pm
August 4, 2011 8:00 pm

“Double, double toil and trouble.” In this macabre tale of Scottish legends, witches, and hallucinations, Shakespeare’s most bloodied couple thrash against the rise of their own conscience.

Written by: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Douglas Clayton
August 6, 2011 8:00 pm

Raise a glass to William’s 100th Birthday year with a gala celebration. Spend the afternoon with artists who knew and worked with him, come back for an evening of jazz, some excerpts from his greatest hits – and a birthday cake!

Written by: George Bernard Shaw
Directed by: Michael John Garcés
August 7, 2011 2:30 pm

The girl queen and the crafty politician. Along the Nile, Shaw at his artful best sets up a wily, passionate game of cat and mouse between two formidable titans.

Written by: Terrance Rattigan
Directed by: Cameron Watson
August 7, 2011 7:30 pm

Set on the eve of World War II, the aging hedonist of the Great War stave off the approaching storm with sex and alcohol – and whatever else they can get their hands on – to the chagrin of the prim younger generation.

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