Each of the plays presented as part of Lab Results was developed in the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, an ongoing program that incubates new works that provide compelling roles for actors, and creates a nurturing and supportive artistic community.
“The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which began as a three-day festival of two plays in 1935, is now an eight-month festival of 11 plays that includes classics, musicals and world premieres,” note Antaeus co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup, Rob Nagle and Kitty Swink. “We would love to see Antaeus grow in a similar way, by not only keeping the classics alive but also nurturing a new generation of modern classics. We hope the Playwrights Lab can play a significant role in that effort. Since we built our new home, our plan has been to produce in the black box theater. We are excited to activate this space in our 2018/19 season.”
The six new plays include Along The River, Almost Winter, written by Paula Cizmar and directed by Stephanie Shroyer, an update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale set along the Sacramento River Delta during the time of the Gold Rush and told from the point of view of a bear; The Abuelas, written by Stephanie Alison Walker and directed by Eli Gonda, which explores the long and devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983; Mayor of the 85th Floor, written by Alex Goldberg and directed by Asaad Kelada, a dystopian tale about a young woman who is one of hundreds of squatters living in the Empire State Building in the near future; Regular Joes, written by Jennifer Rowland and directed by Jonathan Lynn, which reveals the private, family drama behind a public sex scandal; Unbound, written by Steve Apostolina and directed by Jennifer Chambers, about the meeting of a woman paroled after 33 years and the surviving member of the family she murdered; and Eight Nights, written by Jennifer Maisel and directed by Emily Chase, about the lives of a refugee woman and her family who inhabit a single apartment from 1949 to 2016.
Lab Results takes place over the course of the Sept. 29-30 weekend, with readings on Saturday at 11 a.m. (Along The River, Almost Winter), 1:30 p.m. (The Abuelas), 4 p.m. (Mayor of the 85th Floor) and 6:30 p.m. (Regular Joes); and on Sunday at 12 p.m. (Unbound) and 2 p.m. (Eight Nights). Single tickets are $15, with two-play packages available for $20. For more information call 818-506-1983 or go to www.antaeus.org.
Antaeus is located in the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205 (between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.). The first 90 minutes of parking is free, then $2 per hour, in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard). The theater is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.
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Lab Results: The Antaeus Playwrights Lab Festival — Six new plays by award-winning, mid-career writers get developmental readings as part of Antaeus Theatre Company’s new Lab Results series. Each of the plays was developed in the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, an ongoing program that incubates new works that provide compelling roles for actors while creating a nurturing and supportive artistic community.
All readings take place on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30:
• Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m.: Along The River, Almost Winter by Paula Cizmar, directed by Stephanie Shroyer: Perdita knows something is off in her life and she longs to know what happened to her mother in this update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Set along the Sacramento River Delta during the time of the Gold Rush, Along the River, Almost Winter is a journey from betrayal to forgiveness — told from the point of view of a bear.
• Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m.: The Abuelas by Stephanie Alison Walker, directed by Eli Gonda: Gabriela is an Argentine concert cellist living a good life in Chicago with her American husband and adjusting to life as a new mom until a visit from two strangers upends everything. The Abuelas explores the long and devastating repercussions of Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976-1983, and the heart’s capacity for forgiveness even in the face of the harshest betrayal.
• Saturday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m.: Mayor of the 85th Floor by Alex Goldberg, directed by Asaad Kelada: Inspired by the Tower of David Building in Caracas, Venezuela, which was left unfinished and became home to thousands of squatters, Mayor of the 85th Floor is a dystopian tale about a young woman who is one of hundreds of squatters living in the Empire State Building in the near future. This play explores what happens to a city irreparably damaged by storms and financial ruin, and how the people in this environment survive after our government no longer has the resources to take care of its own.
• Saturday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.: Regular Joes by Jennifer Rowland, directed by Jonathan Lynn: Nineteen year-old Josie Ricks adores her father, Joe Ricks; he’s a great guy. And that’s why she’ll stand with him, along with her mother and brothers, when he announces his candidacy for the Senate. But when Josie’s childhood friend implicates Joe in a compromising sexual encounter, Josie starts to see her father in ways she never did before. Regular Joes is the private, family drama behind a public sex scandal.
• Sunday, Sept. 30 at 12 p.m.: Unbound by Steve Apostolina, directed by Jennifer Chambers: Paroled after 33 years, Carlotta yearns for a quiet life of redemption. Never fully recovered from his family’s murder, 33 years ago, Elton seeks justice. The two shall meet.
• Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.: Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel, directed by Emily Chase: The lives that inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016. A young refugee woman who is finally free to start anew in the United States tries to vanquish the past that haunts her, alongside her father, husband, friends, daughter and granddaughter.
Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center
110 East Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(between N. Brand Blvd. and Maryland Ave.)
First 90 minutes free, then $2 per hour in Glendale Marketplace garage located at 120 S. Maryland Ave (between Broadway and Harvard)
• Single ticket: $15
• Two-play package: $20