dirty butterfly opens on september 21!

Anton’s Well Theater Company is proud to present the Bay Area Premiere of debbie tucker green’s dirty butterfly, a mysterious, poetically taunt examination of three people living too close together. The play will run at Berkeley’s Waterfront Theater, 2020 Fourth Street, from September 21 to October 7.

The cast includes Kim Donovan, Mikah Kavita, and Jesse Vaughn. The creative crew is Director Robert Estes, Assistant Director/Producer William D. Razo, Lighting Designer Bert van Aalsburg, and Stage Manager Ayumi Namba.

This play perfectly suits AWTC’s artistic mission of producing complex, contradictory, language driven plays as Lynn Gardner, The Guardian’s critic, says debbie tucker green’s dialogue “is like secret whispers and, like the characters’ lives, it is fragmented and often unfinished.” She finds that “there is a sly, controlled power in this writing.”

Tickets on sale now at the Buy Tickets tab at this website.

Great Critical Response to 4.48 Psychosis / Only 4 Performances Left!

You only have four performances left (Thursday, August 2-Saturday, August 4, 8PM, Sunday, August 5, 7PM) to catch 4.48 Psychosis at the Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland.

The production has received great critical praise.

Nicole Gluckstern of KQED finds that “Through their unconventional staging they imbue this difficult piece with moments of real beauty and empathy, drawing the audience to bear witness to a human condition that is so frequently ignored, misinterpreted, or rejected.

She cites the three woman cast of Anastasia Barron, Jody Christian, and Adrian Deane as being “strong” and “fearless.”

For her full review:

https://www.kqed.org/arts/13837549/sarah-kanes-4-48-psychosis-finds-empathetic-home-at-antons-well

We enjoyed the attention to detail critic Kate Tinney’s review. She even mentioned the breathing of the actors.

She sees that “the lighting design by Nathan Bogner is a spectacular anchor throughout the show.”

She writes that “This production of ‘4.48 Psychosis’ makes extraordinary use of physical theater. The actors stretch themselves both emotionally and physically. What’s more, the audience is so close that it can see every knee shake or deep breath as the actors warp themselves from graceful to grotesque and back again.”

For her full review:

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/07/27/antons-wells-4-48-psychosis/

Charles Lewis III ranks 4.48 Psychosis as being one of the best shows he’s seen this year. He gives us a grade of A-, so we’ll keep trying hard to get that raised up!

For his full review:

https://thethinkingmansidiot.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/4-48-psychosis-at-antons-well-theatre-review/

Christine Okon observes that “Director Robert Estes and choreographer Bridgette Loriaux create a visceral and verbal experience where three brilliant performers (Anastasia Barron, Jody Christian, and Adrian Deane) dance, interact, intertwine, explode, recoil and literally throw themselves against the wall…”

She sees that our production renders the play “beautifully.”

For her full review:

https://www.theaterandsuch.com/2018/07/a-dark-night-of-soul.html?m=1

Uncompromising 4.48 Psychosis Opens on Friday, July 20!

As playwright Sarah Kane writes in the play, 4.48 Psychosis is composed of the “bewildered fragments” of her mind as she struggles to find sanity.

In one fragment, we learn that “a word on the page and there is the drama.”

Her play is simply words, phrases, monologues, and poetry on the page. There are no specific characters nor a specific location. The play has been produced with one lone female actor, with two females and one male, or with untold other variations of actors. Recently, it was produced as a full scale opera.

In our vision, we have three wonderful local actors, Anastasia Barron, Jody Christian, and Adrian Deane, who portray the fragmented, contradictory, conflicted, beautiful, ferociously imaginative world of Sarah Kane’s charged words.

Together, the three women bring startling vividness to the language of searing pain and searching humanity found in every fold of 4.48 Psychosis.

For The New York Times, the language in 4.48 Psychosis “creates the most persuasive and authentic portrait of what it means to be terminally depressed…ever encountered in a theater.”

Yet, the Times finds, in its uncompromising encounter with depression, the play is also “breathtakingly beautiful.”

We hope that our production can both feel and express the deep pain and terrible beauty of Sarah Kane’s relentless examination of her own psyche.

The creative crew for 4.48 is the same one that produced last year’s “astonishing” Tender Napalm: Director Robert Estes, Assistant Director/Producer Wm. Diedrick Razo, Choreographer Bridgette Loriaux, and Lighting Designer Nathan Bogner.

4.48 Psychosis opens on Friday, July 20. Just one week away! Tickets (only $17-$20) are now on sale at the Buy Tickets tab on this website.

The play runs Fridays and Saturdays, 8PM, Sundays 7PM from July 20 to August 5 (with one Thursday performance on August 2, 8PM) at the Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland.

DONATE TO ANTON’S WELL THEATER COMPANY!

We also hope that you might consider financially supporting Anton’s Well. Please know that any donation you make will have a powerful impact for our company. We do not have high overheard (wait, we don’t have any overhead!).

All of your donation will go to the direct costs of producing our plays in 2018, which means your contribution will go to good stipends for our actors and designers, royalties to the playwrights, and, rent to the remaining non-profit art venues.

In addition to 4.48 Psychosis, in September, we will present dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green, which will be the Bay Area Premiere for one of England’s most challenging contemporary playwrights.

For all of this to happen, we need you!

If you would like to donate, please go here:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=16868

We would like you to know that Anton’s Well Theater Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions to the charitable purpose of Anton’s Well Theater Company must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Auditions for Bay Area Premiere of dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green

Anton’s Well Theater Company is happy to announce the audition date for the Bay Area Premiere of debbie tucker green’s grittily poetic play, dirty butterfly, running at Berkeley’s Waterfront Theater from September 21-October 7.

Jo is being abused by her male partner. Amelia and Jason live next to Jo and respond to the abuse in different ways. Jason can’t help himself as he raptly listens through the common wall to Jo’s encounters. Amelia moves to a different part of her house to get away from hearing Jo. Through the taunt interaction of the three characters, the play elliptically and poetically explores the conflicted human response when we see another person suffer.

Amelia, late 20s-early 40s, black female, protective of Jason, frustrated that her life has been interrupted by Jo. She confronts Jo.

Jason, late 20s-early 40s, black male, insecure, can’t help himself becoming obsessed by what he hears in Jo’s home.

Jo, late 20s-early 40s, white female, being abused by her male partner. She taunts Jason at times, clashes with Amelia.

The play creates the opportunity for a great deal of character exploration for the three actors. The Guardian in London said that the play was filled with “secret whispers.”

Facility with English accents important. You don’t have to be perfect, but need the skill to work on a London Caribbean accent for Amelia and Jason, and a working class accent for Jo.

The audition will take place at the Waterfront Theater, 2020 Fourth Street, Berkeley, on Sunday, July 8, from 1-4PM. Sides will be provided in advance. Or, you may bring in a dramatic British monologue, but that is not required.

The audition will be run by appointment. Please email antonswell@gmail.com with your preferred time or call the director Robert Estes at (510) 368-0090. For more info on the company, please see: www.antonswell.org

There is a competitive stipend. AEA ok (BAPP).

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, August 12. The rehearsal schedule will most likely run Mon-Thurs, 7-10PM; Sunday, 7-10PM. However, it may be possible to tailor the schedule to best fit the needs of the actors. For instance, if the three actors have morning availability, we may rehearse then sometimes rather than in the evening.

The performance schedule is September 21 to October 7, Friday-Saturdays, 8PM; Sunday TBD (either 2PM or 7PM). The Waterfront Theater is located at 2020 Fourth Street in Berkeley.

4.48 Psychosis Opens on July 20!

Anton’s Well Theater Company is proud to present a rare local production of 4.48 Psychosis, Sarah Kane’s searing examination of depression.

Our production features actors Anastasia Barron, Jody Christian, and Adrian Deane. The creative crew is the same one that produced last year’s “astonishing” Tender Napalm: Director Robert Estes, Assistant Director/Producer Wm. Diedrick Razo, Choreographer Bridgette Loriaux, Music Composer Greg Zema, and Lighting Designer Nathan Bogner.

The New York Times finds that 4.48 Psychosis is “breathtakingly beautiful” and that Sarah Kane’s language “creates the most persuasive and authentic portrait of what it means to be terminally depressed…ever encountered in a theater.”

4.48 Psychosis opens on Friday, July 20. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays, 8PM, Sundays 7PM from July 20 to August 5 (with one Thursday performance on August 2) at the Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland. Tickets are $17-$20.

DONATE TO ANTON’S WELL THEATER COMPANY!

We also hope that you might consider financially supporting Anton’s Well. Please know that any donation you make will have a powerful impact for our company. We do not have high overheard (wait, we don’t have any overhead!).

All of your donation will go to the direct costs of producing our plays in 2018, which means your donation will go to good stipends for our actors and designers, royalties to the playwrights, and, yes, rent to the landlords!

In addition to to presenting the emotionally gripping 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, in September we will present dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green, which will be the Bay Area Premiere for one of England’s most challenging contemporary playwrights.

For all of this to happen, we need you!

If you would like to donate, please go here:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=16868

We would like you to know that Anton’s Well Theater Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions to the charitable purpose of Anton’s Well Theater Company must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Audition Notice: Looking for Women for July/August production of 4.48 Psychosis at Oakland’s Temescal Arts Center

Anton’s Well Theater Company is happy to announce auditions for Sarah Kane’s rarely performed 4.48 Psychosis, playing at Oakland’s Temescal Arts Center from July 20-August 5. Directed by Robert Estes. Choreographed by Bridgette Loriaux. Original Music by Greg Zema. Lighting Design by Nathan Bogner. Produced and Assistant Directed by Rick Razo.

We’re looking for women from 20s on up who can move well and handle difficult text. We would like to know if you can sing and/or play an instrument. The play does not have specific characters, yet we will provide sides that touch on various themes in the play.

The audition will take place at the Berkeley City Ballet, 1800 Dwight Way, on Monday-Tuesday, May 7-8, from 7-10PM. The callbacks will take place on Wednesday, May 9, 7-10PM. The auditions will be by appointment only and conducted in 20 minute segments. The audition will include movement supervised by the choreographer Bridgette Loriaux and text work with sides from the play provided.

To make an appointment, please email antonswell@gmail.com with your preferred date and time or call the director Robert Estes at (510) 368-0090. For more info on the company, please see: http://www.antonswell.org

There is a competitive stipend. AEA ok (BAPP).

Rehearsals will begin on June 10 or near that date. The rehearsal schedule will most likely run Mon-Thurs, 7-10PM, and Sundays, 6-10PM. However, it may be possible to tailor the schedule to meet everyone’s needs in the best way possible. For instance, if the actors have weekday morning availability, we may rehearse from 10AM-1PM rather than in the evening.

The tech will take place in early July till the opening. We will have to schedule the exact times based on the venue’s calendar. Whether in tech or in rehearsal, we will be working intensely in during the month of July.

The performance schedule is Fridays-Saturday, 8PM, Sundays, 7PM, from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, August 5 (with an added Thursday performance on August 2). The Temescal Arts Center is located at 511, 48th Street, Oakland, 94609.

The Human Ear Opens April 5! Runs Two Weeks Only!

Her brother ran away from home after their dad died ten years ago in Iraq.

Her brother just now returned home after their mother died in an urban atrocity.

Her boyfriend cop doesn’t believe her brother’s story.

Lucy isn’t sure what to believe, including her own perceptions.

What happens when you don’t know what just happened?

Come see the Bay Area Premiere of the riveting, mysterious The Human Ear by Alexandra Wood.

Featuring the wonderful bay area actors Crystal Brown and Louel Senores. Directed by AWTC’s Artistic Director Robert Estes. Produced and assistant directed by Rick Razo.

The Human Ear plays for two weeks only from April 5-15 at the Berkeley City Club. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8PM, Sundays 2PM. Tickets only $17-$20: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=85302

DONATE TO ANTON’S WELL THEATER COMPANY!

We also hope that you might consider financially supporting Anton’s Well. Please know that any donation you make will have a powerful impact for our company. We do not have high overheard (wait, we don’t have any overhead!).

All of your donation will go to the direct costs of producing our plays in 2018, which means your donation will go to good stipends for our actors and designers, royalties to the playwrights, and, yes, rent to the landlords!

In addition to The Human Ear, we’re looking forward to presenting the emotionally gripping 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane in July.

In September, we hope to present dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green, which will be the Bay Area Premiere for one of England’s most challenging contemporary playwrights.

For all of this to happen, we need you!

For any donation of $25 or more, we will happily list your name in our show programs.

If you would like to donate, please go here:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=16868

We would like you to know that Anton’s Well Theater Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions to the charitable purpose of Anton’s Well Theater Company must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.