About Us

Anton’s Well Theater Company’s derives its name from Anton Chekhov’s belief that every person should leave something useful behind when they depart this earth—he thought digging a water well would be a great legacy.  Creating theater is our water well. We’re a new East Bay company devoted to presenting challenging, language driven plays that engage and delight audiences and feature local theater artists.

In 2014, we began our company by producing Harold Pinter’s OLD TIMES, which was critically acclaimed as a “dark gem” and played to enthusiastic audiences.  In 2015, we presented two contemporary plays in rotating rep: OR, a rollicking comedy by Liz Duffy Adams, and, in a Bay Area Premiere, DYING CITY, a piercing drama by Christopher Shinn.

Now, in December 2016, we’re presenting the Bay Area Premiere of Ages of the Moon, by the legendary playwright Sam Shepard.

Who We Are

Robert Estes Photo for WebsiteRobert Estes (Artistic Director) has directed OLD TIMES, OR, and DYING CITY for the company. For other East Bay companies, he has directed CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, ARCADIA, ROCK’N ROLL, and THE REAL THING. Last summer, he adapted Shakespeare’s HENRY IV parts 1 and 2 into FALSTAFF!, in which the great rogue was played by six different women. Robert was born in Oakland and has lived in the Bay Area his whole life. He graduated from UC Berkeley way back in the long ago day with a B.A. in English. He welcomes you to Anton’s Well and would love to hear from you at antonswell@gmail.com

MJP headshot 2015 (2)Mary Jo Price (Managing Director) is a Bay Area native who has been active in the local theater scene for over thirty years. She’s worked in varying administrative roles at arts and education non-profits including Tandem Bay Area, Playwrights Foundation, The Children’s Creativity Museum, and Theatre Forte (of which she was a founding member). She’s also an actor who most recently was seen in Anton’s Well production of Or,. Other recent credits include roles with The Breadbox, Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley, Role Players Ensemble, and The Piedmont Players. With Theatre Forte, she collaborated on the creation of several new works including The Arms of Helen, A Period Piece, Isabella’s Fortune, and The Odyssey of Homer which she adapted and directed. Mary Jo holds an M.F.A. in Performance from San Francisco State University.

Tim Bishop (Webmaster) is a geek by day, and avid theatre goer by night. He loves the magic that can happen in a small space, with a few actors, telling a well-written story. He is delighted to be able to support Anton’s Well with his technical skills.