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, overlooked, language driven plays that engage and delight audiences and feature local theater artists.

In December 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 December 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.

In April 2016, we presented the Bay Area Premiere of WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA by Melissa James Gibson.

In December 2016, we presented the Bay Area Premiere of AGES OF THE MOON, by the legendary playwright Sam Shepard.

In July 2017, we staged the Bay Area Premiere of TENDER NAPALM by Philip Ridley.

In December 2017, we presented the Bay Area Premiere of THIS WIDE NIGHT by Chloë Moss.

In April 2018, we presented the Bay Area Premiere of THE HUMAN EAR by Alexandra Wood.

In July 2018, we produced the rarely performed 4.48 PSYCHOSIS by Sarah Kane.

In September 2018, we presented the Bay Area Premiere of dirty butterfly by debbie tucker green. This was the first play of hers to be done here.

Who We Are

Robert Estes Photo for WebsiteRobert Estes (Artistic Director) has directed OLD TIMES, OR,, DYING CITY, WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA, AGES OF THE MOON, TENDER NAPALM, THIS WIDE NIGHT, THE HUMAN EAR, 4.48 PSYCHOSIS, and dirty butterfly for the company. For other East Bay companies, he has directed CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, ARCADIA, HARMONY IN HIDING, ROCK’N ROLL, FALSTAFF! and THE REAL THING. 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