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Theater Director in San Francisco East Bay area.

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.

Coming in July!

It is difficult even to say that we’ll be presenting 4.48 Psychosis later this year. More than almost any other play, this one brings with it the deep regret of an unstoppable tragedy. Written by Sarah Kane just before she committed suicide, 4.48 Psychosis is a poem-play that takes us unflinchingly into the mind, heart, and soul of a highly sensitive, deeply conflicted consciousness.

We will do everything we can to show forth the play’s searingly painful, astonishingly beautiful light.

Donate to Anton’s Well!

Anton’s Well is happy to announce that we’re undertaking our first fundraising effort.

Whether you saw our debut production, Old Times by Harold Pinter in 2014, or you saw one or both of our highly praised shows in 2017, Tender Napalm and This Wide Night, or any of our other shows like Ages of the Moon, we hope that you’ll consider donating to 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 directly to producing our plays in 2018.

We’re looking forward to presenting the emotionally powerful 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane in July.

We’re in the process of securing the performance rights to another challenging, language driven play to be presented at the Berkeley City Club in late March.

We are also considering productions in the fall and winter.

So to give you an idea of how any donation would be very helpful, just $15 would buy all the ale we needed for This Wide Night. Just $50 would buy all the lighting material to create the beautiful moon for Ages of the Moon. Just $100 would pay for the rights for one performance for either of those plays. Just $500, well, we can’t say “just $500,” because if you donated that much, we would probably break down and cry in gratitude, but we would also be able to pay one entire actor stipend.

For any donation, we will happily list your name in the program for our next show. For any donation of $25 or more, we will list your name in the program for all our plays in 2018 (which will number at least two, and we hope as many as four).

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.

Great Reviews for This Wide Night

Critic Charles Kruger of Theatrestorm gives This Wide Night 5 stars, his highest rating. He says the Anton’s Well production is “nothing short of extraordinary.” He goes on to say that:

“For nearly two hours, time seems to stop as we are carried through a full range of emotions.

By the end of the evening, the catharsis achieved is remarkable. The experience was an emotional marathon.

Rarely does empathy receive a workout like this!…

This is the sort of theatre that needs to be experienced and can barely be described.

But if you care about good theatre, good writing, and good acting, you really ought to attend.”

For the full review, please see:

Review: “This Wide Night” from Anton’s Well Theater Company at Berkeley City Club (*****)

Critic Lynn Zhou of the Daily Cal says that This Wide Night “takes two ex-convicts and explores the humanity behind them in a tender and intimate portrayal of two women adjusting to their newfound freedoms and their evolving relationship with each other.”

She says “much credit goes to actresses Mary Jo Price and Miia Ashley, who deliver captivating performances that elicit the nuances in the characters.”

For her full review, please see:

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/12/07/wide-night-berkeley-city-club/

Critic Ken Bullock of the Berkeley Daily Planet says ths play is a “very humane look at on offbeat relationship.”

For his full review, please see:

http://berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2017-12-09/article/46318?headline=Play-Review-This-Wide-Night-Anton-s-Well-Theater-Co.-at-the-Berkeley-City-Club

This Wide Night Video!

Check out this short video that introduces This Wide Night to the Bay Area. Created by Chris Scott. This Wide Night opens on December 1 at the Berkeley City Club. Runs Friday-Sunday through December 17. For more info, see now playing.