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.

This Wide Night opens on December 1

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Anton’s Well Theater Company is proud to announce the Bay Area Premiere of This Wide Night by English playwright Chloë Moss. The play opens on December 1 at the Berkeley City Club and runs Fridays-Saturdays, 8PM, Sundays 2PM through December 17.

The play won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Award in 2008. The New York Times says that the two female former prisoners characters are “shaped with compassion” and that the play “feels more packed with compressed, complex life than a season of television crime dramas.”

In our production, Miia Ashley plays Marie. Mary Jo Price is Lorraine. Robert Estes is the director and William D. Razo is the assistant director. We hope to see you at the Berkeley City Club in December!

Details:

This Wide Night by Chloë Moss opens December 1. Runs Fridays-Saturdays, 8PM, Sundays 2PM through December 17. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704. Get your tickets now!

Rave Reviews for Tender Napalm

Two reviewers came to opening night of Tender Napalm, and both had wonderful things to say. Vic Cordell in For All Events writes:

…. The strongest points of the production are the performers and the choreography. Willem Long and Anastasia Barron are outstanding as the characters. They both exude stage presence. Long commands the stage with an animal-like stalking ferocity, and Barron matches him in formidable yet feminine response. They each roar with enthusiasm throughout – gritting, smirking, tantalizing, and taunting. One strength of Ridley’s dramatic design is that it places focus on the actors, as well as tremendous burden. These actors answer the call.

Choreographer Bridgette Loriaux has created sensational end-to-end movement design involving robust elements of acrobatics and modern dance, with nods to pas de deux and ninja and more. The choreography coordinates beautifully with and enhances the drama. Often, the actors are vocalizing at full bore while twirling, thrusting, leaping, writhing, or wrestling. It’s like delivering a maximum volume, extremely emotional acting performance and a highly athletic dance performance – at the same time. Loriaux and director Robert Estes extract about as much power from the script as you can expect….

Full review at For All Events, Tender Napalm

Charles Kruger wrote at TheatreStorm

On a bare stage, with the minimal assistance of an effective lighting design by Nate Bogner and an excellent original score by Greg Zema, performers Willem Long and Anastasia Barron dig deep into a relationship which is, indeed, as explosively dangerous as napalm, and as tender as a nursing mother. The dance is intense, at times acrobatic, the words and movements almost too full of emotion.

It is astonishing that work that is simultaneously this complex and this opaque can be so riveting, but for the nearly two hour performance I attended there was no fidgeting among the audience members who sat surrounding the actors on three sides with no platform to separate them from the action. We were with these two in a dive into the depths of our shared unconscious, calling up healing spirits in what seemed to be a genuine crisis.

Attendees who allow the images and sounds to wash over them, without worrying too much about making sense of everything, should have a memorable time with “Tender Napalm.” Those familiar with the analytical psychology of Carl Jung, and, particularly, the imagistic psychology of Jung’s disciple, James Hillman, will be even more profoundly rewarded. ….

… “Tender Napalm” is a journey into another world, that lies just beneath the surface of day to day life. It is both familiar and strange, and if you attend with deep attention, you may find that it changes you as surely as would a voyage to a far away primeval island.

Full review at TheatreStorm, Tender Napalm

Get your tickets now, the show only runs two more weekends, and closing weekend is starting to fill up.