Ars Nova's ANT Fest Continues with ANIMALS, GAME NIGHT and More, Now thru 6/23


Ars Nova has released more information about its upcoming shows tonight, June 18 through June 23, all part of ANT Fest, the annual All New Talent Festival. Tickets and more information can be found online at

ANT FEST: Animals
June 18 @ 8pm, $10
Written by Cory Finley
Directed by Charlie Polinger

This performance comes to you as part of ANT Fest, Ars Nova's month-long Festival of All New Talent!Rod Dirkwitz, recovering alcoholic and Senior Doggycare Supervisor at Petland, is on a desperate quest to film the greatest children’s educational television show Western Nebraska has ever seen. But his footage is scrambled, his script is a mess, and his ex-wife’s ghost won’t stop talking. A one-man multimedia implosion.

ANT FEST: Game Night
June 19 @ 8pm, $10
Created & Directed by Chantal Pavageaux

Part carnival, part choose-your-own-adventure, part game show, part wrestling match, this interactive theatrical event is so unique it defies description and must be experienced to be believed. You’ve never seen a glitter-covered game night like it.

ANT FEST: The Witchelor
June 20 @ 8pm, $10
Written by John Early & Nicole Spiezio
Directed by Theo Wilson
Music by Cormac Bluestone

In this live episode of The Bachelor, our handsome hero falls for a lovely, bright-eyed contestant who also happens to be a witch. Can their love survive the other contestants’ jealous, white-wine-soaked rage? Will you accept this eye of newt?

ANT FEST: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy
June 21 @ 8pm, $10
Written by Negin Farsad
Original Concept by Negin Farsad & Alex Zalben
Lyrics by Gaby Alter & Negin Farsad
Music by Gaby Alter
Directed by Isis Saratial Misdary

MTV meets the Middle East in this two-person musical where diplomacy is a euphemism for boning, rap becomes a weapon of war, and Kurt Cobain emerges as an impediment to lasting peace.

ANT FEST: Showgasm
June 21 @ 10pm, $5

Dive head first into a late night incarnation of Ars Nova’s infamous neo-vaudeville show-meets-party where you’ll experience cutting-edge comedy, music, theater, burlesque and everything in between. Meet this year’s festival talent while enjoying the rowdiest variety show in town. Tickets are only $5 but if you see the 8 pm show that night (The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict), admission is free.

ANT FEST: An Innocent Evening of Drinking
June 22 @ 8pm, $10
Co-Created & Performed by Declan Bennett
Co-Created & Directed by Phil Griffin

Declan Bennett (American Idiot) and his band perform a night of intoxicating grit pop, guided by honest stories of falling hard, falling out, falling over, getting sober and rocking out through it all.

ANT FEST: Let Me Collect Myself
June 23 @ 8pm, $10
Written by Nikole Beckwith
Performed by Lauren Blumenfeld
Directed by Portia Krieger

Chameleon Lauren Blumenfeld portrays a bizarre array of philatelists, doll-fanciers, and other obsessives in this comedic look at collecting. Based on interviews with actual collectors, the show considers what drives them to collect. And what—if they could talk –their collections would say about them.

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