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BWW Interview: Actor Ramón de Ocampo On His Many Roles, Including Hosting ZIP CODE & Photo BWW Interview: Actor Ramón de Ocampo On His Many Roles, Including Hosting ZIP CODE & Being a New Dad
by Gil Kaan - May 17, 2021

Antaeus Theatre Company launches their second season of their popular podcasts THE ZIP CODE PLAYS: LOS ANGELES May 20, 2021. Each play, set in six different L.A. zip codes, features acclaimed Antaeus actors enacting scripts written by members of the Antaeus Playwright Lab. Two-time Audiofile Award-winner Ramón de Ocampo reprises his role of series host, with Jeff Gardner and Ellen Mandel returning in their respective roles as audio producer/sound designer/foley artist and music composer.

BWW Interview: Four Female Directors Share Their Personal Histories Within THE ZIP CO Photo BWW Interview: Four Female Directors Share Their Personal Histories Within THE ZIP CODE PLAYS: SEASON TWO by Antaeus Theatre Company
by Shari Barrett - May 11, 2021

Antaeus Theatre Company highlights the culture and history of six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods with Season Two of its popular 'The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles' podcast series, set to launch May 20. Here are my interviews with the four female directors who discuss their own personal histories within the Zip Code Plays they direct. (Gigi Bermingham, Jennifer Chang, Saundra McClain, and Bernadette Speakes)

Discover Six New L.A. Neighborhoods With Season Two of Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP  Photo Discover Six New L.A. Neighborhoods With Season Two of Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP CODE PLAYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2021

Antaeus Theatre Company is highlighting¬†the culture and history of¬†six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods¬†with¬†Season Two¬†of its ‚ÄúThe Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles‚ÄĚ podcast series, set to launch¬†May 20.

Liza Weil, Josh Stamberg Star In L.A. Theatre Works Audio Recording Of THE THANKSGIVI Photo Liza Weil, Josh Stamberg Star In L.A. Theatre Works Audio Recording Of THE THANKSGIVING PLAY
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 24, 2020

A roast of well-meaning political correctness, The Thanksgiving Play puts the American origin story in the comedy-crosshairs: Three ‚Äúwoke,‚ÄĚ White thespians are tasked with devising an elementary school pageant about the first Thanksgiving, while avoiding any culturally appropriative missteps.

Liza Weil, Sarah Drew and More Featured in L.A. Theatre Works' 9-Play Digital Season Photo Liza Weil, Sarah Drew and More Featured in L.A. Theatre Works' 9-Play Digital Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2020

L.A. Theatre Works has announced a 2020-21 Digital Season of nine plays. All plays in the 2020-21 season are being recorded in-studio, using state-of-the-art technology. L.A. Theatre Works is the world's leading producer of audio theater. Each of the recordings will include bonus features, such as interviews with the playwrights and more.

L.A. Theatre Works Takes SEVEN on 27 Venue Tour Photo L.A. Theatre Works Takes SEVEN on 27 Venue Tour
by Julie Musbach - Sep 11, 2019

Beginning Oct. 12,L.A. Theatre Works will bring its signature style of radio-theater to 27 venues across the U.S. as part of the company's 16th annual national tour. Alexis Jacknow (LATW recordings of Tribes, Together Tonight and the Audie Award-winning Hound of the Baskervilles) directs Seven, a riveting documentary play by seven female writers, based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia.

BWW Interview: Charles Busch Always Rejuvenating DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! & His Other Ingeni Photo BWW Interview: Charles Busch Always Rejuvenating DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! & His Other Ingenious Projects
by Gil Kaan - May 7, 2019

Multi-faceted, creative hyphenate Charles Busch will be appearing in his latest reincarnation of his 1999 classic cult-fav DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! for four performances May 17 through May 19, 2019 for L.A. Theatre Works. Dazzlingly filling out the crazy cast of characters of DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! - Mark Capri, Willie Garson, Ellis Greer, Jeffrey Self and Ruth Williamson. I had the wonderful chance to revisit Charles' gracious wit after almost two decades previous.

BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent  Photo BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent Truth
by Shari Barrett - Apr 24, 2019

NATIVE SON, a novel written in 1940 by Richard Wright, tells the story of 20-year of Bigger Thomas, an African American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in 1939. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes, Wright portrays a systemic inevitability behind them, making the case that there is no escape from his destiny since he is the inevitable product of the society in which he has lived since birth, faced by expectations imposed upon him by others tasked to teach him the proper way for a Black man to live in society. It is often said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is certainly the case in Wright's original story which could have been written today, given the similar news stories filling the airwaves right now involving police beatings of Black men and gun violence leading to senseless murders.

NATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas Photo NATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas
by Julie Musbach - Apr 19, 2019

Antaeus Theatre Company's production of "Native Son," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, will open Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Andi Chapman, "Native Son" is currently in previews and will close April 28.

Cast Announced For NATIVE SON Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas Photo Cast Announced For NATIVE SON Part Of Block Party 2019 At The Douglas
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 4, 2019

Casting is set for Antaeus Theatre Company's production of "Native Son," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Andi Chapman, "Native Son" will begin previews April 18, open April 20 and continue through April 28, 2019.