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Antigone: An Audio Drama

By Jean Anouilh
Translated by Lewis Galantiere
Adapted by Kyle Westmaas and Emily Westmaas
Directed by Kyle Westmaas

To begin our season, we will continue and reimagine our suspended Spring 2020 production of Jean Anouilh’s Antigone as an audio drama. Antigone is the classic story of love and war, questioning what place the former has in the latter. It is the story of duty, asking whether our duty to our country or to our family is more vital. It is the story of power, debating whether an individual or a country has more. Most of all, it is the story of Antigone, one woman whose beliefs and actions shook an entire kingdom to its core. Antigone is a story of our past, present, and future, timeless in its themes and the questions it raises. We see in Antigone the fight for what it means to be moral, for what it means to be a woman, and for what it means to truly stand for something at the cost of all else. Conveyed through the wonderful translation of Jean Anouilh, which, although written over 50 years ago, still feels modern and fresh, Antigone is a play that has lessons that every generation can and should learn.

Available for Streaming and Download on October 1, 2020

One of Our Own

A world premiere cast-devised adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

Performed Digitally November 12-15, 2020

How do you get people to hear a truth they need - but don’t want - to hear? In this world-premiere piece, the cast and crew will take inspiration from Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People to create their own essential and vital work for today. Ibsen’s story centers on Dr. Stockmann, who must make his community understand that the baths their economy depends upon are infected with bacteria and unsafe for anyone to use. Stockmann tries to navigate his professional, ethical, civic, and familial duty to save his community, but the truth he has to tell is ultimately too inconvenient. This production promises to showcase the best voices that AQ Theatre has to offer while doing what theatre does best - engaging with the issues that we live with every day.

Sez She

by Jane Martin
Directed by Annelise Dickinson
Streaming live February 24-28, 2021

Written to be performed by five actresses, this sequel to Jane Martin's last monologue play picks up where Vital Signs left off - in these funnier, stranger days of the 21st century. Reveling in virtues of brevity that include hilarity, surprise, and homespun philosophy, these monologues roam the range of contemporary perspective on everything from sexual harassment to sleeping in theaters to the erotic appeals of silence. Whether biking across Massachusetts with 23,000 lawyers or reflecting on the meaning of a Pekinese dog with a picket fence stake through its heart, these characters know how to take the stage and make the most of their five minutes of fame.

Now. Here. This.

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Book by Hunter Bell and Susan Blackwell
Directed by Scott Harman
Musical direction by Alex Barringer
Prerecorded performances streaming April 21-25.

This is the second collaboration of Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, and Jeff Bowen. They, with collaborator Heidi Bickenstaff, are most well-known for the delightful [Title of Show]. This show follows the evolution and adventures of a group of friends as they journey through time--from the present to the past and back again. They share their stories about friendship, hoarding, hiding, laughing, living, dying and middle school in an attempt to step directly into that elusive "present moment": the Now. Here. This.