Antaeus Theatre’s Kickstarter Campaign aims to raise funds to convert a Los Angeles storefront into a Cultural Arts Center through the company’s trademark sense of humor! 

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Following in the footsteps of highly entertaining fundraising videos created by Antaeus in past years (including “Naked Actors Need Costumes” and “Turn Off the Dark”), the company’s new Kickstarter Campaign video “The Taming of the Kickstarter" starring William Shakespeare Armin Shimerman seeks to raise $75,000 of the remaining funds necessary to begin construction. 

Hailed as one of the top intimate theaters in Los Angeles, Antaeus Theatre Company is a cooperative theater ensemble founded to celebrate and reinvigorate the classics. The company is comprised of over 180 classically trained, highly accomplished — and very funny! — actors who are veterans of film, television and on Broadway.

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Antaeus Theatre Company is comprised of such notable actors and familiar faces as The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg,

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(Agent Carter, The 70′s Show),  Dakin Matthews (Waitress, Gilmore Girls) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alumni Armin Shimerman (Principal Synder) and Harry Groener (The Mayor)!

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Launching in tandem with the Kickstarter Campaign, the Antaeus “Shakespeare Insult Challenge” features familiar faces (including Star Trek’s Rene Auberjonois and Patrick Stewart) calling out one of the insults sprinkled throughout the Bard’s plays (“Thou burlyboned, poxmarked skainsmate”) and encouraging viewers to donate, create similar videos of their own and spread the word via #ShakespeareInsultChallenge.

“In the Antaeus tradition, where classical meets contemporary, we’re using a crowdfunding platform to help raise money for our new home,” explain co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup, John Sloan and Rob Nagle. “We hope it will help us engage the community and the world at-large, like the timeless plays we perform in our theater.”

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The Play On! Capital Campaign was publicly launched last June to raise funds to convert a vacant storefront at 110 East Broadway in the City of Glendale to a Cultural Arts Center. To date, Play On! has raised $1.3 million through contributions from donors, board members and company members. The refurbished space will house an 80-seat theater and a 45-seat black box, as well as a lobby gallery and a classics library.

Programming includes an annual season of three fully-staged classical theater productions, a popular free reading series, Playwrights Lab, and outreach programs for students, educators and audience members that connect the essentially human elements in classical texts to contemporary issues and ideas. 

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A production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, fully partner-cast in Antaeus tradition, is on track to inaugurate the new space in the fall of 2016. (Until that time, the company continues to produce at its current space in the NoHo Arts District, with Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill scheduled to open on March 10 and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, in a version by Andrew Upton, scheduled for June 2.)

“The generosity of the entire company has been astounding,” says Antaeus co-associate artistic director and Star Trek veteran Armin Shimerman.

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“We are blessed to have so many passionate people in our midst whose hearts are so devoted to the arts. Having emptied our pockets, we now look to a wider community to help build our new home.”

To enjoy the new Kickstarter video, to view available premiums, and, of course, to donate, go to playon.info.

There is some really awesome stuff you can get by donating! Some of the perks include thank you videos, your name on the website, cool merchandise, and fan memorabilia such as signed photos and swag from some of your favorite shows including Buffy, Criminal Minds, and more! 

#ShakespeareInsultChallenge videos:

For more on the company please visit Antaeus Theatre Company’s official website at www.antaeus.org

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