Travel to LA With Antaeus Theatre Company’s ‘Zip Code Plays Podcast Series
Celebrate the culture and history of the diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles from the safety of your home. Antaeus Theatre Company presents The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles, a series of six original audio plays, each set in a different L.A. zip code. Hosted by two-time Audiofile Award-winner Ramón de Ocampo and featuring original music by Ellen Mandel, the series will be available to podcast listeners beginning Thursday, Nov. 12 at www.antaeus.org, or wherever you get your podcasts.
According to co-artistic directors Bill Brochtrup and Kitty Swink, Antaeus was looking for a way to create a full, rich experience that maintains the urgency and intimacy of theater.
“Like the theater we produce, audio podcasts are very up close and personal,” they explain. “This is an exciting opportunity for Angelenos to explore their own city. Plus, anyone can listen at any time, from anywhere. Can’t travel? Here’s your chance to get to know Los Angeles.”
The six plays, each featuring a cast of acclaimed Antaeus actors, are artistically as well as geographically diverse; each is written by a member of the Antaeus Playwrights Lab in a different genre or style.
Bernard K. Addison, Lloyd Roberson II and Marlow Wyatt star in Speakeasy, written by Khari Wyatt and directed by Bernadette Speakes. In 1956, Leon Ivy returns home to South Central Los Angeles (zip code 90011) with a finished novel, a publisher and big plans for his future. But times have changed along Central Avenue, and Leon’s wife, Bird, and her new business partner, Daddy August, have enacted secret plans of their own. What are the costs of leaving home and what is the price of fighting for what you believe in?
Meanwhile, strange things are going on at the Los Angeles Civic Center in downtown L.A. (90012), where a magical encounter with a celestial comet awakens a pair of downtown statues and a neighboring denizen of the La Brea Tar Pits. Historical accusations, social justice and food truck cuisine lead to a fantasia of repentance, acceptance and grace in Clara and Serra and The Talking Bear, a supernatural serio-comedy inspired by true events; written by Angela J. Davis, directed by Steven Robman and starring Tony Amendola, Luis Kelly-Duarte and Abby Marks.
Fresh from participating in street protests for the very first time, 80-year old Westwood (90024) resident Eleanor Pender McAdams seems an unlikely subject for an FBI investigation. All Information Herein Is Classified, written by Deb Hiett, directed by Carolyn Ratteray and starring Dawn Didawick, Bo Foxworth and Catia Ojeda, is an “official” compilation of recordings and interviews that reveals the complexities of standing up for something bigger than yourself in the modern world.
The ruins of an abandoned WWII Nazi compound in Pacific Palisades (90272), known today as the “Murphy Ranch,” are the inspiration for Annexing the Palisades, written by Alex Goldberg and directed by Ann Noble. Set in 1939, this chilling tale based on a little-known piece of L.A. history stars Nike Doukas, Harry Groener and Adrian LaTourelle. When talented craftsman Joseph Kurtz arrives at the palatial Murphy Ranch ready to carve an ornate balustrade for the estate’s magnificent staircase, the job turns out to be much more complicated than he realized.
Mina never should have eaten that piece of fruit overhanging from a tree in her Santa Monica (90403) neighbor’s garden. Now she’s on trial before the Flora and Fauna Committee, defending the Pluckers from the Harvesters in this satirical look at the haves and have-nots. Plucker is written by Nayna Agrawal, directed by Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, and stars Veralyn Jones, Kavi Ramachandran Ladnier and Marcelo Tubert
Finally, Gigi Bermingham and Jon Chaffin play a nearly blind former music teacher and the volunteer who has arrived at an auto junkyard in Sun Valley (91352) to help her locate a part for her 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX. As Billy attempts to help Martha in her quest to take one last drive, coincidence, empathy and music make for a very special afternoon. Salvage is written by Steve Serpas and directed by Julia Fletcher.
The team behind The Zip Code Plays includes audio producer, sound engineer and foley artist Jeff Gardner; sound editor Adam Macias; Antaeus Playwrights Lab director Emily Chase; dramaturg Ryan McRee; and operations manager Nicole Samsel, with additional production support provided by Jade Moujaes.
Based in Glendale, California at the The Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, Antaeus is an actor-driven theater company that explores and produces timely and timeless works, grounded in its passion for the classics. The company illuminates diverse human experiences through performance, training and outreach. It believes in the transformative power of live theater.
The Zip Code Play series is generously sponsored in part by The Michael J. Connell Foundation.
For more information about the Zip Code Plays and other Antaeus events, go to www.antaeus.org.