A Month Of Original Theatre in the Antelope Valley

Showing Now:

Laity Theatre Company Presents
Bridget’s Girl
A New Musical
Book & Lyrics by
Barbara Dixon
Music by
James A. Goins
Directed by James A. Goins
in The LAB Theatre
 Sat. & Sun. July 30th & 31st 7:45PM
Show Running: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:45PM 
& Sunday 2PM 
July 30th – Aug.20th



Showing August 19-28

Antelope Valley Thespians Present

Hunger for Paradise

AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
by Eric M. Martin


Winner of the 2010 AVT New American West Play Competition
Produced by arrangement with Eric M. Martin, Quartz Hill, CA.

AVT is pleased to bring to the stage the premiere of this new, character-driven drama by local playwright Eric M. Martin. The history of the American West is replete with nostalgia and stories of the migration westward to a promised land of opportunity in California, Oregon, and the bounty of the western frontier. Many of these settlers built new lives and made transformative changes to themselves, our society, and to the land itself. But what about those for whom the promise failed to deliver? Set in the modern day, this play explores the hunger for something new that often drives us to break for greener pastures… only to discover that, sometimes, the emptiness inside from which we run cannot be filled so easily. Rather, it pursues us despite all superficial remedies — and instead of looking forward in the way we hoped, life sometimes leaves us to wonder might have been.

AVT is committed to cultivating a local community of playwrights, collaborating with them to bring their work to the stage for full production, and paying them a fair royalty just like any published work. Accordingly, we hold all original play submissions to the same standard as the published work we consider.  Learn more about our engagement with local writers and our process for bringing original work to the stage on our Playwrights Page.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.

This production is in rehearsal. Online ticketing for this production is not yet available.

Jessie Ann Hassan, Director
Juliana Katzman, Stage Manager


Podcast #16: Thoughts from the Final Show of THE AMERICAN CENTURY

18th June
posted by Nalin
Dean Berg, Mathew Gruca, and Sarah Allen rehearsing THE AMERICAN CENTURY in AVT’s garage blackbox studio.

This podcast contains interviews with Artistic Director Kara McCollum, Technical Director Kevin J. Hogan, Production Stage Manager Juliana Katzman, and actors Mathew Gruca, Sarah Allen, and Dean Berg. Interviews were taken just prior to the final show of the run of THE AMERICAN CENTURY, AVT’s opening production in the 2011 Season.

Click here for the AVT page podcast.

Antelope Valley Thespians presents:THE AMERICAN CENTURY

posted by Nalin
AJ Currado

Antelope Valley Thespians presents:THE AMERICAN CENTURY
By Murphy Guyer

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, New York.

World War II has ended and Tom, just discharged from the Army, returns to his young wife, Margaret, full of hope, enthusiasm, and dreams of a bounteous future. But suddenly they are joined by a brash young stranger who, to their amazement, proceeds to make himself very much at home. He is, he explains, from the future, having arrived via the latest drugs in special psychotherapy session. The stranger fills the young couple in so completely about their past and present lives—and the future which awaits them—that Tom and Margaret soon find themselves moving from incredulity to panic. In the most casual, blithely humorous manner, the stranger tells of a world gone mad in this hilarious and intelligent satire of our modern American lives.

Six performances: May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 (Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays 2pm).


All performances to be staged at the Antelope Valley Winery, Avenue M and 20th St. W. Wine tasting and purchasing will be available prior to each performance.

For electronic ticketing, select your performance and enter a contact email below. Clicking “Buy Now” will take you to a secure PayPal transaction page (you will be able to adjust ticket quantities before purchase). Walk-up ticketing will be cash only, and available on a first-come basis. Walk-up tickets cannot be held or reserved. All tickets are non-refundable.

Check the AVT Website for Purchase information and more details.

Antelope Valley Thespians Host Writers Event

Playwrights Concept Workshop

(post written by Nalin for AVThespians.org)

AVT invites local and regional playwrights of all experience levels to join us at a concept workshop next Thursday, March 31st from 6pm to 8pm at Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill. Directors and company members will be on hand to discuss your works in progress or questions you may have regarding your scripts or ideas. Main image

This is a concept workshop intended for early-stage or planned works. Please come prepared with a summary of plot, themes, characters, etc if possible.

This is also a great launching point for ScriptFrenzy! in the month of April, if you will be participating in that.

Please see our Playwrights Page for more information about how we work with local writers. For any further questions, please contact productions@avthespians.org.

Hope to see you there!

Go See It! Antelope Valley Thespians present…

posted by Nalin

by Barbara Schneider

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Nov 12-21
Fri/Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm

Starring Sarah Arnac, Sarah Bialobroda, Joe Gruca, and Kara McCollum.

Directed by Karen Gruca.

A moving and thought-provoking story of the love between a father and daughter, separated by place and perspective. What is right and wrong in times of war? A journey across the years since WWII looks at our own vulnerability to the easy habit of indifference in present-day America.

Tickets $8.

Web ticketing is available now through the day prior to each performance. Walk up purchases for any remaining tickets, via cash or check only, will be available on a first-come-first-served  basis starting 30 minutes prior to each performance.

AVT operates in a fully-functional, blackbox theater built into a private residence at Almond Valley Way, Lancaster, CA 93536.  Business hours are strictly limited to 30 minutes prior to a performance until appx 1 hour afterward.

Crime & Punishment & AVT

   Quartz Hill’s one and only theater group is presenting “Crime and Punishment” this month. Offering six shows in their Quartz Hill location, the Antelope Valley Thespians are kicking off their 2010 season in serious style with a play based on the classic novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
   Crime and Punishment, long considered a masterpiece of western literature, tells the story of the young scholar Roskolnikov who carries out a planned murder before he realizes what the moral and psychological consequences of his actions might be.
   With a diverse cast of characters and intense moments of suspense, the story explores Roskolnikov’s many ups and downs as he walks a tightrope of doubt and guilt. Will he be caught, arrested, punished?
   In this story, the crime is certain and it is the uncertainty of punishment that creates an atmosphere of tension and suspense pre-dating Hitchcock by a half-century.
   The Quartz Hill theater group has selected a theatrical adaption of the famous Russian novel as the first of three plays on the calendar for the Antelope Valley Thespians’ 2010 season. The season also includes “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” and “The Interrogation of Nathan Hale”.

Read more here.  Visit AVT’s website.