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Nat DeWolf, April Matthis, Annie Parisse, and Maria Striar. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Crystal Finn, April Matthis, Nat DeWolf, Annie Parisse, and Maria Striar. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Rob Campbell and Annie Parisse. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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April Matthis, Annie Parisse, and Maria Striar. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Antlia Pneumatica


Written by Anne Washburn
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

In a ranch house deep in Texas Hill Country, a once tight-knit group of friends reunites to bury one of their own. But as they look backward through their lives, it becomes clear they’ve lost more than just their old pal. In this haunting new play from Anne Washburn, the boundaries between then and now grow disarmingly blurry as these estranged friends confront their slippery past.

Rob Campbell — Adrian
Nat DeWolf — Len
Crystal Finn — Bama
April Matthis — Liz
Annie Parisse — Nina
Maria Striar — Ula
Skylar Dunn — Casey (recorded voice)
Azhy Robertson — Wally (recorded voice)

Scenic Design: Rachel Hauck
Costume Design: Jessica Pabst
Lighting Design: Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design: Leah Gelpe
Songs by: Daniel Kluger and Anne Washburn
Production Stage Manager: Megan Schwarz Dickert


More Reviews


Anne Washburn Artist Interview

Tim: Offstage sounds and conversations are also prominently featured in the play. Do you think the silent retreat contributed to this? Anne: I think when there is no conversation, the ear becomes more attuned to other sounds. And thirsty for them.


TheaterMania meets Antlia Pneumatica

TheaterMania sits down with the cast, Anne Washburn, and our Associate Artistic Director Adam Greenfield to explore the mystery behind ‪Antlia Pneumatica‬, and why we're so haunted by memories of the past.


In Process: Anne Washburn

Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns) enlightens us on the Texas Hill Country origins of ‘Antlia Pneumatica,’ and how silence has shaped the show's sound landscape.


Letter from Tim: Antlia Pneumatica

I thought long and hard before quoting Nietzsche in this introduction, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that particular, delightfully unsettling character of Anne Washburn’s work owes much to the striking collision of rational and the irrational impulses in it.


Backstory: Anne Washburn, a 15-Year Tour

Anne Washburn possesses an uncanny genius for conjuring theatrical worlds that arrest and fascinate, even on unfamiliar wavelengths. A master of the gradual release of information, she trusts her audience enough to disorient us, for a time, charting her course with quiet precision even as she leads us down the rabbit hole. Here’s a gloss of her projects to date.