FUSION Theatre Company
New Mexico's Professional Theatre Company

The Antipodes

The Antipodes


by Annie Baker | Directed by Jacqueline Reid | March 19-April 5

Ms. Baker hears the roar of eternity in the babble of our existence, and the futile heroism in our unending attempts to tell tales that might make sense of it all.
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times

A group of people sit around a table as if sitting at an interior campfire rekindling all the stories ever told. Their purpose is never clear: are they brainstorming ideas for a TV show? A film? A mythology? While entertaining water cooler discussions of sexual exploits and snacks, they hunt for a story about “something monstrous” though “it might not be a literal monster.”  As their journey unfolds, their hunt becomes maddeningly impossible. Part satire, part sacred rite, The Antipodes asks what value stories have for a world in crisis.

Annie Baker's full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), and an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. Ms. Baker's plays have been performed at over 100 theatres across the USA and in England, Australia, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Latvia, Sweden, and Russia. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell fellowship and a Master Artist Residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts.