AntiMatter Collective

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Necessarily ephemeral, theater is not matter (though it may matter, we hope). ANTIMATTER COLLECTIVE was formed in order to excavate a new kind of theater that confronts the chasms between art and entertainment, the comic and the tragic, the squalid and the transcendent. The foundation of our process is the conviction that the collective intelligence and ideas of the group, when properly harnessed, will always lead to richer work than those of the individual. Periods of discussion, development, and play challenge everyone involved to map out the depths of their initial impulses and push beyond. This leads to work that is smart and subtle without sacrificing its visceral punch and sense of pure fun.

We developed this shared aesthetic and ethos of collaboration initially in DEATH VALLEY, our original zombie-western created for Vampire Cowboys' Saturday Night Saloon and then produced in full at the Bushwick Starr in the summer of 2011. Subsequent work has deepened our exploration of modern myths with Greg Moss's sixsixsix, a menacingly metatheatrical riff on Faust produced first at the AXA in Action festival in Prague, and The Dreams in the Witch House, a shadow puppet adaptation of an H. P. Lovecraft novella, created for the Brick's Tiny Theater Festival. Both were remounted together as DEMONOLOGY at the Magic Futurebox in the summer of 2012. Most recently we challenged the limits of the theatrical with MOTHERBOARD, our post-Robocalyptic tragicomedy at The Secret Theater in the fall of 2012.

Darkly funny, emotionally challenging, genre-savvy, character-driven, and loaded with tightly choreographed action and cutting-edge effects, AntiMatter makes sharp-edged work that appeals broadly to non-theater-goers and aficionados alike. Although our work is marked by a finger-on-the-pulse contemporaneity, we are all fundamentally purists to theater's original function: gathering as communities in order to experience our collective stories, and to have a blast while doing so. Stories matter because we tell them, and we tell them because they matter. That illusory, transient significance is a kind of alchemy, making something out of nothing—kind of like theater itself. We think that matters.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Motherboard  | Open: 09/28/12 Close: 10/14/12
AntiMatter Collective will present Adam Scott Mazer’s (Death Valley) post-apocalyptic sci-fi tragicomedy, MOTHERBOARD, September 28-October 14 at The Secret Theatre (44 02 23rd Street, Long Island City).The production will be directed by Will Fulton (Demonology) and will feature Elizabeth Bays, Bryce Henry, Rebecca Hirota, Andrew Krug, Allison LaPlatney, Alexandra Panzer, Casey Robinson, Jonathan Shaw and James Rutherford. The creative team will include Props by Danielle Baskin, Costume Desgin by Karen Boyer & Bevan Dunbar, Set Design by Jonathan Collins, Special Effects by Stephanie Cox-Williams (named NYC’s Queen of Gore by New York Press), Sound Design by Colin Fulton, and Lighting Design by Alana Jacoby.

In 2445, the robots rebelled and were barely defeated: 20 years later, the surviving humans live in an aggressively anti-technological society, relegated to lives of wasteland scavenging or service to a military protectorate.  Into this wakes C-12, a lone nannybot who must traverse the wastes in search of her purpose in a world without machines.


About the Company: AntiMatter Collective

Necessarily ephemeral, theater is not matter (though it may matter, we hope). ANTIMATTER COLLECTIVE was formed in order to excavate a new kind of theater that confronts the chasms between art and entertainment, the comic and the tragic, the squalid and the transcendent. The foundation of our process is the conviction that the collective intelligence and ideas of the group, when properly harnessed, will always lead to richer work than those of the individual. Periods of discussion, development, and play challenge everyone involved to map out the depths of their initial impulses and push beyond. This leads to work that is smart and subtle without sacrificing its visceral punch and sense of pure fun.

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The Tower  | Open: 04/12/14 Close: 04/26/14
The Tower is a psychedelic journey into the history and mythology of the Donner Party, a group of snowbound pioneers who notoriously resorted to cannibalism to survive the brutal winter of 1846-47. Historical narrative collides with hallucinatory imagery to create a shifting landscape filled with the whispers of the past and the roar of the future. A vision of adolescent America: frostbitten, bloodstained, ravenous.


About the Company: AntiMatter Collective

Necessarily ephemeral, theater is not matter (though it may matter, we hope). ANTIMATTER COLLECTIVE was formed in order to excavate a new kind of theater that confronts the chasms between art and entertainment, the comic and the tragic, the squalid and the transcendent. The foundation of our process is the conviction that the collective intelligence and ideas of the group, when properly harnessed, will always lead to richer work than those of the individual. Periods of discussion, development, and play challenge everyone involved to map out the depths of their initial impulses and push beyond. This leads to work that is smart and subtle without sacrificing its visceral punch and sense of pure fun.

We developed this shared aesthetic and ethos of collaboration initially in DEATH VALLEY, our original zombie-western created for Vampire Cowboys' Saturday Night Saloon and then produced in full at the Bushwick Starr in the summer of 2011. Subsequent work has deepened our exploration of modern myths with Greg Moss's sixsixsix, a menacingly metatheatrical riff on Faust produced first at the AXA in Action festival in Prague, and The Dreams in the Witch House, a shadow puppet adaptation of an H. P. Lovecraft novella, created for the Brick's Tiny Theater Festival. Both were remounted together as DEMONOLOGY at the Magic Futurebox in the summer of 2012. Most recently we challenged the limits of the theatrical with MOTHERBOARD, our post-Robocalyptic tragicomedy at The Secret Theater in the fall of 2012.

Darkly funny, emotionally challenging, genre-savvy, character-driven, and loaded with tightly choreographed action and cutting-edge effects, AntiMatter makes sharp-edged work that appeals broadly to non-theater-goers and aficionados alike. Although our work is marked by a finger-on-the-pulse contemporaneity, we are all fundamentally purists to theater's original function: gathering as communities in order to experience our collective stories, and to have a blast while doing so. Stories matter because we tell them, and we tell them because they matter. That illusory, transient significance is a kind of alchemy, making something out of nothing—kind of like theater itself. We think that matters.

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