August 27th - September 11, 2016 The Temptation of St Antony A euphoric rite of music, dance, and visual theatre.

The ancient ascetic’s 'primordial howl' reverberates into the 21st century, with otherwordly choreography and a transcendent avant-pop score for harp, strings, woodwinds, and junkyard percussion. A sublime multi-sensory meditation on being and belief in the age of information.

A shape-shifting ensemble of actors and musicians will guide you through a carnivale of holy terrors and ecstatic hallucinations...

The secret location, near Grand Central Market, will be revealed to the uninitiated upon booking. The performance runs for 75 minutes. Join us after the show for a late-night line-up of performances from our favorite LA musicians in our transcendental salon, La Bibliothèque Fantastique.


St. Antony has shut himself high up in the inner mountain with only his sacred texts for company. Late at night, mythic phantasms leap out of the pages to challenge his fixed understanding of the universe. Seduced by the Queen of Sheba, hosted by King Nebuchadnezzar, entranced by gnostic shamans, and serenaded by gods, monsters and mythical beasts, Antony's quest flings him between an unknowable past and a terrifying future.


Mat Diafos Sweeney and Ellen Warkentine's score weaves ancient desert timbers and Romantic-era reverie into a soulful and psychedelic dreamscape. The hermit’s cavern resounds with mystic mountain chants and interdimensional spirituals from our acclaimed international ensemble of multi-instrumentalists. This virtuosic chamber orchestra unearths an acoustic shangri-la from classical and folk instruments and a junkpile of found and rediscovered objects, accented by hypnotizing vocals.



Created and Presented by Four Larks

Directed by Matthew Diafos Sweeney and Choreographed with Sebastian Peters-Lazaro

Arranged and Adapted from Gustave Flaubert's La Tentation de St Antoine by Matthew Diafos Sweeney (Concept and Performance Score) & Jesse Rasmussen (Lyrics)

Music by Ellen Warkentine & Matthew Diafos Sweeney

Scenic, Costume, and Properties Design by Sebastian Peters-Lazaro & Regan Baumgarten

Lighting Design by Brandon Baruch

Sound Designed by Danny Echevarria

Promotional Photography by Michael Amico Make-Up by Alessandro Rumie

Max Baumgarten
The Hermit

Esther Hannaford
The Queen of Sheba, Sophia, Cybelle

Paula Rebelo
Ammonaria, Isis, Lust, Death

Zachary Carlisle Sanders
The Gymnosophist, Mani, Apollo

Eli Weinberg
King Nebuchadnezzar, Valentine, Bacchus

Ellen Warkentine
Piano & Clarinet

Danny Echevarria

Prudence Rees-Lee

Matthew Proffitt

Katherine Redlus

Josiah Miller

Best of 2015 KCRW Top Ten Best Ensemble OVATION AWARD Winner Best Music OVATION AWARD Winner Best Production OVATION AWARD Nominee Best Direction OVATION AWARD Nominee Best Choreography OVATION AWARD Nominee Best Design OVATION AWARD Nominee Best Lighting OVATION AWARD Nominee Best Sound STAGE RAW AWARD Winner Best Musical STAGE RAW AWARD Nominee
Best Music Direction STAGE RAW AWARD Nominee Best Choreography STAGE RAW AWARD Nominee Best Lighting Design STAGE RAW AWARD Nominee Best of LA LA WEEKLY 2015 Bitter Lemons BEST PLAYS OF 2015 Top Ten LA Times Critics' Pick LA Weekly "GO!" Stage Raw Top 10 Huffington Post Recommended Best Original Music STAGE RAW AWARD Nominee