“Hark, villains! I will grind your bones to dust…”
Over the past seven years, we have performed over half of Shakespeare’s plays (it will be 20 this fall), as well as works by Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard. In the past two years, we have added collections of one-act plays by a handful of local and up-and-coming contemporary playwrights.
We have killed each other in terrible ways – stabbing, strangling, beheading. We have dueled with swords, rapiers, daggers, and even the occasional nunchucks. It wasn’t all agony and murder – there’s been plenty of romance and lust, and a ton of laughs.
Bare Theatre gets its name from our approach to staging plays. As Shakespeare’s company did, we use bare stages with minimal or no sets. The focus is on the actors, the text, and the emotions that drive the characters to fall in love or kill each other. We try to find the honesty in our actors’ portrayals, finding the common ground between what moves the characters and what we are moved by. We aim to craft an experience that is intimate, visceral, and unforgettable.
Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes photos and anecdotes as we enter Season VII! We will be doing a steampunk version of Much Ado About Nothing in October and we have more modern one-acts coming up in winter!