The behind-scenes-blog of Bare Theatre and its affiliates.

“Hark, villains! I will grind your bones to dust…”

…and so goes the revenge of Titus Andronicus as he proceeds to brutally slay the two wicked sons of Tamora, vile queen of the Goths, before baking their remains into pies and feeding them to their mother before savagely stabbing her.
The journey with many of us in Bare Theatre began in the hot summer of 2005 with our production of Titus Andronicus, so it seemed like a good place to start this blog.  I feel safe in saying that everyone involved with that production still gets chills just thinking about it!  It was dark, bloody, horrifying…and an incredible amount of fun!
Bare Theatre had already done a handful of productions since 2001, but the production of Titus changed something.  A week after the show closed, Artistic Director and founder, Carmen-maria Mandley was busy making phone calls asking  who wanted to mount a production of Hamlet in five weeks!  A few months later, in 2006, we were fast at work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and from then on, the company was mounting full seasons on a yearly basis.

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!


Aaron the Moore is sentenced to be buried alive.


One response

  1. Stunning production pic there. Steam Punk Much Ado? Wonderful.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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