After a banner year in 2014, we continue to grow and challenge ourselves in new ways and in new spaces. This Year of the Goat will be a time of bold choices and new directions!
Here is a preview of what’s to come…
March 19 – April 4, 2015
Alizarin Gallery, Durham
We open 2014 with one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works, Measure for Measure. Typically categorized as a “problem play,” it focuses on ethics and morality and the appearance of morality.
Director Bev Schieman transports the play from its original setting in Vienna to a 1920’s Paris – a scene of artistic and sexual liberation during a time of repression. Drawing on the Parisian tradition of artists gathering in studios and out-of-the-way galleries to share their art and ideas without the watchful eye of the government, we stage this play in an upstairs gallery in downtown Durham.
Be on the lookout for street performers outside the gallery, drawing in folks to a uniquely intimate experience.
June 19 – 27, 2015
Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre
This summer will mark our third year co-producing Shakespeare in the Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre. After exploring some lesser-known titles on a grand scale, this year we’re going big with the dark tale of Macbeth.
Seasoned actress Rebecca Blum helms one of her favorite plays (she played Lady M in Bare Theatre’s 2006 production) and adds her own spin. This original re-cut of the script adds a new family dimension and strengthens the bonds between characters, while still remaining true to the text and sense of the work.
Get ready for a bold and bloody show under the stars!
North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh
We’ve always wanted to do a Shakespeare-themed haunted house, and this idea has been around since the first few seasons. The timing finally seemed right, and now we think we’ve found the perfect location.
The walking trail at the North Carolina Museum of Art is a beautiful pairing of nature and public art. NCMA is one of the real treasures of Raleigh and the state, and the trail offers many possibilities.
Bare Theatre will create a haunted trail based on the witches, ghosts, and bloodiest moments of Shakespeare. Audiences will experience villains and scenes from the darkest tragedies intermingled with the large-scale public art installations along the walkway.
This promises to be unforgettable.
November 6 – 21, 2015
Common Ground Theatre, Durham
At the close of 2015, we will revisit the play that began full seasons of Bare Theatre back in 2005: Titus Andronicus. Often cited as Shakespeare’s “bloodiest play,” it is extremely dark, and yet has a twisted sense of humor.
Former Artistic Director of Bare Theatre, Heather J. Strickland, will direct an all-female cast AND crew. Through a series of workshops and activities, the cast will explore themes of family, trust, power and competition among women and examine the script through that lens. How do women build each other up and tear each other down? These women will tackle those questions and more in this thrilling production.
This is just some of what’s in store for the year. We are also looking at returning to Historic Stagville with Let Them Be Heard and of course, we’ll be out in force at SPARKcon’s tenth anniversary!
Stay tuned. It’s going to be a great year!
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