Current Production 

HOUSE OF BARD'S - June 16-20

Expertly curated excerpts from Shakespeare’s works, examining some of his greatest political moves, motives and actions, are combined with original scripting in this new production designed to reveal that our political climate and what we choose as entertainment are not specific to the modern era. This collaborative effort, based on a concept by Bren Rapp, with original scripting by Jeff Swearingen and Shakespearean text compiled by scholar Lance Lusk and dramaturg Kyle Eric Bradford, seamlessly blends old and new finding the thread of what has captivated audiences for centuries in the nature of man and his quest for power.  Directed by Andy Baldwin.
 
 In HOUSE OF BARD’S, a group of friends set out to binge watch the hottest new show streaming on Netflix, House of Bard’s. As they struggle to find the time to catch on to this new social phenomenon (think the Making of a Murderer frenzy) and battle a bevy of “first world problems” the audience not only follows their story but gets to watch the highlights of this new political thriller of a series. House of Bard’s, the series, tells the tale of a couple’s rise to power with its own plot lines, twist and turns including healthy doses of political intrigue, schemes, scandals and questionable acts. Imagineered by Jeff Swearingen, there is one catch. All of the dialogue is that of William Shakespeare’s works. Pulling from King Lear, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Othello, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus and more, Season 1 of House Bard’s is the “play within our play”. Through its original characters and plot development, the audience views the arc of politics: the rise to, reign in and decline of power. The ever so Shakespearean concept of the play within a play, presented in the context of the new medium of streaming episodics, yet comprised of words written hundreds of years ago, is designed to lead the audience to realize that as long as there have been lands to conquer and people to rule, there has been politics and shortly thereafter, politics as entertainment.  (Slight homage to the Netflix Original Series House of Cards and to the original Shakespearean works make this a must see for fans of both as well as easily accessible to those with no knowledge of either).

 

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 Coming Soon

 

Catch Fun House at The Festival of Independent Theatres this July 9th- 29th.  12 year old Alex Duva anchors a cast of some of our best and brightest as Rush Limbaugh in a uproariously irreverent comedy about the world’s most famous politically conservative mouthpiece and his fictional, disastrous brush with liberalism during the pinnacle of his fame in the late 1990’s. More information and ticket sales link coming in June.

 


Features

 

A great piece about how we do what we do from Shelby Allison Hibbs in the national web publication Howlround.com


 

 

Check out our D Magazine write-up from Liz Johnstone
Training the next best actors in Dallas...
Photo credit Elizabeth Lavin


 


Check out our Best of Dallas write-up from Elaine Liner in The Dallas Observer
About our biz from one of the best in the biz, Elaine Liner
Photo credit Stanton Stephens

 

 

Check Us Out in This Feature by Mark Lowry on Theaterjones.com

Learn a little about what we do, why we do it, and how from the editor-in-chief of TheaterJones, Mark Lowry.  
Featuring some of our talented young actors, its a great read.

Photo credit: Robert Hart





 

Coming Soon

 

House of Bard's

 

Collaboratively created by Bren Rapp, Jeff Swearingen, Lance Lusk, and Kyle Eric Bradford
6.16-6.20


 

Charlie Varon's Rush Limbaugh in Night School

 

At the Festival of Independent Theatres

 

7.9-7.29


Jeff Swearingen’s

Old McDonald’s Farm- A Children’s Fable about The Obama Presidency

8.17-8.25  * part of our repertory run

 

Wendy Weiner’s 

Hillary- A Modern Greek Tragedy with a ( Somewhat) Happy Ending

8.17-8.25 * part of our repertory run

 

 

John Larson’s Adaptation of  
The Manchurian Candidate

10.28-11.5

 

 

Jeff Swearingen’s 

Ultimate Holiday Experience

12.2-12.10

Awards

 

Special Citation 2015-John Garcia’s The Column Awards

Best New Play of 2014: "Stiff" - DFW Critic's Forum
Dallas Observer 2014 Best Director: Jeff Swearingen 

2013 Mastermind Award - 
The Dallas Observer

Best Theatre Company 2013 -
The Dallas Observer

Best Play of 2013 - DFW Critic's Forum

Best Director of 2013 - DFW Critic's Forum

Special Citation 2013 - DFW Critics's Forum

Steve Lovett Outstanding New Work by a Local Playwright- Column Awards 2014

Best Children's Theatre 2012 -
The Dallas Observer

 

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Actor's Exploration Series

The Actor’s Exploration Series is aimed at challenging our young actors while pushing the boundaries of what audiences expect to see from “children’s theater”. Going beyond the traditional models of youth productions, our Actor’s Exploration Series centers on giving young actors the opportunity to explore complex material and for audiences to be exposed to playwrights, dramatic formats and subject matter not thought of as children’s fare. It is an unparalleled educational opportunity for the next generation of actors and an entertainment option for the theatrically savvy as well as those just being introduced to the art of theatre.

 

Next up in the series, Sam Shepherd's True West