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BARD FEST 2024. -
 The Final Season

A Season of Choices

The key to programming any season of theater is to dedicate yourself to curiosity. This becomes especially important when talking about Classical Theater. Why are these stories so important to American citizens today? This season, the answer lies in civic engagement. The presidential election will weigh heavily on the minds of our audience members this Fall, which is why we are choosing to present a season of plays that investigate what it means to take action and how those actions influence the way you perceive yourself or others perceive you.

MACBETH

By William Shakespeare

Edited and Directed by Christine Gordon

IndyFringe Basile Theatre

October 11 - 20

The season will open with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Certainly, one of Shakespeare’s most popular works, this mystifying drama about fate, family, and control is known for its iconic trio of witches and impactful language about the effects of guilt on the human condition. Emerging director and current Div(x)Fest fellow at IndyFringe, Christine Gordon will take audiences to a magical theatrical world where some of Shakespeare’s most complex characters are caught in a vital conflict between nature and nurture.

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Produced by: Jenn Robinson

ANDERSEN: A FAIRY TALE LIFE

An Original Musical

 

written by June McCarty Clair, with Lyrics by John Clair, and music by Derek Hakes

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The Shelton Auditorium

October 18 - 27

The second opening of the season will be a soaring new musical from local writing duo June and John Clair. After a highly-successful run in Topeka, Kansas, they are thrilled to showcase their incredible new story about fame and fantasy to Indianapolis with a cast of local performers. This stunningly beautiful musical tale follows the young life of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen as he pursues a life of celebrity and imagination on the path to becoming himself. This will be Bard Fest’s first adventure in reimagining classic tales through contemporary music.

Produced by: Glenn Dobbs 

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

By William Shakespeare, adapted by Dana Lesh

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Arts for Lawrence

November 2 - 10

Established community theater leader and Shakespeare enthusiast Dana Lesh will close our season with one of Shakespeare’s most talked-about comedies. Presented in stunning Elizabethan style with an eye for modern context, Lesh explores the relationship between Shakespeare’s witty and willful heroine, Katharine, and her dutiful sister, Bianca, as they sharply navigate a world that was built to work against them. With a comedic structure, and uproarious interactions, The Taming of the Shrew maintains an unnerving undertone throughout the characters’ rowdy march down the aisle… What does perfection look like when every choice you make affects your chances of survival?

Director: Dana Lesh
Produced by: Glenn Dobbs

Bard Fest is made possible in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED ? 

Our directors will be looking to fill out their production teams in the next few weeks. With mentorship playing a significant role in our programming this year, these are great opportunities for student designers and technical staff, and emerging, early-career professionals looking to build up their portfolio. 

WANT TO ASSIST ONE OF THESE PRODUCTIONS?

Assistant Directors and Stage Managers will play a HUGE role in getting this season up on its feet. With dozens of stipend opportunities, this is the perfect playground to experiment and grow as a creator of classical theatre. If you are interested in working with one of these productions, email a letter of intent and a resume to firstfolioplayers@gmail.com

CURIOUS ABOUT AUDITIONS?

Auditions for Bard Fest 2024 will happen this Summer, at the end of June and beginning of July. Unlike in previous years, pre-casting will be limited for each production, so MOST ROLES WILL BE AVAILABLE. Check back for more information soon.

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