Bard at the Gate

OVERVIEW & COMING UP

A simple glance at plays that are ground-breaking: plays that were too ambitious, too quirky, and too smart to be contained.

Strong scripts. Raw talent. New audiences. New Bards.

 

 

Bard at the Gate directly responds to the lack of representation of diverse voices within the American theatrical canon. This uniquely curated virtual reading series is designed to become a widely accessible platform for powerful, overlooked plays by BIPOC, female, LGBTQIA+, and disabled artists.

 

Season 1 (2020-2021)

The plays in Season 1 of Bard at the Gate were chosen by Paula Vogel from among the hundreds and hundreds of scripts she has read and/or mentored over four decades: works that have been overlooked and never produced, along with plays that deserve a wider audience.

 

Season 2 (2021-2022)

Now in a new partnership with McCarter Theatre Center, Bard at the Gate will continue to curate and deliver virtual readings of powerful plays. We plan to produce and stream eight readings over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. Play selection is curated by Paula Vogel, Nicole A. Watson, and the Bard at the Gate Advisory Council, comprised of top leaders in the theater industry from across the country.

 

How to Raise a Freeman Release

To celebrate this new partnership, Zakiyyah Alexander' How to Raise a Freeman, featured in Season 2 of Bard at the Gate, will be available for streaming starting WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 7:30PM EST with an interactive Q&A immediately following. 

 

Premiere on November 3 | 7:30PM

How to Raise a Freeman

A drama about living Black in a White America where every 28 hours a Black Man is killed by police, the play poses the question – how does a middle-class family teach their son to stay alive?

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 at 9:30PM

How to Raise a Freeman: Post-Show Conversation

After the premiere of How to Raise a Free Man on Wednesday, November 3, Zakiyyah Alexander, Reginald L. Douglas, and, Luis Alfarowill join together in a live conversation moderated by Nicole A. Watson (McCarter's Associate Artistic Director and Bard at the Gate co-curator) to discuss their experience with the play and take live questions from the audience.

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PAST PERFORMANCES 

JUNE 3 - JUNE 9

Bulrusher

Explore the cast, creative team, reserve your tickets, and learn more about Bulrusher

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CREATIVE TEAM & ADVISORY COUNCIL

Creative Team
Advisory Council

PRESS

A 1978 Play Plucked From the Slush Pile Gets a Timely New Reading

The New York Times   
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Matthew Hancock, Abigail Breslin, More Set For Kernel of Sanity Stream

Playbill
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Bard At The Gate: PAULA VOGEL CHAMPIONS PLAYWRIGHTS

The Broadway Blog
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Paula Vogel: "Crisis Is Always an Opportunity for Change"

Theatermania
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SPONSORS

Bard at the Gate is made possible by our generous community of supporters. 

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Bard at the Gate Vanguard Circle

Roz and Jerry Meyer   ●   Sallie B. Goodman Fund   ●   Daryl Roth

Elizabeth Armstrong   ●   Larry Hirschhorn and Melissa Posen

 

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