Bard at the Gate
Founded and Co-Curated by Paula Vogel
Co-Curated by Nicole A. Watson
Produced by Rosey Strub
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.
To celebrate this new partnership, Eisa Davis' Bulrusher, featured in Season 1 of Bard at the Gate, will be available for streaming starting THURSDAY, JUNE 3 at 8:00PM EST with an interactive Q&A immediately following.
After the encore premiere of Bulrusher on June 3, Eisa Davis (playwright and director), Paula Vogel (Bard at the Gate founder and co-curator), and Valerie Curtis-Newton (Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project) joined 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.WATCH NOW
Plays of Season 2
CREATIVE TEAM & ADVISORY COUNCIL
Founder and Co-Curator
A 1978 Play Plucked From the Slush Pile Gets a Timely New Reading
The New York Times
Matthew Hancock, Abigail Breslin, More Set For Kernel of Sanity Stream
Bard At The Gate: PAULA VOGEL CHAMPIONS PLAYWRIGHTS
The Broadway Blog
Paula Vogel: "Crisis Is Always an Opportunity for Change"
Bard at the Gate is made possible by our generous community of supporters.
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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