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.

 

The 2022-23 BARD season begins with SHAPESHIFTER by Laura Schellhardt, directed by Halena S. Kays. The play will debut on October 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a live watch party, hosted by Paula Vogel, and a Talk Back with members of the SHAPESHIFTER and BARD companies immediately following the premiere. A contemporary folktale about restricting the agency of women, SHAPESHIFTER is the story of a young girl grappling with the mysterious loss of her mother.  The cast of SHAPESHIFTER features Anita Abdinezhad, Gabriela Torres, Ora Jones, Francis Guinan, Stephen Plunkett, Robbie Tann and Calvin Leon Smith.  Ms. Schellhardt’s play was previously produced at Brown University and Trinity Rep. 

 

 

Season 3 (2022-2023)

BARD AT THE GATE announces 3rd season: 4 plays by women, including U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
Season begins October 19 with SHAPESHIFTER by Laura Schellhardt
Also new this season: all productions streamed by BROADWAY ON DEMAND.

 

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.

 

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.

CREATIVE TEAM & ADVISORY COUNCIL

Creative Team
Advisory Council

PRESS

Paula Vogel's Streaming Theatre Series Bard at the Gate Reveals 2022-23 Season

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

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Matthew Hancock, Abigail Breslin, More Set For Kernel of Sanity Stream

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Bard At The Gate: PAULA VOGEL CHAMPIONS PLAYWRIGHTS

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Paula Vogel: "Crisis Is Always an Opportunity for Change"

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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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