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.

 

Bulrusher Re-Release

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. 

 

JUNE 3 - JUNE 9

Bulrusher

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

TICKETS & INFO

Bulrusher: Post-Show Conversation

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.

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Plays of Season 2

Good Goods

 

Sonnets for an Old Century

How to Raise a Freeman

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. 

Make a contribution today

 

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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