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.

 

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Passing

Written by Dipika Guha
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

In the fifties, on an island colonized by the British, an English couple kidnap a child indigenous to the island. On National Sorry Day the child, now a visual artist, has been asked to participate in the proceedings where “both sides” peaceably reconcile. Passing is a confrontation with a brutally violent history which resists erasure.

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March 10 at 7:30PM

Passing: Post-Show Conversation

A Talk-Back with the play’s cast and creative team will take place live online on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. ASL will be provided for the Post Show discussion.

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Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

Written by Lloyd Suh
Directed by Ralph B. Peña

In 1967, Berkeley grad student Frank Chan and his artist-activist girlfriend Kathy Ching are staging a revolution. Amid the backdrop of ongoing war in Vietnam and a peak in the Civil Rights movement, they devise a wild, impulsive theatrical trip through the history of Asians in America, from the ancestral railways of their forebears to the shameful legacy of Charlie Chan stereotypes.

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How to Raise a Freeman

Written by Zakiyyah Alexander
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

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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Sonnets for an Old Century

Written & Directed by José Rivera

In the afterlife, 18 total strangers face the unknown and answer the question: if you had one statement to make about your life, if you had one last story to tell the universe, what would you say?" From the author of "Marisol" and "The Motorcycle Diaries.

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PAST PERFORMANCES 

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Bulrusher

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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.

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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