This unique project, featuring excerpts from a host of William Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies, was first conceived by director Frank L. Sawyer in 2011. During a conversation with Duncan LittleCreek Gallery’s Jacques Errecart, Joan and Jennifer Anderson about the idea, they asked if the show could be staged in their backyard. Frank thought this a wonderful synergy of the Bard, a beautiful outdoor setting, and the artsy atmosphere of DLC. Add to this a catchy title created by cast member Heidi DuSoleil, and Bard in the Yard evolved from concept to production. BITY I focused on the romantic comedies exploring themes of love!
2013’s version of BITY turned it's attention to the battle of the sexes. Life, love, death, and happiness shall all hang in the balance as we explore the machinations of all things male and female and attempt to answer the age old question; who will win the battle of the sexes? Performances were held in September and featured passages from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labours Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble; poison and potions with mystical power; gods and ghosts, hexes and faeries, the realm of man our marionette, turning women into witches and men into monsters; tempered with love and a bit of mischief, to cull the madness of humanity.
Executive Writer John Wright and Director Frank L. Sawyer are pleased to announce the theme for the third installment of this extremely popular and successful Shakespeare project, Bard in the Yard. Bard in the Yard III is scheduled for a summer 2015 show run. Stay tuned for more info about BITY III!
Join us on a journey of the macabre and the mischievous, the weird and the whimsical as we explore what lies beyond the tapestry of human knowledge and existence. Is there more to life than just us? How can we possibly predict what will happen when the worlds of the supernatural and humankind intersect?
Bard in the Yard III welcomes the Silver Stage Players as our co-executive Producers for the third time! SSP has a nearly 80 year history of bringing theater to northern Nevada. We are so very happy to be working with the area's most decorated theater company!
Here's what people are saying about GBC, DLC, and SSP's Bard in the Yard II:
"The Bard in the Yard was awesome! Good job Puck!" -Melissa Saumer Coker
"You have an amazing performance and a great production Very impressive show from an amazing cast." -Betsy Brian
"I really enjoyed the creativity of intertwining Puck's roll throughout the scene excerpts. Can't wait to see it again next week!" -Kassandra Toney, Great Basin College
"STELLLAAAAARRRRR! Richard has been to the Globe. I've been to Tahoe many times, seen Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet on Broadway, a summer of Chicago theater/ Shakespeare, every time I could see the Bard at Utah, Davis, Berkeley (need I go on, Frank?). I'm positively god-smacked." -Dr. Gretchen Skivington, GBC
"Yes, it's that good." -Richard Hooton, GBC