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 Little Creek 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.
Bard in the Yard III Theme Announced
Executive Writer John Wright and Director Frank L. Sawyer are pleased to announce the theme for next summer's third installment of the 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 throughout the year for more info about BITY III!
BITY III: Beyond the Veil
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 II welcomes the Silver Stage Players as our co-executive Producers for the second 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!
I would like to take the time to announce that Great Basin College has officially become a co-producing agent for this year's Bard in the Yard II production. They are donating $200 in printing from their Media Services department to help promote our show. I would like to thank and welcome Fine Arts and Humanities Department Chair, Dr. Gretchen Skivington, Administrative Assistant III for English Kass Toney, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mike McFarlane for their support of our project. Please express your gratitude to our new team members when you get the opportunity. Welcome to the Bard in the Yard family!
GBC and SSP announce auditions for The Pirates of Penzance. Read more here!
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."
"I really enjoyed the creativity of intertwining Puck's roll throughout the scene excerpts. It all flowed nicely and the combination of scenes worked well with the theme. I also enjoyed the use of the entire "stage". Not only was it a beautiful and comfortable setting, the utilization of the whole space engaged the audience was both unexpected and entertaining. Can't wait to see it again next week!"
-Kassandra Toney, Great Basin College
"Rehearsal was indeed a magical experience, as actors in doublets and long gowns strode across the grounds pontificating their whims and woes."
-Cynthia Delaney Freelance Correspondent Elko Daily Free Press
"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, Great Basin College
"Yes, it's that good."
-Richard Hooton, Great Basin College
Bard in the Yard II is in production. Catch a performance on September 18, 20, 21. All shows begin at 7 PM, house opens at 6:30 PM and tickets are an amazing $5. That's $5 for a 2-hour Shakespeareapalooza!
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