Hard Bard hiatus
We know die-hard Hard Bard fans are clamoring for details about this year's show, and we hate to disappoint—we love a bloody good fracas as much as anybody—but we’re taking a break from Hard Bard this year.
The reason is simple—money.
Over the last year we’ve had significant increases in our costs, particularly for storage of costumes, props, swords, and other implements of Shakespearean magic. On top of that, Hard Bard productions are a little more costly than our park shows. Renting a theater space is pricey, and stage blood isn't free. Given that, and our commitment to never charge admission for our plays, Hard Bard simply did not pencil out for this year.
HARD BARD WILL BE BACK! This is not the end of the line for a series that has brought you hilariously violent versions of Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Cardenio, and The Bachhae. We’ll be spending the next few months raising funds and scaring up sponsors in order to jumpstart Hard Bard again for 2015. You can help give the gift of great, bloody theater by making a contribution to GreenStage today.
Tell your friends. Go see a play.
Now watch a little video about HARD BARD
HARD BARD is GreenStage's annual Halloween show that takes place indoors. Always FREE to attend. But you might get stage blood on you.
Hard Bard is hyper-reality: there are no small moments, characters, or actions. Passions run hotter. Hearts swell fuller. Stakes rise higher. And vengeance is served colder. Where Hamlet would have us “hold the mirror up to nature”, Hard Bard would have us hold a magnifying glass. When magnified, our perception of an image becomes distorted, grotesque, or even a bit silly, but the image itself doesn’t change. Approaching a script in this way opens up new possibilities for understanding and discovering the play, our world, each other, and ourselves.
The world created in any theatrical endeavor should be honest and inhabited by real people. Hard Bard seeks to heighten that world beyond our reality while maintaining honesty.
We have also found that when the script calls for blood, more is better.
HARD BARD SHOWS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO CONTAIN SUICIDE, LUST, REVENGE, MURDER, RAPE, MUTILATION, DISMEMBERMENT, BEHEADINGS, SINGING, INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE, BAD TOUCHING, NECROPHILIA, PENNY WHISTLES, ADULTERY, GAY AND LESBIAN THEMES, INCEST, PLEATHER, CANNIBALISM, LOTS OF BLOOD, EXECUTIONS, HOOTENANNIES, AND VERY BAD CLOWNS. Probably not suitable for children, but hey, they're your kids. There will be blood; the front row (at least) is a splash zone. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
HARD BARD History
1995 - Titus Andronicus - the show that started it all
2009 - Titus Andronicus - the original production restaged under the HARD BARD brand
2010 - Macbeth - Complete with barbershop quartet cheekily named "The Minor Thanes"
2011 - The Revenger's Tragedy - pitting Punk Rock against Emo
2012 - Cardenio - Shakespeare's lost play... written with help of his friends...his dead friends.
2013 - The Bacchae - GreenStage goes Greek!