What is Hard Bard
Pictured - Nicole Vernon in Titus Andronicus; Orion Protonentis in Titus Andronicus; Patrick Bentley in The Revenger's Tragedy; Amelia Meckler in Cardenio; Ryan Spickard as Macbeth
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.