Cardenio approaches!

While most of Seattle is out enjoying a summer that just won't quit, GreenStage's band of theater artists has gone to an undisclosed location to prepare for next month's production of Cardenio. It's dark where they are. It's cold. It's creepy. It's a bloody mess.

CardenioCardenio is by Shakespeare and some of his friends. His dead friends. In the play, a usurping Tyrant’s cold blooded scheme to attain love is chilled when the Lady he craves makes a grave attempt to escape his desires. Gruesome and absurd acts of revenge, murder, suicide, lust, grave robbing, and necrophilia, make this romantic tragedy a Hard Bard experience you will never forget. The whole thing comes from the twisted mind of Tony Driscoll, who invented the Hard Bard concept with our gloriously gory Titus Andronicus back in 2009, and is directing Cardenio this time around. That's Aaron Allshouse as the Tyrant and Nicole Vernon as the Lady in the official Cardenio poster at the left. You just can't look away, can you?!

Cardenio runs at the Center House Theatre in the Armory at Seattle Center Nov. 2-17. As with all GreenStage productions it is absolutely FREE. We recommend reservations, and you can go RIGHT HERE to get them now. There will only be 10 performances of the show over three weeks, so get your reservations ASAP. You don't want to miss out. We have not yet discovered any subject matter that WE find objectionable, but we'd understand if you don't bring the kids.


Do you want to be part of the fun? Advertise in the program for Cardenio! It's inexpensive, and you can reach our large and very sick audience. Check our website for advertising info. The deadline for ads is Oct. 15.


When it comes to Hard Bard, blood is a big expense. You can help, and have a blast doing it! Join us at The Grotto, deep in the red velvet bowels of Seattle's Rendezvous at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 for the Cursed Caravan Blood Benefit. This night of Halloween hoopla will celebrate Cardenio, and general perversity. Tickets are a paltry $7. GET THEM HERE now; they'll be more at the door. Festivities include:

"The Curse Embodied" Costume Contest.  Dress as your favorite dead person or manifest something more dreadful.  Participants please check in by 8:45pm for a chance to win VIP seating at a performance of your choice.

Performance by The Mongrel Jews, a raucous street folk band (and friends of GreenStage) at 10pm. 

Bring plenty of gold to stave off the curse and to support the upcoming production.  Stop by for a drink or stay the for the whole night's journey.  Then make plans to continue the gore and glee with Cardenio performances in November.