American Bard Theater Company

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The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.

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Production History

Four By Tenn-four Works By Tennessee Williams In Rotating Repertory  | Open: 04/09/11 Close: 04/23/11
Small Craft Warnings: (1972) In a rundown bar on the Southern California coast, a group of lonely and disparate individuals, rejected by "normal" society, come together in their need for human contact and understanding. Each tells their tale with poetic eloquence and force, revealing a desperate emptiness and inspiring compassion of rare dimension. The characters embody the fears that lurk in all of us, and the frailties that so often make us less than we would wish to be -- both in our hearts and in the eyes of others. (If you have to leave off the last sentence because of lack of space - no problem)

ONE ACTS: A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot (1957) centers on two fading, overdressed doxies, members of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the "Sons of Mars," who hit town for the annual convention. Their search for men and a high old time, lands them in a third rate bar with just enough change for two “fish bowls” of beer. The banter begins, and a hilarious catfight ensues. Summer at the Lake (1937) tells the story of Donald Fenway, a sensitive teenager who feels trapped by his self-absorbed mother and his father’s suggestion that he abandons his plans for college and finds a menial job. The Case of the Crushed Petunias (1941) Dorothy Simple, a prim and proper notions clerk, discovers the culprit who crushed her carefully tended petunias is a salesman for Life Inc. His offerings of poetry, wild rose seeds and an invitation to meet on Highway No. 77 for an evening outing inspire Dorothy to take a leap of faith.


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company

The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.


 

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Four By Tenn: Four Works By Tennessee Williams  | Open: 04/09/11 Close: 04/23/11
Four by Tenn, Four Works by Tennessee Williams is American Bard Theater Company’s tribute to a true
American Bard. Four lesser known plays by one of the most important gay playwrights in the 20th Century are
brought to the stage, each seething or bubbling beneath the surface with sexuality, love, loss, and passion.
Written over a span of 40 years, they provide a dose of his genius, his bold, bawdy jabs at life and his keen
perception of emptiness.

In Small Craft Warnings: (1972) a lonely nomadic woman mourns the loss of her beloved gay brother in a
rundown bar full of social outcasts. A gay man searches for solace and warmth with a confused, naive boy little
more than half his age and finds himself empty still. This group of lonely and disparate individuals, rejected
by “normal” society, comes together in their need for human contact and understanding. Each tells their tale with
poetic eloquence and force, revealing a desperate emptiness and inspiring compassion of rare dimension. The
characters embody the fears that lurk in all of us, and the frailties that so often make us less than we would wish
to be -- both in our hearts and in the eyes of others. This eloquent and deeply affecting play offers our master
playwright at the top of his form.

ONE ACTS:
A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot (1957) centers on two fading, overdressed doxies, members of the
Ladies' Auxiliary of the "Sons of Mars," who hit town for the annual convention. Their search for men and a high
old time, lands them in a third rate bar with barely enough change for beer. The banter begins, and a hilarious
catfight ensues.
Summer at the Lake (1937) tells the story of Donald Fenway, a sensitive teenager who feels trapped by the
ambiguity of his own sexuality, his self-absorbed mother and his father’s suggestion that he abandons his plans
for college and finds a menial job. The play was interpreted by several critics as "an early snapshot" of the

characters and themes that later appeared in Williams' breakthrough 1944 play The Glass Menagerie, which also
focused on a combative mother and a dreamy son bent on escape.

The Case of the Crushed Petunias (1941) Dorothy Simple, a prim and proper notions clerk, discovers the culprit
who crushed her carefully tended petunias is a salesman for Life Inc. His offerings of poetry, wild rose seeds and
an invitation to meet on Highway No. 77 for an evening outing inspire Dorothy to take a leap of faith.

ABTC Artistic Director, Mary Riley has chosen four pieces by Tennessee Williams, as a tribute to what would
be his 100th birthday and because his brilliant use of heighted language is a perfect fit for the company. She
explains, “I read all of his one acts. I was searching for pieces within the style that audiences know and love.
Tennessee Williams’ poetic and lush language is something that I wanted our company to experience. I love the
repertory layout of our spring offering, it's a wonderful taste of some of his lesser known works.”

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King Lear  | Open: 10/18/12 Close: 11/04/12
 

 

Starring Tony Award nominee Stephen Mo Hanan* as King Lear.  In addition to Mr. Hanan, Dev Bondarin will direct a cast of 12, including David L. Carson*, Bryan L. Cohen, Natalie Doyle Holmes, John Graham, Ross Hewitt, Kelly Laurel Zekas, Conrad Schott, Montgomery Sutton*, Cheri Wicks, Dathan B. Williams*, and Tom Wolfson.  AEA Approved Showcase. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association

What are we blind to and what do we see? King Lear gives us a profound look at the relationship between madness and sanity, impiety and devotion, and, most simply: parents and children. The tragedy lies in its vivid dramatization of what happens when choices fueled by fear and greed spiral out of control. With the story of the aging Lear and his three daughters--two wicked and one true--Shakespeare ultimately shows us that honesty and love can challenge the chaos and cruelty that attempts to obliterate it.


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company
The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.
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Measure For Measure  | Open: 11/04/10 Close: 11/13/10
American Bard Theater Company presents

Measure for Measure


-a dark comedy that examines justice and mercy in a city saturated with moral decline and government corruption.

Measure for Measure, American Bard Theater Company's second full length production is a dark comedy that examines justice and mercy in a city saturated with moral decline and government corruption. Measure for Measure will be performed Thursday, November 4th through Saturday, November 13th at the Roy Arias Theater Center, The Payan Theatre, 5th floor. Directed by Natalie Doyle Holmes.

In Measure for Measure, the Bard weaves a tale of power, sex, morality and personal demons that concludes in three weddings and no funerals. Often dubbed a problem play because tragic results loom large, Shakespeare uses disguise, buffoonery and mercy measured against overzealous judgment, treachery and lust to bring this complex story to a happy yet ironic ending.
The director, Natalie Doyle Holmes, explains, "My goal is to help the ensemble take this play, traditionally performed as a heavy drama, and showcase it as the dangerous comedy it truly is. We will be working together to explore the shades of gray in all humans". This production of Measure for Measure allows American Bard Theater Company to bring their talents to serve the play and entertain the audience.

Playing time is 130 minutes with one intermission.

 

Cast list:
 
Duke: Timothy C. Goodwin*
Isabella: Erin Gilbreth*
Angelo: Sam Laakso
Provost: Bryan L. Cohen
Escalus/Francesca: Cheri Wicks
Lucio:  Jack Herholdt*
Mariana/Nun: Mary Riley
Claudio: Stephen Medvidick
Pompey: Bill Galarno*
Mistress Overdone/Friar Thomas:  Ross Hewitt
Froth/Barnadine/Officer: Andrew Oppenheim
Juliet/Elbow/Abhorson/Nun: Lily Warpinski


*denotes member of Actor's Equity Association

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Much Ado About Nothing  | Open: 04/16/10 Close: 05/01/10
In his comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, the Bard weaves an intricate tale of love and deception. There is the sweet, forthright love of Hero and Claudio set against Benedick and Beatrice’s sizzling battle of wits. There is Leonato’s gleeful plotting to spark a romance between Beatrice and Benedick and the cruel hoax contrived by Don John, to plant suspicion, dishonor Hero and spoil the marriage. As described by director, Jefferson Slinkard, “This play is an entertainment. It is a celebration of life and love.” In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s characters summon up love, honor and faith to avert tragedy and inspire the heart.

Cast includes: Bryan L. Cohen, Andrew Eisenman*, Erin Gilbreth*, Tara Henderson, Jack Herholdt*, Ross Hewitt, Natalie Doyle Holmes, Marcus Denard Johnson*, Betina Joly, Damon Kinard*, Graciany Miranda, Clint Morris*,Mary Riley, Evan Scott Schweitzer* and Cheri Wicks. *denotes member of Actor’s Equity.


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Pericles, Prince Of Tyre  | Open: 03/09/12 Close: 04/01/12
Through three storms at sea, five far-away lands and one prince’s lifetime, Pericles, Prince of Tyre is an adventurous, romantic comedy complete with deadly pirates, charming princesses and a hero prince who takes a constant cosmic beating.  In this epic tale, treachery, incest and deadly abuses of power conspire to conquer goodness, love and dignity.  Can hopeful perseverance and good deeds change the world? 

Seldom produced, Pericles was co-authored by William Shakespeare who completed the work of his contemporary, the unscrupulous George Wilkins.  In this 2012 adaptation, the American Bard Artistic Ensemble and guest artists play multiple roles while creating a vivid aesthetic with fabrics, acoustic sounds, original music, and creative puppetry, reflecting the relevant and vital work of an emerging classic theater company in New York City.

From co-director and co-adaptor Natalie Doyle Holmes:  "I'm interested in using as many different theatrical constructs as needed to tell a story.  When I read Pericles, Prince of Tyre I believed there to be the potential to play with a world of theatrical goodies (puppets, music, fabrics, etc.). I saw the script as a gateway into a colorful world of playful textures, sights and sounds.  That's how it grabbed me.  Jack Herholdt and I "adapted" the script to plant a piece of ourselves in the story, make it our own, and feel an even closer connection to the work.  It's still very much Wilkins' and Shakespeare's script, and we like to think of it as Wilkins', Shakespeare's and the American Bard Theater Company's script as well."


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company
The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.
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VISIONARY VOICES: 2 WOMEN WRITERS, 3 BIG STORIES  | Open: 02/15/17 Close: 03/05/17
Three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America’s early twentieth century.

 

Trifles by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff
A "ripped from the headlines" murder-mystery is the inspiration for Glaspell's iconic play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look to the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see course of events that lead to a woman's desperate act.  Director Aimee Todoroff states, “The discussion around the inclusion of women's perspectives in our public discourse, especially in politics and media, has been a hot topic in 2016. In 1916, Susan Glaspell brilliantly created a taught, heart-wrenching mystery that can only be fully understood when the audience shares the women's perspective, illuminating in a visceral way that inclusion is imperative to the human experience. Without women, we're only telling half the story!”

Cast:  Cheri Wicks*, Mel House*, Michael Birch*, Arthur Aulisi*, Chris Harcum*

 

Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner directed by Tonya Pinkins
A lovers quarrel? A nightmare? A dream? The only thing that is certain is that tomorrow is not promised. So Live, Love Now.

Cast: Morgan McGuire, T. Thompson, Carl Fisk

 

The People by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff
The radical newspaper "The People," run by the world-weary Edward Willis and his cynical assistant editor Oscar Tripp, is on the verge of shutting down. As the staff and loyal readers each take comic swipes at why the paper is failing, a mysterious woman from out of town arrives with some much needed inspiration, just in time to save "The People."  The Charlie Hebdo shootings. Breitbart media. Fake news. A ‘post-fact society.’ These issues can feel overwhelming. It's enough to make a person want to give up. Susan Glaspell's humor, wit and experience as a journalist send us a poignant message from exactly 100 years ago…Hope.

Cast: Arthur Aulisi*, Erin Gilbreth*, Chris Harcum*, Carl Fisk, Nihara Nichelle, Sidiki Fofana, Cheri Wicks*, Michael Birch*, Mel House*, Morgan McGuire, T. Thompson, and Madeline Lovegrove

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Showcase.


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company
The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.
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Witches, Bitches!!  | Open: 10/26/09 Close: 10/27/09
WITCHES, BITCHES!! is a concoction of classic and contemporary ingredients brewed and simmered in a cauldron of Halloween ghastliness.

Featuring:  Bryan L. Cohen, Erin Gilbreth*, Tara Hnederson, Jack Herholdt*, Ross Hewitt, Natalie Doyle Holmes, Betine Joly, Damon Kinard*, Mary Riley, Jacob Troy and Cheri Wicks  *denotes members od Actor's Equity

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Witches, Bitches!! A Cauldron Of Selected Scenes  | Open: 10/26/09 Close: 10/27/09
Serving as both title and warning "Witches, Bitches!!" is a concoction of scenes brewed with both Shakespeare and contemporary ingredients and simmered in a cauldron of Halloween ghastliness. This is the inaugural production from the American Bard Theater Company who will impress, and chill you. If you’re tired of stoic staccato scene nights with no meaning or follow through, then come see “Witches, Bitches!”to kick off your Halloween reverie.

 

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