Commedia Beauregard's BARD FICTION Opens Tonight
Following their hit holiday show A Klingon Christmas Carol, Commedia Beauregard is pleased to present the return of its wildly popular dark comedy BARD FICTION, a Shakespearean retelling of Quentin Tarantino's cult film classic Pulp Fiction, written by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer, Brian Watson-Jones and the collaborative efforts of the Pulp Bard Wiki and directed and choreographed by Artistic Director Christopher Kidder-Mostrom. BARD FICTION will play tonight, July 10 - August 2, 2015 at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.cbtheatre.org or by calling the box office at (312) 487-1893. The press opening is tonight, July 10 at 8 pm.
BARD FICTION will feature Josh Zagoren and Steven Stinson in the roles created by John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson - though, this time, in Shakespearean verse. Other returning cast members include Clark Bender, Jackie Davies, Zach Livingston and Reggie Vaughn with newcomers Greg Callozzo, Alex Glossman, Nicole Jordan, Brenda E. Kelly, Ali Kidder-Mostrom, Vivian Knouse, Kristin Larsen, Chris Lysy, Joshua Simpson, Abby Stark and Max Tomaszewsk.
BARD FICTION takes the characters and story from Tarantino's classic film and makes them a part of the London underworld in Elizabethan England. It's pop-culture meets high-culture and the result is exciting for fans of Shakespeare and Pulp Fiction alike. Commedia Beauregard regularly performs plays translated from one language to another (A Klingon Christmas Carol, Machiavelli's The Mandrake), however this time they will be bring to the stage a play translating between art forms and eras.
BARD FICTION was an Internet sensation from the moment the idea surfaced from writers Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones. The project attracted contributions via the Pulp Bard Wiki from as far away as New Zealand. A one-hour version was presented by Tedious Brief Productions at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2009. Three years later, Commedia Beauregard commissioned BARD FICTION as an expanded, full-length play.
"We originally produced Bard Fiction in 2012 at the Greenhouse Theater and it was a huge hit for us," comments Commedia Beauregard Artistic Director Christopher Kidder-Mostrom. "We've been talking about a remount ever since the first run closed - now the stars have finally aligned and we're excited to be back. We're also thrilled to have many of the original cast members back, especially Josh Zagoren who puts his own unique and creative spin on the iconic role originated by John Travolta" adds Kidder-Mostrom.
The production team for BARD FICTION includes: Devon Mackay (scenic design), kClare Kemock and Jackie Daniels (costume design), Liz Cooper (lighting design), Joe Griffin (sound design and score) Vivian Knouse (props), Marc Malnekoff and Brenda E. Kelly (weapons), Zach Livingston (fight choreography) and Hazel Flowers-McCabe (stage manager).