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BARD AT THE GATE Season 3 Announced Featuring 4 Plays by Women, Including US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

BARD AT THE GATE Season 3 Announced Featuring 4 Plays by Women, Including US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo

The season will begin October 19 with Laura Schellhardt’s Shapeshifters.

Four plays by women - including a solo work written and performed by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo - will be featured in the third season of BARD AT THE GATE, the digital theater streaming series created by Paula Vogel in 2020, it has been announced by Ms. Vogel, who continues to produce BARD along with The McCarter Theater Center. Two of the productions are world-premieres. Following their debut dates, all BARD AT THE GATE productions will continue to stream indefinitely.

The season will begin October 19 with Laura Schellhardt's SHAPESHIFTERS (time TBA).

BARD AT THE GATE also announces its continued growth via a new partnership with the popular streaming service BROADWAY ON DEMAND, joining a growing number of commercial productions and regional theaters presenting content on the site, including Vineyard Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Irish Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and Manhattan Theatre Club.

By way of launching its partnership with BARD AT THE GATE, BROADWAY ON DEMAND will begin streaming the entire 2021-22 season of BARD, the series second season starting October 19. Also new this season, BARD patrons will view the Opening night together as part of a live watch party on Zoom, hosted by Paula Vogel, and followed by a Talk Back with members of the play's' creative and production team.

States Ms. Vogel, "I am so excited and proud to continue the partnership between BARD AT THE GATE and the McCarter Theatre. Our third season presents four perceptive, funny and lyrical voices - for women playwrights who have written journeys that explore the experience of women's bodies, women's agencies and women's strategies in worlds that are seen as patriarchal. With wit, determination and compassion as we as a country are at a flashpoint, our writers witness the resiliencies of women's lives."

The 2022-23 BARD season begins with SHAPESHIFTER by Laura Schellhardt, directed by Halena S. Kays. The production will debut on October 19, 2022 (time TBA) as part of a live watch party hosted by Paula Vogel, followed by a Talk Back with members of the SHAPESHIFTER company. A contemporary folktale about restricting the agency of women, SHAPESHIFTER is the story of a young girl grappling with the mysterious loss of her mother. The cast of SHAPESHIFTER features Anita Abdinezhad, Gabriela Torres, Ora Jones, Francis Guinan, Stephen Plunkett, Robbie Tann and Calvin Leon Smith. Ms. Schellhardt's play was previously produced at Brown University and Trinity Rep.

The world-premiere of TENT REVIVAL by Majkin Holmquist is set for January 25, 2023 (time TBA). TENT REVIVAL concerns a family living on the American plains whose fortune appears to change when the father believes he has been chosen as a messenger of God. Director and casting TBA.

CUT by Nikki Massoud, directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, will receive its world-premiere on February 25. CUT is a dark comedy about Samson and his addiction to the Philistine Delilah, who beguiles him with her wit, fury as an outsider and bondage. Casting TBA.

WINGS OF NIGHT/WINGS OF MORNING LIGHT - a solo work written and performed by Joy Harjo - will be given its world premiere on April 19. The 23rd United State Poet Laureate - and the first Native American to hold that honor - Ms. Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Nation and is a key figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance in the late 20th century. She is prolific as a poet, composer and author. WINGS OF NIGHT/WINGS OF MORNING LIGHT blends storytelling, movement, music and poetic language as a healing ceremony that chronicles the challenges young protagonist Redbird faces on her path to self-determination.

BARD co-curator Nicole Watson notes, "To be in the third season of Bard is a gift. To be in conversation with artists about the widening possibilities of how we are using this digital platform to create the work and foster both in person and virtual sharing of the work is exciting. Moreover, to use this medium to support 4 more incredible theatrical voices in Laura, Majkin, Nikki, and Joy: I am beyond excited to produce their work and invite audiences anywhere and everywhere to join us this season."

"We are excited and honored to partner with one of the world preeminent authors Paula Vogel and the illustrious McCarter Theatre Company to bring BATG globally." said Sean Cercone CEO & President of Broadway Licensing. "Our collective passion and commitment to support new playwrights, new work and new voices combined with Broadway On Demand's ability to reach new audiences provides an unprecedented opportunity for these authors. It' a thrilling moment for theatrical innovation."

Co-curated by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony-nominated playwright Paula Vogel and Nicole A. Watson, associate artistic director at McCarter Theater Center, BARD AT THE GATE is one of the leading innovators of digital theater. Borne of the pandemic in 2020, BARD AT THE GATE presents new works - often overlooked, underappreciated, unproduced on stage - and provides easy access to audiences who may be unable to travel, especially during this complicated time in the live performing arts. BARD is produced by Rosey Strub, along with associate producer Ryan Pointer.

To date, BARD AT THE GATE has presented digital productions of eight plays, viewed by thousands worldwide. Season 2 included SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY by Jose Rivera, HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN by Zakiyyah Alexander, Charles Francis CHAN JR.'S EXOTIC ORIENTAL MURDER MYSTERY by Lloyd Suh, and PASSING by Dipika Guha.

Season 3 of BARD AT THE GATE is produced in conjunction with the renowned McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ; Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director; Michael S. Rosenberg, managing director. Milan Eldridge is stage manager. Digital filming and editing by Virtual Design Collective (ViDCo). Creative direction by Jared Mezzochi.

McCarter Theater Center is under the leadership of Sarah Rasmussen, artistic director; Michael S. Rosenberg, managing director.

BARD AT THE GATE is sponsored by its Vanguard Circle: Roz and Jerry Meyer, Sallie B. Goodman Fund, Daryl Roth, Elizabeth Armstrong, Larry Hirschhorn and Melissa Posen.

For performance and ticketing information, visit www.bardatthegate.org

BROADWAY ON DEMAND is the premiere streaming platform offering exclusive livestream events, a wide-ranging library of video on demand content, interactive engagements, and educational resources. It is a virtual performing arts complex offering a variety of programming, including not only Broadway shows and movie musicals but also individual artists, concert series and engaging content from performance venues and theatres around the world.


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