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Avant Bard Announces 30th Anniversary Season Avant Bard Announces 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2019

WSC Avant Bard, celebrating 30 years of thoughtful, provocative work, announces three mainstage productions including a spring repertory, as well as an upcoming benefit featuring comic poetry readings from local acting icons Holly Twyford and Rick Foucheux. (more...)

BWW Interview: Matt Minnicino of A MISANTHROPE at WSC Avant Bard BWW Interview: Matt Minnicino of A MISANTHROPE at WSC Avant Bard
by Jack Read - May 21, 2019

WSC Avant Bard's Script in Play Festival, started in 2016, has been an opportunity to test out shows for full production treatment through the guise of a series of staged readings and post-play discussions. Written and performed by rising professional talent, these readings have led to some memorable productions, including new versions of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night and Lauren Gunderson's hit Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight. In 2017, a reading of playwright Matt Minnicino's 'distillation' - not 'adaptation,' as we get into below - of Moliere's The Misanthrope was performed. Written entirely in rhyming couplets, it follows a professional cynic who falls in love with an ingenue, and finds his devotion to insincerity tested. Now, it's the capper of Avant Bard's 29th season. I spoke to Minnicino about his career thus far, the adaptation process, and why audiences should be excited for this show. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For A MISANTHROPE Avant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For A MISANTHROPE
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2019

Avant Bard Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for its season finale, A MISANTHROPE, a world premiere adaptation of Moliere's The Misanthrope by Manhattan-based playwright Matt Minnicino, directed by Megan Behm in her Avant Bard debut. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Sudden Casting Change For TOPDOG/UNDERDOG Avant Bard Announces Sudden Casting Change For TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2019

Avant Bard has announced that Khalil Kain has had to withdraw from the cast of TOPDOG/UNDERDOG due to unforeseen personal circumstances. But Avant Bard is happy to announce that Jeremy Keith Hunter has joined the production. Jeremy will play opposite Louis E. Davis in the Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy by Suzan-Lori Parks about two African American brothers grappling for destiny. The production runs from March 14 to April 14, 2019, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two in Arlington. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces 2019 SCRIPTS IN PLAY FESTIVAL Avant Bard Announces 2019 SCRIPTS IN PLAY FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2019

Avant Bard theatre is proud to announce the 2019 edition of Scripts in Play Festival, its signature play-reading series, February 8 to 24, 2019. This year's selection features seven plays over two weekends followed by a weekend-long encore presentation of the 2018 Capital Fringe hit A Two Woman Hamlet in full production. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces 2019 Scripts In Play Festival Avant Bard Announces 2019 Scripts In Play Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2019

Avant Bard theatre is proud to announce the 2019 edition of Scripts in Play Festival, its signature play-reading series, February 8 to 24, 2019. This year's selection features seven plays over two weekends followed by a weekend-long encore presentation of the 2018 Capital Fringe hit A Two Woman Hamlet in full production. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Avant Bard's ILLYRIA Photo Flash: First Look at Avant Bard's ILLYRIA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2018

Avant Bard presents the world premiere of ILLYRIA, or What You Will, freely adapted from Twelfth Night by Jonelle Walker and Mitchell Hebert, and directed by Mitchell Hebert. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For ILLYRIA Avant Bard Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For ILLYRIA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2018

Avant Bard theatre announces the full cast and creative team for its 2018/2019 season opener, Illyria, or What You Will, freely adapted from Twelfth Night by Jonelle Walker and Mitchell Hebert and directed by Mitchell Hebert. Illyria reimagines Shakespeare's comedy of mixed-signal love as a bohemian cabaret set in a Manhattan dive bar in the early 1980s, where identity, sex, and gender are what you will-and habitues find freedom to be who they truly are. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces 2018-2019 Season Avant Bard Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

For its 29th season of making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly announces three mainstage productions featuring classic comedies by Shakespeare and Moliere newly adapted for now, plus a contemporary classic by Suzan-Lori Parks. In keeping with the company's core commitment to affordability and access to timeless classics, Avant Bard also announces a new policy making Pay What You Will tickets available for every performance. (more...)

Avant Bard Responds To Immigrant Family Crisis Avant Bard Responds To Immigrant Family Crisis
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018

Avant Bard today announces its 'Welcome Tempest-Tossed Campaign': For the final weekends of its production of THE TEMPEST, Avant Bard commits to donating one-half of all full-price ticket proceeds to RAICES Texas to provide legal and educational services to refugees and immigrants at the southern border, including removal defense, services for DACA candidates, and services for unaccompanied children. (more...)

Avant Bard To Conjure A TEMPEST For Our Changed Climate Avant Bard To Conjure A TEMPEST For Our Changed Climate
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

Culminating its 28th season making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly presents Shakespeare's classic comedy THE TEMPEST at Gunston Arts Center May 31 to July 1, 2018, directed by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt. (more...)

Photo Flash: Avant Bard Mounts THE TEMPEST Photo Flash: Avant Bard Mounts THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2018

Culminating its 28th season making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly presents Shakespeare's classic comedy The Tempest directed by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt, now playing at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two to July 1, 2018. Get a first look at the production below! (more...)

Avant Bard To Conjure A TEMPEST For Our Changed Climate Avant Bard To Conjure A TEMPEST For Our Changed Climate
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2018

Culminating its 28th season making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly presents Shakespeare's classic comedy THE TEMPEST at Gunston Arts Center May 31 to July 1, 2018, directed by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt. (more...)

Avant Bard To Conjure A TEMPEST For Our Changed Climate Avant Bard To Conjure A TEMPEST For Our Changed Climate
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

Culminating its 28th season making theatre on the edge, Avant Bard proudly presents Shakespeare's classic comedy THE TEMPEST at Gunston Arts Center May 31 to July 1, 2018, directed by Artistic and Executive Director Tom Prewitt. (more...)

Photo Flash: Avant Bard Revives THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Photo Flash: Avant Bard Revives THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2018

Avant Bard's acclaimed up-close and unplugged production of The Gospel at Colonus reopens with some exceptional new talents on board-including a gospel recording artist and a drummer who worked on Black Panther. (more...)

Revival Of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Features Fresh New Faces Revival Of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Features Fresh New Faces
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

Avant Bard's acclaimed up-close and unplugged production of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS reopens with some exceptional new talents on board-including a gospel recording artist and a drummer who worked on Black Panther. (more...)

Kenton Rogers To Headline GOSPEL AT COLONUS Revival Kenton Rogers To Headline GOSPEL AT COLONUS Revival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

Well-known gospel recording artist Kenton Rogers has joined the cast of Avant Bard's revival of The Gospel at Colonus, a critical and audience hit last season. Rogers--an actor, singer, and ordained preacher--will headline The Gospel at Colonus in the role of Singer Oedipus along with local civic legend William T. Newman Jr., who returns as Preacher Oedipus. (more...)

Gospel Recording Artist Kenton Rogers to Headline Avant Bard's Revival of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Gospel Recording Artist Kenton Rogers to Headline Avant Bard's Revival of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

Well-known gospel recording artist Kenton Rogers has joined the cast of Avant Bard's revival of The Gospel at Colonus, a critical and audience hit last season. Rogers-an actor, singer, and ordained preacher-will headline The Gospel at Colonus in the role of Singer Oedipus along with local civic legend William T. Newman Jr., who returns as Preacher Oedipus. (more...)

THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Returns in All its Glory THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS Returns in All its Glory
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Avant Bard's acclaimed production of The Gospel at Colonus, a critical and audience favorite a year ago, returns in all its glory to Gunston Arts Center February 22 to March 25, 2018. The exhilarating African American musical will again star renowned Arlington actor and judge William T. Newman (pictured above) in the role of Oedipus. (more...)

Avant Bard Announces Extension Of EMILIE by Lauren Gunderson Avant Bard Announces Extension Of EMILIE by Lauren Gunderson
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Avant Bard announces a one-week extension of Emilie: La Marquise Du Ch telet Defends Her Life Tonight. The comic drama about 18th-century scientific genius Emilie Du Ch telet--written by Lauren Gunderson, today the most-produced playwright in America--continues through November 19, 2017, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two in Arlington, VA. 'When we began the run, few folks knew much at all about Emilie Du Ch telet,' said Tom Prewitt, Artistic and Executive Director. 'And no wonder. One of the most brilliant mathematicians who ever lived, Emilie had become a 'hidden figure' in history, a woman remembered if at all as the lover of a great man, Voltaire. Happily that has changed for audiences who have seen Gunderson's whip-smart play and are blown away by the passionate genius they get to know. (more...)

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