Bard to the Bone, BSF’s Shakespeare Appreciation Society, meets every odd-numbered month for a lively conversation about a specific aspect of Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre. 


Enjoy snacks, drinks, and conversation with fellow Shakespeare buffs, and enrich your understanding of the Bard’s work and its relevance to our modern world. 


Held on the 3rd Thursday of alternating months, these events are FREE and begin at 7pm.


January 16, 2020

Henry V: Rabbit or Duck?


The Hundred Years’ War. The Battle of Agincourt. The famous St. Crispin’s Day speech. While many regard Henry V as England's greatest king, others dismiss him as a warmonger. Enjoy a sneak peak of rehearsals for BSF’s production of Henry V, and unpack the manner in which Shakespeare presents this warrior king in the text of the celebrated play. 


March 19, 2020

King Lear: A Serious Difference of Opinion


What exactly is the fuss over King Lear? The great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy complained that the play was filled with "incredible events," "mirthless jokes," "wild ravings" and stated that a person couldn't read it without "aversion and weariness."  So is it Shakespeare's greatest play--or a bore? Let's talk about it! Bonus: participants will sit-in on a portion of rehearsals for BSF’s Original Shakespearean Pronunciation production of King Lear


May 21, 2020

Actors and Audience Interaction in Shakespeare's Time


In school, we all learned about the groundlings at The Globe. But what was it really like to be in an audience at an Elizabethan or Jacobean play?  Did playwrights of the era construct their plays with their audience in mind?  Unpack the similarities and differences between an audience in the 1600s and those of the modern day, and learn more about how BSF’s unique text-based approach seeks to embrace the staging conditions of Shakespeare’s time. 



July 16, 2020

All's Well That Ends Well: Is There a Problem Here?


All's Well That Ends Well is considered to be one of Shakespeare's three (Or six! Depends who you ask!) "Problem Plays." These texts--complicated and ambiguous in tone--resist being neatly categorized alongside the Comedies, Tragedies, and Histories. We will explore the problems within the rarely staged All's Well and debate the various ways Shakespeare’s body of work is classified. 







September  17, 2020

The Tragedy of Mariam: A Celebration of Women


The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland, is the first play ever published by a woman in English (1613).  Noted for its distinctly female perspective on the struggles of women in a male-dominated world, the text is rarely read and almost never performed. In fact, BSF's The Tragedy of Mariam will be the first ever full-length production of the play in the United States! Come for insider info on why this text matters to history and attend part of a rehearsal to see how we stage the shows in our Shakespeare’s Contemporaries Series. 







November 19, 2020

(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?


Is Shakespeare funny in 2020?  We don't want to riff too much on Elvis Costello, but we wonder: Can Shakespeare's plays help illuminate our journey through what can sometimes seem like a wicked world? Even in his darkest plays, Shakespeare relies heavily on humor--though these moments are often cut in modern productions. Let’s delve into those 400-year-old jokes and consider how Shakespeare's comedy techniques relate to modern plays, movies, and television shows.

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