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  1. Shakespeare's Richard III (Apr 19) 6 days. Apr-12th to Apr-19th

     Thu, Apr 19th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    In a Unique Production adapted by Katy Brown ~~ The deceptive and sadistic Richard, Duke of Gloucester, stops at nothing to become King. With intelligence, political brilliance, and dazzling use of language, he keeps his subjects and rivals under his thumb.... you might even start to feel a little pressure yourself. Don’t miss this engaging and refreshing production in an original adaptation by Barter’s Shakespeare expert.~~ What is new and unique for this production? The Director Katy Brown shares her excitement, “For Richard III, we didn’t want a polite, passive night of theatre— we wanted to give people an experience they’ve never had before. One of the wonderful things about Richard III is how he comes from where we least expect him and how he spends the show wooing the audience, so we are putting the audience in the middle of the action. Much of the audience will sit on stage, and the action will take place all around them and even up in the seats with the rest of the audience. At the Globe in London, the actors often come into the audience area and do entire scenes— this is Shakespeare as it was intended: surprising, visceral, fun and dangerous.”~~ Download study guide. ~~ Director's Notes One of the most exciting things about Shakespeare’s take on Richard III is the way it changes: it shifts under your fingers, and it adjusts the way you see. In the midst of so much war between the houses of Lancaster and York, there is finally a moment of peace. Edward, Richard’s brother, has become King, and with a sigh of relief, the world puts down its swords. And then, from the most unexpected place, comes a voice we didn’t even know was there. Richard, who is barely in line for the throne (he has two brothers and two nephews in front of him), who is misshapen inside and out, who is hated even by his mother, who has never been considered in any way before, Richard speaks to us. He enlists us, woos us, and gets us to see the world as he sees it. He wins us and he wins the people around him to his side, and he makes sense of each action he takes to get the crown that he sees as rightfully his. He tells us where to look and what to believe—we are his confidants and his mirror. We are complicit in his every move; we cannot look away, even as his tactics shift darker and darker.~~ Let me be clear: I’m not after a well-behaved night at the theatre. I’m after something more fun and more liberating than that. I want to put you in the middle of the action and invite the unexpected among us. And if this goes as I hope, you will make friends with Richard, and he will change the way you see and the directions you look. He will unsettle and horrify you. He will make you laugh. And, perhaps, he may allow you see something about yourself and the people we allow to lead us that you hadn’t noticed before. Such is the power of perspective in Richard’s hands and in Shakespeare’s hands. Such is the power of perspective in your hands.~~ Cast & Credits Cast Richard the Duke of Gloucester: Andrew Hampton Livingston ~~ Clarence/Buckingham/Richmond/etc: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Lord Hastings/Lady Anne/Tyrell/Blunt/etc: Kim Morgan Dean ~~ King Edward/Stanley/Duchess of York/Lord Mayor/etc: Tricia Matthews ~~ Queen Elizabeth/Catesby/etc: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Lord Rivers/Prince Edward/Brakenbury/Bishop of Ely/etc: Mary Lucy Bivins ~~ Queen Margaret/York/Ratcliff/etc: Hannah Ingram ~~ Collaborators Director: Katy Brown ~~ Set Designer: Derek Smith ~~ Costume Designer: Lee Martin ~~ Lighting Designer: Camille Davis ~~ Props Designer: Helen Stratakes ~~ Sounds Designer: Tony Angelini ~~ Fight Choreographer: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Stage Manager: Sara Douglas ~~ Sponsor: In Memory of Gary Kimbrell by friends ~~ Photos Videos
  2. In the Heat of the Night (Apr 19) 7 days. Apr-7th to Apr-19th

     Thu, Apr 19th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    Action packed, exciting story; a tight and timely thriller; perfect piece of theatre.” ~~ Adapted by Matt Pelfrey based on John Ball’s Novel ~~ Based on the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series. It’s 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered. The local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs, but discover their prime suspect is a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially tense community’s only hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues.~~ Director's Notes In the 1960’s racism prevailed throughout the country. The fear of change led to many violent acts in the name of heritage and tradition.~~ It is against this backdrop that In The Heat of the Night was born. We step into the shoes of Bill Gillespie and Virgil Tibbs and are taken on a journey that shakes each man to his core.~~ A murder is the catalyst that brings these two men together. Each man embodies the spirt of the time and must work through their own shortcomings and distrust to solve this heinous crime. Tibbs and Gillespie are locked in a struggle not only with the greater society but within their souls. As police officers they have a tremendous respect for the law. It is through this credo that their bond grows throughout the course of the play. It is a transformative work of art that through these characters we observe monumental change from distrust to mutual respect.~~ Like Tibbs and Gillespie, we must look within ourselves to resolve our prejudices and challenge our preconceived ideas and fears. Once this is achieved we will look for the similarities rather than differences and move toward a fuller appreciation of life.~~ Cast & Credits Cast Chief Gillespie: Rick McVey ~~ Virgil Tibbs: Amara James Aja ~~ Sam Wood: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Pete/Man in the Shadows: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Harvey Oberst/Purdy/Klansman #2: Nick Koesters ~~ Charles Tatum/Endicott/Al Jennings: Nicholas Piper ~~ Coroner/Mayor Schubert/Klansman #3: Michael Poisson ~~ Erick Kaufman/Ralph/Klansman #1: Sam McCalla ~~ Melanie Tatum: Sarah Laughland ~~ Noreen Purdy: Hope Quinn ~~ Collaborator Director: Jasper McGruder ~~ Set Designer: Hana Lee ~~ Lighting Designer: Andrew Morehouse ~~ Sound Designer: Miles Polaski ~~ Costume Designer: Ashley Campos ~~ Fight Captain: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Stage Manager: Cindi Raebel ~~ Corporate Sponsors: The Barter Theatre Board of Trustees ~~ Media Sponsors: ViaMedia ~~ Photos Videos

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