2018 Season

As is our tradition at Hard Bargain we again feature plays that are off the beaten path, plays that ask questions and allow our patrons to come up with the answers. Performances will be held at the Theater in the Woods unless otherwise noted.

Theater in the Woods is an outdoor amphitheater and the Hard Bargain Players perform rain or shine. Shows are only canceled in the event of severe weather conditions. There is limited covered seating and umbrellas are encouraged. Comfortable clothing and bug spray are also highly recommended.

Plays are subject to change based on availability of royalties and other factors beyond our control.


Making a reservation is as easy filling in the form on the website under “Tickets and Reservations” or by sending an email to hbplayersboxoffice@gmail.com. Please be sure to include the show, date of performance, and number of tickets you are reserving.

The Hard Bargain Players Present

A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne
Based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist
By arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd.

October 5 – 20, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm

* This show is not recommended for anyone under 17 as it contains graphic language and violence and mature themes and situations. *

Director Michael Margelos
Assistant Director Kaitelyn Bauer-Dieguez

The DC area premier! Based on the novel and film of the same name, “Let the Right One In” is the haunting tale of a boy’s friendship with a mysterious young female neighbor. As he struggles with adolescence, bullies, self-isolation and an alcoholic mother, she struggles with a deep secret she must keep from her new friend and a hunger that must be satisfied to survive.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

The Hard Bargain Players, Director Michael J. Margelos and Assistant Director Kaitelyn Bauer-Dieguez are excited to announce the cast for their October production of the DC-Area premiere of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN!

Eli – Melody Bishop
Oskar – Archie Parker
Oskar’s Mum – Jenny Liese
Halmberg – Jeanne Louise
Hakan/Janne – Jonathan Johnson
Micke – Amanda Connelly
Jonny – Seth Lohr
Mr. Avila/Dad/Nils/Stefan – Zack Ball
Kurt/Torkel/Jocke/Jimmy – Gershawn Mason

Oskar is a bullied lonely teenage boy living with his mother on a housing estate at the edge of town, when a spate of sinister killings rock the neighbourhood. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the flat by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time – Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Let The Right One In premiered in June 2013 at the Dundee Rep Theatre in a production by the National Theatre of Scotland, before transferring to London’s Royal Court Theatre in November 2013.

PAST 2018 Shows


A Midsummer Night’s DreamMidsummer by William Shakespeare

May 10 – 19, 2018

Abridged by Rachel Wallace

Directed by Rachel Wallace

An abridged version of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy is coming to a space where it was always meant to be performed: right under our beautiful canopy of trees and starlight! Come join the royals, the starry-eyed lovers, the rude mechanicals, and the mischievous woodland faeries as they spin their magical tale!

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

The Heidi Chronicles
by Wendy Wasserstein

June 8 – 23, 2018

Directed by Matt Jameson

The Pulitzer Prize winning drama comes to the Hard Bargain Stage for the very first time! The fictional story of feminist art historian Heidi Holland takes the audience on the life-shaping journey from young adult to womanhood. The play’s themes of feminism, equality, and social injustice are just as important today as they were 30 years ago, proving the vitality of Wasserstein’s masterpiece.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.