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.
Plays are subject to change based on availability of royalties and other factors beyond our control.
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.
Making a reservation is as easy filling in the form on the website under “Ticket Information & Reservations” or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include the show, date of performance, and number of tickets you are reserving.
By Conor McPherson
Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier
Directed by Michael Margelos
Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.
Diane: Michelle Talkington
Nat: Trey Thomas
Julia: Melody Bishop
Tierney: Joe Ciambra
PAST 2016 SHOWS
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
By Don Zolidis
Director: Trey Thomas
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil’s Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.
This is NOT your kids fairy tale! This play contains mature content and themes.
Jonathan Johnson – Narrator 2, Devil 1, Prince 1, Host
Heather James – Narrator 1, Enchantress, Prince 3
Allison Claggett – Girl, Gretel, Little Red & Princess
Thomas Donahue – Actor, Rumpelstiltskin & Walt
Shemika Berry – Witch 1 & 2, Mother & Cinderella
Jeff Clark – Father, Talking Fish, Doctor, King & Woodcutter
Heather Labelle – Rapunzel & Show White
Taylor Scott Hines – Dirt Merchant, Prince 2, Crab Person 2, Elf Cobbler, The Devil2 & Grandma
Sara Thompson – Crab Person 1 & Dwarf 1
Joe Ciambra – Frog Prince, Devil’s Grandmother & The Wolf
Emma Ansell – Fisher Girl, Dwarf 2, Girl without Hands
By August Wilson
Director: Terry Spann
Ambitious, well-connected, charismatic, Ivy League educated real estate mogul Harmond Wilks is on a path to become the first Black mayor of Pittsburgh. With a lucrative real estate development project about to break ground and a smart, supportive and equally ambitious wife by his side, he is living the dream. However he is forced to evaluate the true cost of success when the revelation of secrets creates a moral crisis threatening all of his aspirations.
Harmond Wilks – DeJeanette Horne
Mame Wilks – Lolita Marie
Roosevelt Hicks – Baakari Wilder
Sterling Johnson – Mack Leamon
Elder Joseph Barlow – John Askew