Presenting Kick-Ass Classics and New World Premieres from the Era of Verse and Violence

Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to producing plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, especially forgotten works or rarely produced gems, from the era of verse and violence. BST productions, which contrast the elegance of poetry with the basest elements of humanity, work to tear down the perception of these plays as proper and intellectual and instead use them to explore the boundaries of acceptable human behavior.

Washington is blessed to have young, creative, multi-talented emerging companies like Brave Spirits here.

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History In the Making

The Histories Project

In 2020, Brave Spirits Theatre will make history by becoming the first professional American theatre company to mount full productions of Shakespeare’s two tetralogies and perform them in repertory.

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16th-century portrait, Artist Unknown (ia Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most important poets and playwrights of early modern England was Christopher “Kit” Marlowe. In the emerging world…

History Roses

No doubt you’ve heard the rumblings about the exciting project Brave Spirits Theatre is taking on in 2020: we’re making…

BST's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; photo by Claire Kimball

Constantin Stanisklavski’s system of acting and Sigmund Freud’s theories on psychology have had a transformative effect on performances in modern…

BST 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; photo by Claire Kimball

You hear the phrase “bedroom Olympics” and you immediately kick yourself. Or at least you do if you’re me. (I…

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“Happy and blest be Faustus evermore!” On April 7, 2017, 78 donors came together to support the arts and helped Brave…

Jenna Berk as Annabella and Danny Cackley as Giovanni

The Washington Post “Brimming with sensationalistic material — with plotlines that touch not only on incest, but also conspiracies, betrayals,…