"[Brave Spirits has a] kick-ass mission."
-- David Seigel, DCMTA


Performing in the DC Metropolitan area since 2011, Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to plays from the era of verse and violence which contrast the baseness of humanity with the elegance of poetry. By staging dark, visceral, intimate productions of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, we strive to tear down the perception of these plays as proper and intellectual and instead use them to explore the boundaries of acceptable human behavior. Our four values are text, actor, women, and audience. To read more about how these values inform our work, check out our about page.

Brave Spirits Theatre is dedicated to not only Shakespeare, but to the other playwrights writing in the same era. We believe in exploring the theatrical power of forgotten works and sharing these rarely produced gems with our audience. Our 2014-15 season included two works fully staged for the first time in DC: Shakespeare and Fletcher's The Two Noble Kinsmen and Arden of Faversham, author(s) unknown. This summer, at the Capital Fringe Festival, we'll be producing Middleton and Dekker's The Bloody Banquet, unperformed professionally since the 1600's.

"Washington is blessed to have young, creative,
multi-talented emerging companies like Brave Spirits here."
--Andrew White, MD Theatre Guide


June 28 Help us Feed the Actors

Help support the first professional production of The Bloody Banquet in the modern era by donating at our Indiegogo campaign. You'll help up pay our actors who, during the course of the play, find themselves betrayed, cheated on, usurped, chased, poisoned, shot, stabbed, quartered, and eaten.

June 25 Horrid and Inhuman Spectacle

Dramaturg Claire Kimball serves up some more delicious information about The Bloody Banquet and its source material: "Warner’s story of the Scythian inĀ Pan his syrinx, or pipe compact of seven reedes, however, sidesteps the familiar theme of feeding offenders their own children and focuses instead on two modes of forbidden bodily consumption: immoral coitus and punitive cannibalism." Read more here.

June 20 Double Digit Bash

Last night Capital Fringe hosted their "Double Digit Bash" at the new Logan Fringe Arts Space. We stopped by for a while to talk about our FYOV production of The Bloody Banquet, hand out our hot-off-the-presses postcards, and sweeten the deal with some candy hearts. We hope to see you next week at the Fringe preview party!

June 18 Firearms in The Bloody Banquet

Another blog post from production dramaturg Claire Kimball! This one explores how thought we think about sword play and dagger stabbings in early modern drama, firearms existed at the time as well and were often employed by dramatists along side steel weapons.

June 12 The Bloody Banquet Returns

Production dramaturg Claire Kimball introduces The Bloody Banquet in this blog post. Click here to read about why you've probably never heard of this play before and what you can look forward to seeing in July.