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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devised by Rachel Hynes and the ensemble
January 31st – February 25th, 2018

in rep with


by William Shakespeare
February 8th – February 25th, 2018



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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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Brave Spirits Theatre. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.

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

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