History Roses

No doubt you’ve heard the rumblings about the exciting project Brave Spirits Theatre is taking on in 2020: we’re making history by becoming the first professional American theatre company to mount full productions of Shakespeare’s two history plays tetralogies about the Wars of the Roses and perform them in repertory! We’ve just launched our fundraising…

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 theatre and film. One tenet that has been born out of them is the oft-repeated idea that actors need to be their character’s best advocate. I’ve heard another version of this philosophy – that actors…

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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 Spirits raise $4,005, money that will be instrumental in our ability to bring classical theatre to the residents of Alexandria and the surrounding areas. This amount was double our original goal of $2,000! Thank you…

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, disguises, political corruption and shocking violence — the plays are striking and suspenseful.” DC Theatre Scene “Under the detailed and sensitive direction of BST artistic director Charlene V. Smith, ‘Tis Pity gallops along at a…

Roman mosaic, 2nd century CE, Palazzo Nuovo (Wikimedia Commons)

Say, pals, whaddya call a play not funny enough to be a comedy, not sad enough to be a tragedy? A history play! Just kidding. Mostly.* But really, you can put that old idea of tragicomedy in your pipe, because Beaumont and Fletcher fine-tuned a genre that deserves a better name. To get a sense…

Portrait of John Fletcher, Wikimedia Commons

As Brave Spirits Theatre prepares for our incest repertory of A King and No King with ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, we’d love for our audience to get acquainted with the playwrights behind these stories … Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (A King and No King, printed 1619) Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher are the…

Brave Spirits Theatre; photo by Claire Kimball

From the Bible and Oedipus Rex to Game of Thrones and Taboo, incestuous relationships have appeared throughout human history, literature, and popular culture. Though we may quickly assume its moral implications today, the legal and religious definitions of incest have had a complicated past … In classical societies like ancient Greece, marriage and sexual intercourse…

Brave Spirits Theatre. Antony and Cleopatra. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.

Thank you so much to all our patrons and donors in 2016. We’re proud to look back on all our accomplishments this year, which we couldn’t have done without your support. Here are a few of the great things Brave Spirits achieved in 2016: – Recipient of a Morgan Fund grant, worth $3,000, which allowed…