The Trojan Women Project. Devised by Rachel Hynes and the ensemble. Brave Spirits Theatre. 2018. Directed by Rachel Hynes. Photo by Claire Kimball.

  In this series of posts, we’ll be bringing you glimpses into the devising process for The Trojan Women Project. The thirteen performers involved often wrote poems, songs, dialogues, and movement pieces on the theme and ideas being explored in the rehearsal room. Sometimes they were created in the spur of the moment and other…

Coriolanus. By William Shakespeare. Brave Spirits Theatre. 2018. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Photo by Claire Kimball.

DC Theatre Scene : 5 stars “This reviewer has seen a half-dozen productions of this Coriolanus, but the Brave Spirits Theatre rendition is the most enthralling of the bunch.  Even if you have seen the play before, you haven’t seen Coriolanus in its full, dark glory unless you see this production.” Theatre Bloom : 5 Stars “This is an extraordinary Coriolanus:…

BST Coriolanus photo credit Claire Kimball

One of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, Coriolanus follows a war hero’s self-possessed rise and tragic fall … “Would you have me false to my nature?”  – Coriolanus, 3.2.13-141   Written around 1608 and published in the First Folio of Shakespeare’s works in 1623, The Tragedy of Coriolanus follows a Roman general who finds himself revered…

Brave Spirits Theatre. 2018. Directed by Rachel Hynes. Photo by Claire Kimball.

The Washington Post “A ferocious feminist tip of the spear” for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. … its stylistic focus and controlled anger give it a very live edge.” DC Theatre Scene : 4 stars “An engaging exploration that fully utilizes the devised theatre model – a collage of sights and sounds, movement and words that illuminate…

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

Thank you so much to all our patrons and donors in 2017. 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 you helped Brave Spirits achieve in 2017: Our most successful season kick-off fundraiser so far, Spring2Action,…

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 of Elizabethan theatre in the late 1580’s, Marlowe’s pen was arguably the most affecting and “most admired, envied, and widely imitated playwright in London” (Kuriyama 81). But his mysterious life was cut short and his…

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…