The three productions of BST’s 2017-2018 season have the power to speak to our current cultural moment, with stories that have become even richer in the aftermath of the election and this country’s uncertain future. BST is eager to explore with our audience how these centuries-old plays still resonate today.
In October, BST will present Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, the first professional production in the area in twenty years. Famous for its magic and demons, this play is perfect for the Halloween season. But in a BST twist, the character of John Faustus will be changed to a Joan. By re-gendering the titular role, BST alters an Everyman to become an Everywoman, creating a more inclusive production that explores ambition and power from a woman’s point-of-view. In winter of 2018, BST will produce its fourth repertory: Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and The Trojan Women Project, a new, devised version of Euripides’ The Trojan Women. While both plays deal with war, they have markedly different perspectives. In the hyper-masculine world of Coriolanus, war and warriors are glorified. In The Trojan Women, the war is over, and the play focuses on the suffering of the women left behind. A blurred mash-up of song, movement, feminist text, and poetics, The Trojan Women Project will employ a female ensemble from different backgrounds and of different cultures, ages, and races to create a new version of the classic play that speaks to us today. And in November, the Fourth Annual Fundraising Fête brings the BST community together to celebrate Brave Spirits Theatre. The annual event features hors d’oeuvres served with wine and beer, a silent auction, and scenes from the early modern stage.