Avant Bard is thrilled to announce its 2023-2024 Season!

We start the season with our 8th Annual Scripts in Play Festival. These free readings will take place in local Arlington art spaces and will be followed by wine & cheese receptions and discussions with the playwright, director and cast. This year's Scripts in Play Festival has been generously supported by Pete Miller & Sara Cormeny. If you would like to support our work and keep vibrant theatre in Arlington, you can make a contribution to Avant Bard here.


An Avant Bard and Longacre Lea co-production, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is directed by Longacre Lea Managing Director Séamus Miller and is inspired by video games, virtual reality, and our cultural embrace of ultra-violence. The production reframes our understanding of the protagonist through a trauma-informed lens. The audience will be directly involved and implicated in the conditioning of a man who is bred into, even celebrated for, antisocial brutality—and then punished for his learned inability to ‘play nice.’ Longacre Lea brings its signature video presence to the co-production. The production runs from February 29 through March 23, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

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Homeless Garden

Kathleen Akerley will direct Avant Bard’s production of Homeless Garden, written by Matt Minnicino and co-developed by Chicago’s Refracted Theatre Company and Director Graham Miller.  A DC-area premiere, Homeless Garden modernizes and deconstructs Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard with an eye on the interconnection of environmental and class issues. Minnicino is a playwright known to area audiences for his Helen Hayes nominated adaptation of The Misanthrope for Avant Bard in 2019. The production runs from May 2 through May 25, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

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