Hard Bargain Players

Hard Bargain Players Theater in the Woods

Location: 2001 Bryan Point Road • Accokeek, MD 20607

On many summer evenings the Amphitheater at Hard Bargain Farm shoots light beyond branch and leaf. Under this canopy of towering trees, local music and theater come alive, and after a brief stroll down a lit path, the best-kept secret in central Maryland reveals itself.

Built in the early 1930s by Alice and Henry Ferguson, the original stage was merely a half-circle of concrete set in a natural amphitheater in the woods of their Hard Bargain Farm. For many years the Fergusons used the amphitheater as a place to gather with their friends and neighbors on summer evenings. They would entertain themselves by dressing up in elaborate costumes and putting on amateur plays.

It became a Hard Bargain tradition.

Theater in the Woods is an outdoor amphitheater and the Hard Bargain Players perform rain or shine. Shows are only canceled in the event of severe weather conditions. There is limited covered seating and umbrellas are encouraged. Comfortable clothing and bug spray are also highly recommended.

Website: http://www.hbplayers.org/

2001 Bryan Point Road • Accokeek, MD 20607

Contact Doris Sharp • 240-766-8830

Via Email: hbplayersboxoffice@gmail.com

Reservations: Making a reservation is as easy as sending an email to hbplayersboxoffice@gmail.com Please be sure to include the show, date of performance, and number of tickets you are reserving.

Upcoming Events:


Equivocation at Hard Bargain, Aug 4-19

EQUIVOCATION
By Bill Cain
Directed by Craig Hower
August 4-19, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm

Location: Hard Bargain Players

A Shakespeare-style play about telling the truth in difficult times. William Shakespeare finds himself between a powder keg and the crown in this brilliant new play by Bill Cain that premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2009.

England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder! Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard’s name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the “true historie” of the plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King’s version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.

Tickets for Hard Bargain Players performances are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

To reserve tickets, click here.

Tags: Hard Bargain Players, Accokeek Maryland, Equivocation, Bill Cain, Craig Hower


Bambi: A Life in the Woods at Hard Bargain, Sep 8-17

BAMBI: A LIFE IN THE WOODS
Based on the story by Felix Salten
Adapted by James DeVita
Directed by Melissa Ball
September 8-17, 2017
Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm

Location: Hard Bargain Players

Here for the first time is a stage version of the original story of Bambi written by Austrian novelist Felix Salten in the 1920s. Bambi: A Life in the Woods is an eloquent and haunting tale of growing up in a superbly theatrical and sensitive work of theatre, appealing to children and adults alike. Bambi becomes heir to his father, the great prince. After Bambi encounters and masters for the first time the novel feelings of love, fear, loneliness and independence, he comes to understand that all of Earth’s creatures are guided by a greater force than themselves—all are dependent on each. Intertwined in this great story is Bambi’s growing awareness of the fragility of the forest environment and the impact of human encroachment on all of the forest inhabitants.

Tickets for Hard Bargain Players performances are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

To reserve tickets, click here.

Tags: Hard Bargain Players, Accokeek Maryland, Bambi A Life in the Woods, Felix Salten, James DeVita, Melissa Ball


The Weir at Hard Bargain, Oct 6-21

THE WEIR
By Conor McPherson
Directed by Brooke L. Howells
October 6-21, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm

Location: Hard Bargain Players

In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finland enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) progresses, each local from the bar starts to tell a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. What starts as innocent braggadocio between the men turns into a real fright when Valerie reveals a real, haunted tale of her own from the past. Examining chances of missed opportunity and the loneliness that results in it, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore.

Tickets for Hard Bargain Players performances are $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.

To reserve tickets, click here.

Tags: Hard Bargain Players, Accokeek Maryland, The Weir, Conor McPherson, Brooke L. Howells


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