While in the process of solidifying who and what I wanted Bard in the Burbs to be, I was also reading Kenneth Branagh’s memoir Beginnings. In that book, he speaks of the forming of his first theatre company wherein he reflected exactly what I’d been thinking. I couldn’t have said it better myself. So I won’t. Here are Sir Kenneth Branagh’s words to describe what we humbly strive to be.
“We wanted to present popular art. Not poor art or thin art or even ‘arty’ art, but popular art that would expand the mind and the senses and really entertain. … I wanted to see whether fine performances from excellent acting imaginations could actually provide as much illumination for a play as a single dominant design or production concept. … I wanted the actors’ contributions to seem more than just a facet of the production.” – Kenneth Branagh
Bard in the Burbs strives
to focus on the importance of the playwright
– their story, language, and characters –
and thus provide an exciting place
for people to flourish
and enhance the community.