Hero Now Theatre is a Twin Cities collaboration with a new vision of what theatre can be.
We aim to tell stories so compelling that you experience something new—an insight, self-understanding, an idea for change—that leads you to respond, to be a hero, now.
Great theatre has a civic purpose: to encourage serious reflection on important issues. We engage audiences with stories about everyday people making extraordinary choices, with a unique atmosphere in nontraditional performance venues, and with thoughtful conversation before and after each performance.
Hero Now Theatre performs many of its plays in nontraditional venues—anything from backyards to tents in snowy fields. We call these “found spaces,” which sometimes become as much a part of the performing space and play as the stage itself.
To us, “hero” means:
- characters: whose stories we tell;
- artists: who write, produce, and stage great drama, and
- patrons: who challenge themselves to experience something new.
After each play, we host activities that allow all our patrons to share their reactions with each other. Butcher paper scribble boards, comic questionnaires, and Tweetups: these and other activities could be part of the mix. If one of our plays moves you to do something in response to your feelings, we want to help you express it, share it with others, and feel good about it.
BUY ONE GIVE ONE
A program we hope to implement soon, our BOGO will make it possible for you to attend one of our shows and then turn your ticket into a gift to someone you think should see it. Details to be worked out, so stay tuned.
Of a journey, a quest.
An adventure of mind or soul.
Toward an uncertain destination.
Hero Now puts heroes center stage.
Tells their stories.
Of entering the dark wood.
Emerging from darkness.
Of examining themselves in a mirror.
And asking us to do the same.
Telling these stories takes heroes.
Who write, act, design, direct.
Who build the fire where the stories are told.
Not afraid to speak truths to the village.
Truths that sting like flies.
Hero Now is the gathering of villagers.
Those who come to the fire, sit, and are inspired.
Thrill to the tales.
Who endure the stings and stay to the end.
Hero Now brings all center stage.
Roaming, like troubadours,
making any place a stage, we say:
Be a hero. Come to the fire and listen.
To all the stories, familiar or strange.
See what heroes do.
Feel their torment, their triumph.
And bring new faces to the village.
Those who have never sat with us.
Because the world has many stories to be told.
And many that need to be heard.
Rob Hardy’s adaptation of the classic Greek trilogy renders Aeschylus’s tale of family revenge and civic justice in vivid, graceful poetry. This one-play version captures the intent and grandeur of the original and reads as compelling drama. Comes with a foreword, an introduction, notes, and figures. 100 pages.
Hardy, with a Ph.D. in classics from Brown University, is a Minnesota poet and classicist and has published widely in journals such as New England Review, New England Quarterly, Classical Journal, Ploughshares, New Letters, New England Classical Journal, and many more. His Domestication: Collected Poems 1996–2016 has just been published by Shipwreckt Books. Choose how many copies you wish to order, then click on the Buy Now button to be taken to PayPal to complete your order. $16.95. Tax, shipping & handling added by PayPal.
Aeschylus, The Oresteia: An Adaptation by Rob Hardy
Complete information on obtaining performance rights to this play will be available soon. Until then, please send an inquiry to this address.
Hero Now Theatre is a 501(c)(3) organization. That means your donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes! Your contribution will help introduce the Hero Now touch to more of the Twin Cities theatrical scene.
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