Manifesto

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Every hero has a story.
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.

September 2015

September 2015

Our Inaugural Production

On September 12, 2015, Hero Now Theatre began life with a one-night performance of A Thing of Beauty by Charles Kray. This one-act play, based on real events, concerns a Nazi officer pursuing a Jewish philosopher who converted to Catholicism and entered a convent. If he found her, and she confessed, would he release 19 other nuns on their way to a death camp? What if she didn’t confess outright but in the end changed something in the officer’s heart?

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The play, performed in the backyard of two of Hero Now’s founding members, set a tone for our productions: quality performances of serious theatre in non-traditional venues. One audience member said, “I was invited to a backyard play, but what I saw was not a ‘backyard play.'”

Our Audience

Hero Now Theatre invited the people we knew: friends, family, acquaintances from the theatre world—in other words, people who believed in our mission and were excited about it. We had 75 in attendance, announced our intention to stage our second production (Terra Nova) in January 2016, and, with some generous contributions from several, ended the night with the encouragement to proceed with plans.

Cast

Vanessa Gamble—Benedicta

Peter Colburn—Colonel

Chari Eckmann—Prioress

 

MISSION

MISSION

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.

VISION

VISION

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.

FOUND SPACES

FOUND SPACES

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.

HEROES

HEROES

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.
TALKBACK GAMES

TALKBACK GAMES

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

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.