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?
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.'”
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.
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.
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.
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.