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Battle of the Bards VI

In BATTLE OF THE BARDS VI, three ensembles compete for a spot in Ghost Light’s 2012-13 Season. Each ensemble has 20 minutes to perform a scene from a new adaptation of a classic work and the audience chooses the winner! Admission includes one vote – additional votes are only $1 each. All proceeds support the work of Ghost Light Theatricals.

The cast, crew, and audience will celebrate right after the Saturday performance with drinking, dancing, and voting! At midnight, Ghost Light will announce the winning show and the rest of our 2012-2013 season. A ticket to either performance of BARDS VI or a $1 donation is admission into the party. The evening will be held together by the vivacious Val Brunetto!

Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28,  2012 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and include one vote.

Score as of 1/29/12 @ 12:00 am PST

Final Standings

Paper Bullets: 2078 Votes

Apocalypse Soon: 1525 Votes

Mack the Knife: 1504 Votes

We’ve got three amazing shows lined up for  BATTLE OF THE BARDS VI:

Mack the Knife
Written by Stephanie Mallard Couch and Stephen Bucheit
Directed by Stephanie Mallard Couch
Mack the Knife is a fast and loose musical adaptation of (that Scottish play) set in a 1920’s speakeasy complete with gangsters, molls, dolls, canaries, et al.

Paper Bullets
Written by John E. Allis
Directed by Emily Harvey
In Paper Bullets two media powerhouses tamper with the personal and professional affairs of four budding Hollywood icons. Scandalized sweethearts fumble with love and illusion in this modernization of Much Ado, a farce replete with sex, glitter and deception

Apocalypse Soon
Written and directed by Courtney Meaker
Religious figures throughout a variety of texts and oral traditions come together for a three day reunion to plan the apocalypse and decide who’s saved. Surfacing issues like hope, salvation, choice, whiskey, and acoustic music the characters try to resolve their angst before destroying the world.


When can I start voting?
You can start voting today! Each show has a button on our Bards page that takes you directly to PayPal. Online voting will end at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28.

I’m coming on Friday, can I still go to the party on Saturday?
Yes! A ticket to either performance or a donation is admission into the party.

Should I get tickets ahead of time?
Yes, we have turned people away every year, so get your tickets online! Even if you get turned away, you’re welcome to come back for the party.

Can I buy tickets at the door with a credit card?
No, our box office and bar are cash only. There are a few ATMs around the block if you forget.

Can I vote with a credit card at the party?
Yes, we’ll have a voting station setup for those who want to vote with credit cards.

My Great Aunt Mavis lives in Lake Titicaca and can’t make it to the show. Can she still vote?
Yes! Anyone can vote for any show even if they haven’t seen it.

What happens to the shows that don’t win?
In order to compete in Battle of the Bards, the shows that don’t win cannot be produced anywhere for a year.

Who won last year?
FREAK STORM! It is our next mainstage show and will be directed by Lisa Anne Glomb!

Do all votes have to be $1?

No, you can buy as many votes as you want to in any amount that you want!

Previous BATTLE OF THE BARDS Winners are:

2011: FREAK STORM by Don Fleming, directed by Ellie McKay

2010: THE CLOUDS by Aristophanes, adapted and directed by Alexis Holzer, METAMORPHOSIS: BASED ON THE SHORT STORY BY FRANZ KAFKA adapted and directed by Wilder Nutting-Heath

2009: BLINDING PAINS by Ben Newton and David van Wert, directed by Shawn Bookey

2008: THE MISANTHROPE by Moliere, translated and adapted by Lauren Goldman Marshall, directed by Jessica Stepka

2007: ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard, directed by William Spaulding