Bard in the Yard II - Battle of the Sexes

Bard in the Yard is different, unique, one-of-a-kind. It's Shakespeare outdoors and in your face. “Everyone I know needs to go watch this!”

"No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy."

Help the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, Great Basin College, and Silver Stage Players celebrate the summer season with the staging of Bard in the Yard II – The Battle of the Sexes. This unique production features excerpts from a number of William Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies performed in an intimate outdoor setting. Conceived by director Frank L. Sawyer in 2011, the Bard in the Yard project explores common themes throughout Shakespeare’s works. 2013’s version of BITY focuses on the battle of the sexes. Life, love, death, and happiness shall all hang in the balance as we explore the machinations of all things male and female and attempt to answer the age old question; who will win the battle of the sexes? Performances are September 11-13, 18, 20, 21 beginning at 7 PM in the back yard of the Duncan LittleCreek Gallery located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada. The show includes passages from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labours Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. Tickets are only $5 and are available at the door.

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, on April 23, 1564 and raised there by John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. An English poet and playwright, Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer of all time. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the King’s Men acting company. Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories while his later works were mostly tragedies. Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, are considered some of the finest works in the English language. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than any other playwright’s. Shakespeare's words have endured for over 400 years, and still reach across the centuries as powerfully as ever.

Directing Bard in the Yard for the second time is Frank L. Sawyer. Mr. Sawyer’s directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing, I Do! I Do!, The Odd Couple (female version), Lysistrata, Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio, Bringing it All Back Home, The Zoo Story, and The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery among others. About the opportunity Sawyer said, “It is an honor to partner with Duncan LittleCreek Gallery, their wonderful staff, the Silver Stage Players, and Great Basin College for this project!. Playing outdoors in this unique environment will be an amazing experience for our audience, actors, and technicians. We are grateful to all our producing organizations for the chance to bring the Bard to our community. Starring and providing technical expertise in the production are Heidi DuSoleil, Anthony Piper, Russ Smith, Christy Harper, Erika Patrick, Caleb Tapia, Derek Burwell, John Wright, Sandy Beeler, Michael Bail, Meghan Campbell, John Wells, Don Jones, Savanna Hall, and Ashley Chancellor.

Celebrating their 77th anniversary, the Silver Stage Players is dedicated to providing the finest theater, community service, and educational opportunities to its members and the residents of northeastern Nevada. Its seventy-seven year history is one of creativity and thought provoking theater. The company has challenged audiences, pushed the envelope of live theater, and attracted the area's most talented actors, designers, and directors since the 1930s. Offerings have included Bard in the Yard I, CLUE, Godspell, Nunsense, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Christmas Carol, War of the Worlds, Scrooge Makes Up, Lysistrata, Greater Tuna, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, The Man of La Mancha, The Last U.S. Mail Stage Robbery, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Located at 518 Commercial Street in Elko Nevada, Duncan LittleCreek Gallery is one of the arts centers of Elko. Featuring artwork, jewelry, sculpture, and other art, DLC offers a comfortable, smoke-free atmosphere with an extensive list of wine, beer, and specialty drinks. With over 50 wines, micro-brew beer, specialty martinis, and cocktails made with the freshest ingredients, DLC is a favorite destination for locals, area visitors, private parties, receptions, weddings, and other occasions. Call (775)738-3426 for pricing, catering options, and availability. For more information about DLC, visit their web site at

A long-time supporter and provider of the arts, Great Basin College enriches people's lives by providing student-centered, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. With their beautiful main campus located in Elko, GBC ensures educational, cultural, and related economic needs of the multicounty service area are met through programs of university transfer, applied science and technology, business and industry partnerships, developmental education, community service, and student support services in conjunction with certificates, associate, and select baccalaureate degrees. Whether you live in Battle Mountain, Elko, Ely, Pahrump, Winnemucca or in any one of a couple of dozen other communities across the school’s 63,000 square mile service area, GBC offers a first rate education, delivered in the classroom, via interactive video or online. For more information about Great Basin College visit their web site at


Shakespeare, Elko style - Elko Daily Free Press, Sep 12, 2013
BITY 2 Program
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Heidi DuSoleil and Erika Patrick
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Erika Patrick
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Heidi DuSoleil
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Erika Patrick
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Caleb Tapia
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Heidi DuSoleil and Erika Patrick
Clip from BITY II (Hamlet) rehearsal featuring Heidi DuSoleil and Caleb Tapia

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