Performing Arts

The arts that Henry and Alice Ferguson so loved are continued today in the collections of paintings and sculptures by Alice and fellow artists at Hard Bargain Farm; and live plays and concerts at the outdoor Amphitheater. “Theater in the Woods” productions by the Hard Bargain Players and performances by local musicians in the “Concert in the Woods” series carry on that Ferguson tradition.

The Diviners presented by the HBPlayers: Robbie Jones as Ferris Layman, William Hardy as C.C. Showers, Matt Jones as Buddy Layman.
The Hard Bargain Players (HBP) are an all-volunteer theater troupe. Their mission is to bring theater arts to the citizens of Prince George’s County and to Central and Southern Maryland, and to produce works by diverse playwrights. They are devoted to providing inexpensive, educational, and uplifting artistic experiences that reflect and invigorate the community’s cultural identity. To learn more about the HBP, visit their website at

2016 Season

The Hard Bargain Players will have another exciting season this year starting in June at the wonderful outdoors Amphitheater at Hard Bargain Farm.

The Birds
10/07/2016 - 10/22/2016, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

By Conor McPherson
Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier
Directed by Michael Margelos

October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 p.m.

Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

Theater Admission: We begin seating at 7:30 p.m. and the production begins at 8:00 p.m. – we suggest arriving by 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and Alice Ferguson Foundation Members. Walk-ins are welcome, reservations are not required but can be made at

Performances are held at Hard Bargain Farm Amphitheater (an outdoor amphitheater). Comfortable clothing and bug spray are highly recommended. Please follow signs. Directions

The Hard Bargain Players welcome anyone interested in volunteering on and off stage. For more information contact [email protected] and

Choice Acoustic Music at Hard Bargain Farm

This concert series is supported by the Alice Ferguson Foundation
* Proceeds benefit the education program of Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center *

Rick Whitehead Jazz Trio

Presents an Evening of American Music
— A Mix of Swing, Jazz and Good Old American Blues —

Blues Night

Blues Night with Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors.

Lynn Hollyfield & Friends

Indie – Folk – Pop with a bit of Blues and Jazz

Steve Wolf Linwood Taylor.Steve Wolf Lynn Hollyfield & Friends

For more information, contact Doris Sharp (301-292-5665 or email) or Lynn Hollyfield (301-292-1139).

Admission is $15, $12 for members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and students. Refreshments available. Performances are held at Hard Bargain Farm Amphitheater (an outdoor amphitheater). Comfortable clothing and bug spray are highly recommended. In case of inclement weather concerts will be moved indoors. Please follow signs. Directions