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 www.hbplayers.org.

Theater Season

Each year, the Hard Bargain Players present an exciting season of theater and art in Hard Bargain Farm’s wonderful outdoors amphitheater. Keep an eye on this space for upcoming shows:


Theater in the Woods: Equivocation
08/04/2017 - 08/19/2017, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

HBP Audition Capture (1)

Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.

August 4 – 19, 2017

Directed by Craig Hower

William Shakespeare finds himself between a powder keg and the crown in this brilliant new play by Bill Cain that premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2009.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm. Make your reservations online by going to our Ticket Information and Reservations page.

CAST

Shag – Jefferson Clark
Judith – Heather Weatherald
Richard – Randy Sena
Nate – Jonathan Johnson
Armin – Matt Jones
Sharpe – Tyler Clark

England, 1605: A terrorist plot to assassinate King James I and blow Parliament to kingdom come with 36 barrels of devilish gunpowder! Shagspeare (after a contemporary spelling of the Bard’s name) is commissioned by Robert Cecil, the prime minister, to write the “true historie” of the plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as Shag and the acting company of the Globe, under the direction of the great Richard Burbage, investigate the plot, they discover that the King’s version of the story might, in fact, be a cover-up. Shag and his actors are confronted with the ultimate moral and artistic dilemma. Speak truth to power—and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Is there a third option—equivocation? A high-stakes political thriller with contemporary resonances, EQUIVOCATION gallops from the great Globe to the Tower of London to the halls of Parliament to the heart of Judith, Shag’s younger daughter, who finds herself unexpectedly at the very heart of the political, dramatic and—ultimately—human mystery.


 
Theater in the Woods: Bambi
09/08/2017 - 09/17/2017, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

September 8 – 17, 2017

Bambi: A Life in the Woods

Based on the story by Felix Salten, Adapted by James DeVita

Directed by  Melissa Ball

Performances are Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00pm.

Here for the first time is a stage version of the original story of Bambi written by Austrian novelist Felix Salten in the 1920s. Bambi: A Life in the Woods is an eloquent and haunting tale of growing up in a superbly theatrical and sensitive work of theatre, appealing to children and adults alike. Bambi becomes heir to his father, the great prince. After Bambi encounters and masters for the first time the novel feelings of love, fear, loneliness and independence, he comes to understand that all of Earth’s creatures are guided by a greater force than themselves—all are dependent on each. Intertwined in this great story is Bambi’s growing awareness of the fragility of the forest environment and the impact of human encroachment on all of the forest inhabitants.


 
Theater in the Woods: The Weir
10/06/2017 - 10/21/2017, Friday & Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

October 6 – 21, 2017

The Weir

By Conor McPherson

Directed by Brooke L. Howells

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm.

In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finland enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) progresses, each local from the bar starts to tell a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. What starts as innocent braggadocio between the men turns into a real fright when Valerie reveals a real, haunted tale of her own from the past. Examining chances of missed opportunity and the loneliness that results in it, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore.


 

 

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 www.hbplayers.org/.

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 www.hbplayers.org.

 

Join us for live music in the scenic and historic Hard Bargain Farm amphitheater. This concert series is supported by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and is part of our cultural heritage program, Arts in the Woods. Proceeds benefit our education programs, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Full event lineup can be seen below, and tickets are available here.


 

Concert in the Woods: Tamara Wellons
06/24/2017

 

Join us for an evening concert featuring the soulful modern R&B music of singer, songwriter and performer Tamara Wellons.

Preview the sound and voice of Tamara Wellons at tamarawellonsmusic.com

Buy your tickets here

Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. ($13/15 for Alice Ferguson Foundation members, respectively). Cash only at the door.

Refreshments are available. Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!

Artist Biography:
Tamara was inspired by a variety of traditional spirituals and revival hymns, blues, funk and soul that soundtracked her youth. She’s emerged a stunningly versatile artist whose aesthetic encompasses soul, jazz and soulful house. She has performed nationally and internationally, including at the prestigious Jazz Café in London.

When she’s not singing about change and societal growth, Tamara is fostering it through community work. She holds a degree in elementary education, and continues to nurture the community through music workshops and classes. She is also a resident artist with the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, regularly supporting the healing process through integrative health delivery of music services to patients, hospital staff, and family.

This event is hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and benefits our environmental education and cultural programs.



Concert in the Woods: Roses & Rye
06/30/2017

Award-winning Singer-Songwriters~Annette Wasilik, Nicole Belanus, Lynn Hollyfield and Kevin Dudley join together as a supergroup~Roses and Rye. Each are accomplished solo performers and combined are a powerhouse of songwriter’s with compelling stories presented with tight vocal harmonies and intricate instrumentation~guitars, ukulele, melodica, mandolin and percussion. Beautiful music, song after song.

More about the artist:
www.lynnhollyfield.com
www.AnnetteWasilik.com
www.NicoleBelanus.com
www.KDudleymusic.com

Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door ($13 online for Alice Ferguson Foundation members, $17 at the door).

Refreshments are available. Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!

Click here to learn more about the artist.

Buy your tickets here. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door ($13 online for Alice Ferguson Foundation members, $17 at the door).

Refreshments are available. Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!

This event is hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and benefits our environmental education and cultural programs.



Concert in the Woods: Blues Night
07/15/2017

Don’t miss this special evening of red hot blues music with three of the most respected blues masters in the Mid Atlantic region.

Linwood Lee Taylor recently finished a four-year stint touring the world with a band led by blues legend Joe Lewis Walker. Not many Blues artists can say they’ve recorded with H.R. of the Bad Brains as well as performed with Albert Collins, but Taylor can.  When you catch his show at the Hard Bargain Farm stage this year, they will have just returned from a series of gigs in the Czech Republic. He has also led his own electric blues trio for over 25 years and together they have performed to rave reviews at most of the major festivals and clubs in the region.

Bassist Steve Wolf has been a fixture on the Washington music scene since the late 60s.  During that time he has performed throughout the United States and Europe with such D.C. area notables as Danny Gatton, Tom Principato, Phil Wiggins, The Nighthawks, Catfish Hodge, Deanna Bogart, Bob Margolin,  Big Joe Maher, and a diverse group of national artists ranging from Chuck Berry, The Coasters and Bo Diddly to Doctor John, Brian Auger and Springsteen sax man Clarence Clemons. His well respected work in the blues arena has led him to back Chicago blues legends Sunnyland Slim, Pine Top Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Guitar Junior (Luther Johnson), and many others.

Steve will be joined in the rhythm section by drummer extraordinaire Joe Wells.  In addition to being regular members of The Linwood Taylor Band, Joe and Steve remain one of the most in demand rhythm teams in the region, backing international recording artists such as Tom Principato and Memphis Gold.  Joe Wells has provided his rock solid drum grooves to such luminaries as Coco Montoya, Bob Margolin, Bill Kirchen, Jimmy Thackery and many others.

Join us Saturday night, July 15, for this Blues concert in the Hard Bargain Amphitheater.

Buy your tickets here. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door ($13 online for Alice Ferguson Foundation members, $17 at the door).

Refreshments are available. Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!

 

This event is hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and benefits our environmental education and cultural programs.



Concert in the Woods: 8 Ohms
08/26/2017

 

Join us for an evening concert featuring the reggae funk sound of the 8 Ohms.

Preview the sound and voice of the 8 Ohms at 8ohmsband.com

Buy your tickets here. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door ($13 online for Alice Ferguson Foundation members, $17 at the door).

Refreshments are available. Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!

This event is hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and benefits our environmental education and cultural programs.



Concert in the Woods: Lynn & Friends
09/23/2017

 

A passionate singer and songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield blends her mastery of acoustic guitar and beautiful voice to create a diverse repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, blues and jazz. Join us at for a concert of beautiful music with Lynn Hollyfield at 8pm at our outdoor concert venue.

Click here to learn more about the artist.

Buy your tickets here. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door (Alice Ferguson Foundation members: $13 online, $17 at the door).

Refreshments are available. Performances are outdoors, so comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended!

This event is hosted by the Alice Ferguson Foundation, and benefits our environmental education and cultural programs.


Steve Wolf Linwood Taylor.Steve Wolf Lynn Hollyfield & Friends

For more information, contact Trey Thomas (240-766-8830 or email).

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