FEBRUARY 19-22, 2020


Before there was The Globe, before there were the King’s Men, before Bankside and Cheapside and Bear-Baiting, there was a community that came together to create those things. Several hundred years later, we are re-creating that spirit.

No Holds Bard is a community-driven Shakespeare festival. There is a little something for everyone in The Z’s Shakespeare festival. No Holds Bard is both a delightful treat for the seasoned Shakespeare fan and the perfect entry point for the newcomer to Billy Shakes. Check out all the events below!


FEBRUARY 19-22, 2020

No Holds Bard is a community-driven Shakespeare festival. Running throughout the festival is the psychological drama Macbeth, the Bard’s masterpiece of treachery, betrayal, and slaughter. Macbeth, in this new production created and directed by Matt Burchfield, is set along the thinning boundary of spiritual and temporal in post-cataclysm Haiti. Witches and porters and murderers support the most perfect married couple in all of theater as they relentlessly pursue power. Macbeth runs from the evening of Wednesday, 19 February, through the afternoon of Saturday, 22 February.


FEBRUARY 20, 2020 AT 7PM

Shakespeare’s Early Modern English is often impenetrable at first listen. We are inviting theater enthusiasts of all ages to take a few classic scenes and re-fashion them for the modern ear. Not only that, we are presenting these scenes slam-style, in a manner we imagine the Bard’s friends likely first read his lines in some darkened pub. Shakespeare Scene Slam is at The Z on Thursday, February 20. Admission is suggested donation at the door.


FEBRUARY 21, 2020 AT 8PM

The Main Stage at The Z is showcased to its full capabilities as we bring Shakespeare’s songs to rich and vivid life in concert. Will left us dozens of lyrics throughout his plays, but unfortunately only a few melodies have survived the ages. Fortunately, we can draw on musical traditions unimagined in Elizabethan England to remake these songs anew. Shake’s Songs appears one night only at The Z on Friday, February 21. Admission is suggested donation at the door.


FEBRUARY 22, 2020 AT 8PM

The finale of No Holds Bard is a bootleg-style production of Romeo and Juliet. Bootleg Shakespeare is a true community-sourced production. Our randomly-cast actors have six weeks to learn their lines, create their costumes, and fashion their props– all on their own, without the collaboration of any other actors. On Saturday morning, we will all come together at The Z and create a new production in one day, to run one time only that evening. Admission is suggested donation at the door.