"It's a collaborative artform." -R.B.
We welcome all the classy, the original, the daring, to be a part of The New Fortune Theatre.
The more we come together, the more great work will happen.
New Fortune soars from the ashes of Poor Players, an award-winning, critically-acclaimed San Diego non-profit. Likewise helmed by New Fortune's A.D., Richard Baird, it was beloved for producing what the poor players call, "garage band Shakespeare". Re-established in 2014, New Fortune is a professional theatre, whose mission encompasses work from all times, which are relevant, revealing, rarely done.
The company was founded by Richard Baird and Amanda Schaar.
New Fortune's inaugural production of Henry V opened upon St. Crispin’s Day, October 25, 2014, exactly 599 years to the day of the famous battle of Agincourt. Henry V rode with his "band of brothers" to improbable glory that day. And New Fortune too, went on to garner much acclaim for the production, including Craig Noel awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Lead Actor.
The Fortune Theatre stood, a contemporary of Shakespeare's Globe, called "the fairest play-house in this town". It burnt down in 1621, and for the sake of the fire, it's acting company was dubbed "those poor companions" (remember Poor Players). Rebuilt in 1623, the Fortune went on to house the Kings Revels, who continued to perform for crowds even after Parliament ordered all stage plays suppressed.
We take the name New Fortune in honour of all the historical Fortune represents, looking forward to the work that's yet to do.
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