Based in Sioux Falls, SD, Bare Bodkins works with the Sioux Falls Parks and Rec. Department to bring you fun, family-friendly, and FREE Shakespeare every summer in the gorgeous ruins of the Queen Bee Mill at Falls Park!
Bare Bodkins Theatre Company was established by Ivan Fuller in 1997. Ivan and his wife, Vickie, directed and acted in productions and created the Bare Bodkins mission: producing Shakespeare in a fun, accessible way.
Since 1997, Bare Bodkins has become known for honoring original Shakespearean stage practices like using simple set and prop pieces, contemporary costumes, audience participation, and small casts in which actors play multiple roles. In Shakespeare’s day, women weren’t allowed to perform on the public stage, so all characters were played by men. Bare Bodkins makes up for history by using gender-blind casting. This means actors often play characters of the opposite gender. As actors performing in 16th Century theaters like The Globe, Bare Bodkins actors play within a thrust stage configuration in the open air with the gorgeous natural backdrop of the ruins of the Queen Bee Mill.
In 2011, Ivan and Vickie left Sioux Falls for the east coast, and left Bare Bodkins in the hands of long-time company member Jayna Fitzsimmons and her husband, Rj. Jayna and Rj plan to carry on the Bare Bodkins tradition of producing quality, professional theatre in the beauty of Sioux Falls parks for many years to come.
Bare Bodkins Production History
While Bare Bodkins’ focus is producing outdoor Shakespeare every summer, Bare Bodkins occasionally produces contemporary works. Contemporary productions traditionally have been produced in Augustana University’s main stage theatre.
1997 - Macbeth
1998 - Comedy of Errors
1999 - Romeo and Juliet
2000 - Twelfth Night
2001 - Midsummer Nights (musical)
2002 - Hamlet
2003 - The Winter’s Tale
2004 - Richard II
2005 - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2006 - Measure for Measure
2007 - Macbeth (10th Anniversary)
2008 - Shakespearience!, Rabbit Hole
2009 - Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tuesdays With Morrie
2010 - Much Ado About Nothing
2011 - Awake in Me, Shakespeare Unmasked
2013 - Romeo and Juliet
2014 - All's Well That Ends Well
2015 - Hamlet
2016 - The Winter's Tale
2017 - Macbeth (20th Anniversary)
2018 - A Midsummer Night's Dream