2020 Performances

Acting Out & HB Studio present TALK TO ME

An afternoon of trenchant and terse monologues performed by the members of ACTING OUTa professional acting class for formerly incarcerated men, lead by Richard Hoehler. Featuring work by Clifford Odets, John Patrick Shanley, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson, Robert Anderson, and others.

Sunday July 26, 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
Sunday August 9, 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
Sunday August 23, 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 


Joan La Barbara: Extending the Boundaries of the Human Voice

Composer/performer/sound artist/actor Joan La Barbara offers a preview to the workshop she will be teaching for actors at HB on extended vocal techniques.

Included in the mini-concert – “Solitary Journeys of the Mind”, her real-time composition/improv featuring a range of vocalizations and she will talk about creating character voices (the “Alien Newborn” in “Alien Resurrection”, and the “Angel Voice” in “Date with an Angel”) and how one goes about analyzing what sound a creature could make based the structure of its head, neck and body.

Saturday, July 18, 2020 | 6:00pm – 7:30 pm 

STEWART AND LAMB by James Anthony Tyler

The year is 1994 and Zack Lawson, a 63-year-old African American military veteran, works at Primary Video, a VHS movie rental store in Las Vegas, NV. When Zack finds out a secret about Ian, his 25-year-old white supervisor, he uses it to his advantage, ultimately bringing both men to painful realizations.

STEWART AND LAMB is part of Coming Apart Together: A Visit with Our 2020 Residency and Reading Series Artists

Sunday, June 28, 2020 | 7:00pm


THE SOUND OF BIRDS YOU DON’T EXPECT by Adam Kraar

In the early 1970s, a rebellious American teen suspended from boarding school for breaking into a synagogue is sent to stay with her grandmother, an elderly German-Jewish Holocaust refugee.

THE SOUND OF BIRDS YOU DON’T EXPECT is part of Coming Apart Together: A Visit with Our 2020 Residency and Reading Series Artists

Saturday, June 27, 2020 | 7:00pm


MISSING WORDS by Matt Heftler

A closeted dyslexic writer and his new no-nonsense editor whose son was recently diagnosed with dyslexia: the story of two polar opposites who need each other.

MISSING WORDS is part of Coming Apart Together: A Visit with Our 2020 Residency and Reading Series Artists

Thursday, June 25, 2020 | 7:00pm


WHY WE HAVE BOOK CLUB by Grace Parker

Every month, college friends Mac, Audrey, Lia, and Sarah meet for Book Club to talk about literature (their lives), favorite authors (each other), and to analyze plot and character (to drink). A play about the closeness and danger of intimate female friendships.

WHY WE HAVE BOOK CLUB is part of Coming Apart Together: A Visit with Our 2020 Residency and Reading Series Artists

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 7:00pm


KP 1968 by Peter Reich & Lynda Crawford

Over a 15-hour workday in mid-October 1968, a handful of GI’s on Kitchen Police (KP) at a small Army fort wrestle with daily life in the Army, while the escalating Vietnam War is on everyone’s mind.

KP 1968 is part of Coming Apart Together: A Visit with Our 2020 Residency and Reading Series Artists

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 7:00pm 


HB Performance Lab – “Acts of Love”

The current HB Performance Lab will engage a group of primarily international current and former students to build a virtual ensemble committed to creating and eventually recording a variety of short digital segments loosely inspired by the theme, “Acts of Love.”  The segment categories will include: stories/moments of remembered experience, music/song, movement/dance, comedy (sketch, stand-up, character, puppet-show, etc.).  Footage will eventually be selected, edited and framed by an animated narrative, yet to be created.

The long term goal is to create three webisodes and a template for a series.

Sundays, June 7, 14 & 21 at 2pm


Constellations – The Hagen Core Training Students Share Their Work

A presentation of CONSTELLATIONS by Nick Payne from the 2020 Hagen Core Training program graduates. Directed by Paul Pryce.

Saturday, June 6 at 7pm


Acting Out & HB Studio present TALK TO ME

An afternoon of trenchant and terse monologues performed by the members of ACTING OUTa professional acting class for formerly incarcerated men, lead by Richard Hoehler. Featuring work by Clifford Odets, John Patrick Shanley, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson, Robert Anderson, and others.

Sunday, May 31, June 7 & 14 at 12:30pm
Sunday June 28, 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sunday July 12, 2020, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm


HB Stories: A 75th Anniversary Valentine

Directed by Larry Rosen of “The Moth”, we present an HB Studio storytelling evening inspired by shows like “The Moth,” “RISK,” and “The Story Collider”.

Featuring Nadia Diamond, Vincent PastoreCarol RosenfeldReza SalazarBlack-Eyed SusanDanusia Trevino, and Zach Wynecoop. Guitar accompaniment by Earl Zimmerman.

Saturday, February 15 at 7pm


Herbert Berghof: The Yearning Gaze of a Poet

A performance of staged readings. Performers TBA. Curated by Alan Pally.

Monday, February 3rd at 7pm


Climate Change, Hope, and the Acting Community

A presentation with Tim Guinee, actor, founder of The Climate Actors and leader in former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

Monday, January 27th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm