October 2019 Archives

27 October 2019

Xenaopoly House of Bards Fundraiser Video by Renee!




26 October 2019

Better Lemons Interviews Renee About Macbeth!

Better Lemons (I love that name!) interviewed Renee on opening night of Macbeth. Check out this great interview (many thanks to Barbara Davies for the heads up!)



13 October 2019

House of Bards Macbeth Review by 11Traveler11

Image 11Traveler11 went on opening night of the House of Bards first production of Macbeth! This is her review and some goodies she got with her ticket.

Macbeth Review
by 11Traveler11
Show date: 11 October 2019

Recovering from long travel days so I don’t think this can do justice to the amazing opening that @houseofbardstheatreco had with #Macbeth. The cast pulled you into another world as a silent witness to the events unfolding. I could probably write about every actor on stage.

Jed Sura as Macbeth was brilliant; it was fascinating watching the emotions cross his face as if you could follow the thoughts racing through his head as others spoke. Witnessing his mental breakdown. Bravo. Allen Barstow as Banquo and @miles_muir as Macduff were such great counterparts.

I didn’t know who to root for, lol. @realreneeoconnor it goes without saying that the classic lines of #ladymacbeth you brought to life with the downward spiral of her psyche. @irisplays @ckproductions45 @citizenbkane And the Witches...goodness they almost stole the show, so animated and so good!

@fsuwriter I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about King Duncan wearing a hat than a crown. Wonderful work on stage. I’d love to tag everyone who contributed to such an awesome effort. Thank you for an inspiring and thought-provoking experience. Next production I volunteer for fight stunts!



Tickets are available for performances from 18 October until 3 November
Doors open at 7:00 PM on Monday & Thursday, 1:30 PM on Sunday



13 October 2019

Broadway World: MACBETH Starring Renee O'Connor And Jed Sura Opens October 11 At Grand Annex


This is a great article from Broadway World about the premiere of Macbeth

Click here for tickets to Macbeth

October 7, 2019

House of Bards Theatre Company has announced the cast of their first production, Shakespeare's dynamic drama Macbeth directed by Michael Richey. The new company, headed by television and film actors and producers Reneé O'Connor and Jed Sura, opens their inaugural show on October 11 at the Grand Annex located in the Arts District of San Pedro, California.

No stranger to iconic roles, O'Connor is taking on the formidable Lady Macbeth. O'Connor is best known as Gabrielle, Xena's trusted sidekick on the tremendously popular fantasy series Xena: Warrior Princess. Other credits include roles on Criminal Minds, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and NYPD Blue. On stage, she recently starred in the Los Angeles premiere of Steven Dietz's On Clover Road and played Nurse in the Southern Shakespeare Festival's production of Romeo and Juliet. O'Connor reprises the role of Lady Macbeth after a 2002 production with Shakespeare by the Sea.

Sura plays one of theater's boldest but ultimately most tragic roles, Macbeth. Sura also appeared in On Clover Road, with television roles on Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, and Masters of Sex. He also co-produced and starred in the independent feature film Watch the Sky with O'Connor.

The cast includes: Brendan Kane (First Witch), Courtney King (Second Witch), Iris Sura (Third Witch), Steven L. Sears (Duncan, Mentieth), Miles Muir (Macduff, Warrior), Chris Clabaugh (Malcolm), Garrett Noone (Donalbain, Warrior), Philip Prendergast (Lennox, Warrior), Blake Parnell (Murderer 1, Seyton, Warrior), Stephen Alan Carver (Ross, Warrior), Allen Barstow (Banquo), Jacob Nye (Messenger/Servant, Warrior), Declan Sullivan (Fleance), Andy Kallock (Porter, Caithness), Jason Cook (Bleeding Captain, Old Man, Doctor), Anne Elise Doherty (Nurse), Jon Cates (Siward, Murderer 2, Warrior), and Cam Caddell (Lady Macduff).

Director Michael Richey was a principal member of the acting faculty at The Florida State University School of Theatre, training actors at both the Tallahassee and London campuses. His directing credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Steel Magnolias, Romeo and Juliet, and the regional premiere of Proof.

Macbeth runs October 11 through November 3. Tickets range from $20-60 and can be purchased online at, with special ticket packages available by phone at 310-833-4813. VIP Deck Tables are also available which include a production poster signed by the cast. School groups are encouraged to attend, with special 10:00am field trip shows available to arrange.

Founded in 2019, House of Bards Theatre Company's mission is to produce classical and contemporary professional theatre, to entertain and educate audiences of all ages, to challenge individual viewpoints, and to cultivate an appreciation of great literature.

Original source - Broadway World



11 October 2019

Photos and Ticket Information - Macbeth Premieres TODAY!

Macbeth Day! Today marks the premiere of The House of Bards first production! This is seriously exciting!

ImagePerformances: October 11-November 3 on Thursday, Friday & Sundays
Tickets: VIP Deck $60, Front Row $40, General Admission $30
Student Tickets: General Admission $20, Use code 3WITCHES

After a victorious battle, Macbeth encounters three witches who prophesize that Macbeth is destined to be the King of Scotland. As the witches’ claims begin to come to fruition, Macbeth is overcome with greed. Driven by his secret ambition to be king and his wife’s thirst for power, Macbeth murders King Duncan; this begins a series of malicious and supernatural events that all lead towards his ultimate madness and death.

ticket fees apply to all purchases

Friday, October 11, 2019 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 13, 2019 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 17, 2019 7:30 PM

Friday, October 18, 2019 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 24, 2019 7:30 PM

Friday, October 25, 2019 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 31, 2019 7:30 PM

Friday, November 1, 2019 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:30 PM

Renee has posted some photos from the rehearsals and setting up of the stage / getting the actors ready! Photos courtesy of Renee O'Connor & Steven Sears (who is starring in goodness I wish I were there to see this production!)



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#Macbeth #houseofbards Photo credit: Steven L Sears Come one, come all! Opening Tomorrow! Get your tickets at

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#Macbeth #houseofbards Thank you Steven L Sears for the production photos! Tickets available

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See more images from the production on Renee's Official Instagram Account