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Page to Stage Entries being taken through Sept. 15!

Calling All Playwrights – It’s YOUR Time Again!

 For the past two years in October, Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre (HART) has presented Page to Stage: A Playwright’s Showcase, taking a unique look at the creative process which takes a playwright’s work from the page up onto the stage, with readings from these new works. Everyone has a great day; lots of interaction between the playwrights, audience, and the actors. We’ve made it an annual event – and now is when we need to hear from you!

 Thanks to a grant from the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council (HACC), we were able to fully produce one of the shows from our Page to Stage event in July 2014. Although we don’t have a grant this year, we still want to bring one of the shows to life, so we’ve added it to our season! We are so excited to share this opportunity with you and eager to begin reading your submissions, so with no further ado, here are the details:

  • Local playwrights should submit scenes from a new, unproduced work, no longer than 15 minutes. Musicals, Drama, Comedy; you write it and we’ll accept it for review! A committee will select 6-8 scenes to present as staged readings in an evening that encourages a dialog between playwright and audience members.
  • Each playwright may submit up to 3 scenes for review. They need not be from the same show. NOTE: If you are submitting a musical, we will need a libretto, score, and (ideally) a recording of the songs for our performers to familiarize themselves with before the Showcase. Music will be rehearsed in advance.
  • There is no limit on the size of the cast in your scenes.
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning August 25th through midnight of Monday, September 15th. We will let you know whether your scene has been chosen by email before the end of that week.
  • Send scenes electronically to HART.Page2Stage@… with the subject “Playwright’s Showcase 2014″. Include a short summary of the play, and your contact information (phone number, email, etc.).
  • On Saturday, October 18th, from noon – 5:30 PM., you will have the opportunity to work with the actors (both male & female) who will be reading your script. Dinner is provided for participating actors and playwrights, and the Showcase begins at 7:30 PM. A detailed schedule will be provided to the playwrights whose works are chosen.
  • If you have any additional questions, please send them to HART.Page2Stage@… with the subject “Playwright’s Showcase 2014″.

One of these new productions will be a part of HART’s 2014-2015 season! Our goal is to give local playwrights an opportunity to get input from a live audience on their new works in progress. It is the playwright’s choice to use the feedback in editing their works or not.

 Hillsboro Artists Regional Theatre (HART) is Hillsboro’s only community theatre celebrating its nineteenth year. We have an ongoing commitment to local artists, producing new works by local playwrights, providing training for technicians and actors, and encouraging young directors.

Crazy Old Man – making the News happen!

Have you seen it yet? A nice little article on – check it out here! The article was even mentioned in the Daily Community Theatre News. For details on our playwright, check out the article in the Washington County Summer Arts Guide. And the first show hasn’t even happened yet! 

Come be a part of the excitement – Crazy Old Man is opening Friday, July 11, 2014. An all original work by Darrell Baker, Tina Arth, & Carl Coughlan the production of which is being funded by the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council, it can truly be said to be a local success story. We can’t wait to see it shine!

In the meantime, meet a couple of our cast members!



Crazy Old Man & HART in the Hillsboro Parade on July 4!

Where were you on Friday morning? If you’re like thousands of other Hillsboro residents, you were at the annual 4th of July parade! So were we – and just in case you missed us, here are a couple of photos to refresh your memory. Come out to see the grand premiere of Crazy Old Man this Friday evening, July 11th!


The kids from Crazy Old Man had a crazy good time!


Crazy Musings from the director

COMPR2edThe rehearsals are well underway for this original work; every step is into new ground, and we are all aware of what’s at stake.  The dialogue scenes are staged, actors are strong on their lines, and now we begin adding the songs, the group numbers and crowd scenes. Soon the set will go up, the costumes will begin to appear, and before you know it, we’ll have a show!


2014-2015 Season announced!

Fools by Neil Simon
directed by Stephen Kelsey
September 5-21, 2014

Page to Stage III: a Playwrights’ Showcase
October 18, 2014

Pieces of the HART: A Night of Original One-Acts
Written & directed by members of HART
October 24 – November 9, 2014

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
directed by Ray Hale
November 28 – December 21, 2014

Spoon River Anthology
directed by Paul Roder & Tyson Redifer
February 13 – March 1, 2015

Hot L Baltimore by Lanford Wilson
directed by Patrick Brassell
March 20-April 5, 2015

Spamalot by Monty Python
directed by Tony Bump
May 29 – June 21, 2015

TBA – show selected from Page to Stage entries
July – August 2015

Tickets for individual shows are available online effective August 15!

HART announces a brand new YouTube channel!

And you are invited to check it out! Go to YouTube and search for HART Theatre. Be sure to leave a comment, subscribe, and Like our channel! Share it on Facebook! Tweet about it to your friends! We’ll be adding more video clips as they become available, so be sure to subscribe to our channel and you won’t miss a single one!

Or, if you prefer, click one of the links in this post to go straight to our page and see clips from our Page to Stage 2013 event. Check out Addiction, a powerful short monologue by Anthony Finocchiaro, read by Tori Watson-Haley. You can watch a scene from our upcoming show, Crazy Old Man, with the incredibly moving song performed by Kira Krueger. Want to see more? Buy your tickets to the show now!

Thanks for your support and enthusiasm as we explore the possibilities in some additional social media platforms. Of course we still want to see you at the theatre.  We couldn’t do it without all of you!

Faith Bible Christian School comes to HART!


Appearing on our stage for the first time, Faith Bible Christian School’s drama group will present three performances of a Dark and Stormy Knight by Christopher Burruto. Performed and directed by students, this show is open to friends, families, and the public. Join in to celebrate their hard work and creativity on May 16th at 7 PM or May 17th at 11 AM and 7 PM.

Tickets are available online now (click on the image below to go directly to the ticketing page) and at the door before each performance.  Be sure to get your tickets now before they’re all gone!

Dark and stormy night _web

Young Princess Elenora is bored to tears by castle life. When it comes to acting like a princess, she’d much prefer to fight with the noble knights of the kingdom. One problem, knights are always men. The other problem is that she is the only heir to the throne. When the royal rebel throws yet another tantrum and is sent to her room, knights-in-training Ogilvy and Dennis are put in charge of guarding her chamber door. When Lord Spencer, the king’s evil brother, tries to kidnap the princess so that he can become king, the stage is set for a thrilling adventure.

 Add to this, the mysterious Dark Knight, a wizard named Sam, and his assistant Iggy, who couldn’t be more enjoyable, and you have a fun-filled, wacky and anachronistic play!