WSC Avant Bard (formerly Washington Shakespeare Company)

WISH LIST: $100: subsidizes a Pay-What-You-Can performance; $500: an actor’s compensation for 1 production; $1000: scenic designer for 1 production

Where can audiences experience the best of classical theater in an intimate setting (just 125 seats!) with a cast composed entirely of local actors? Only at WSC Avant Bard, whose bold and experimental productions of classic and contemporary works have invigorated the Greater Washington arts community for over two decades. As a relatively small company, WSC has the freedom to pair well-known offerings (this past fall's repertory of Richard III and Schiller's Mary Stuart) with far less traditional fare (last season's world premiere of Every Young Woman’s Desire by Marco Antonio de la Parra) and to take chances on new and promising talent: several of DC's best-known actors got their start on the WSC stage. And for their 10,000 annual audience members, WSC is one of the best values in the region – with frequent "pay what you can" shows and markedly low ticket prices for high-quality performances of Euripides, Molière, Chekov, Camus, and, of course, Shakespeare. Support for WSC is support for theater that is local, affordable, and undeniably audacious.