Welcome to No Holds Bard: The Pericles Project, a weekly live stream event. Our diverse team of local actors, artists, designers, and filmmakers trek all over Milwaukee to bring you a lighthearted, fun (but true to the Bard) Pericles, Prince of Tyre. The play has been edited into 16 super sexy and scintillatingly short pre-recorded film segments. Each will be streamed every week with a lively host and libations. Tune in to chat with the cast, creative team, special guests, and a "drink of the week."

Bardians Susan Scot Fry, Ron Scot Fry, Tom Reed and ML Cogar are the driving force behind this overly ambitious project. Our clarion call of “... because no-one told us it was a dumb idea!” brings us to today. No Holds Bard: The Pericles Project. 


Founded in 1993 (take that you Millenials) as a company with a whole other name, don’t ask, or ask and we’ll tell you… Back on point! Optimist Theatre became Optimist Theatre in 2009 when we decided to produce free Shakespeare in the Park at the height of the recession. We figured a daily reminder would be helpful. It was.


Fast forward to 2020 when those well-toned mental optimist muscles came in super handy as we pivoted and No Holds Bard was born. 

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