Barnyard Theatre, the charming, quirky group that performs out at Schmeiser’s Barn on County Road 31 west of Davis every summer, is back for its eighth season. This summer, Barnyard folks will compress a summer of theater into one intense weeklong festival.
The festival opens with a screening of Barnyard Theatre’s movie, “Princess Daisy,” at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Directed and filmed by Ian Wallace and written by Jennifer Provenza, it will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. It’s a “red-carpet” event featuring a reception with the cast and crew.
A special children’s matinee, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, is a kid-friendly version that will feature singing princesses, balloon animals and face painting before the show.
A $10 donation is suggested for those wishing to attend either screening.
Next, theatergoers will head to the historic Schmeiser Barn for four nights of new plays. These pay-what-you-can evenings will feature original works in progress and plenty of food and wine.
A night of short plays begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The plays will be staged by members of the Barnyard Theatre, UC Davis and Sacramento theater communities.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, guests will enjoy a reading of an original work as the culminating event of Barnyard’s actors workshop. The reading starts at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, audience members will become part of the artistic process as they complete a weeklong intensive workshop with playwright Meghan Brown’s “Psyche.” The play features a young poet wasting away in an attic coaxing poetry from his muse, while his mother, an actress recently released from rehab, works to save him.
The festival wraps up on Friday, Aug. 12, with the staging of “Nahar,” a play by John Johnson about a woman who may or may not be trapped in her apartment with a tiger.
A donation of $5 to $10 is suggested.
The Schmeiser Barn is at 35125 County Road 31, just east of County Road 95. Motorists will find a gravel driveway on the south side of the road.
The Barnyard Theatre motto, “Think Organic,” reflects the company’s dedication to creating theater from scratch, its brochure says, and its ongoing appreciation for Yolo County’s agricultural roots.
“Every summer, while preparing for the production, Barnyard Theatre takes great care to preserve the beauty, history and functionality of the (Schmeiser) barn.
“Out here, theater begins with a summer sunset and ends under the stars,” its brochure reads.
To order tickets, send name, phone number and email address, along with information about the nights desired and number in party to Barnyard Theatre, 1214 Auburn Drive, Davis, CA 95616. Checks should be made payable to Barnyard Theatre.
For more information, call (530) 574-1318 or visit www.barnyardtheatre.org.