THE BRISTLE SHORES PLAYHOUSE!
THIS IS B.S. is an 8-part web series chronicling the ups and downs of a life in the theater…well, in-the-middle-of-nowhere-non-union-summer-stock theater. Ted, the eccentric artistic director of The Bristle Shores Playhouse, welcomes a documentary crew for the summer season, hungry to grow his audience. From the initial auditions through a tumultuous rehearsal process and "tech week," watch as this colorful cast of actors (and their overworked stagehand) create drama on and off stage, and come together in the pursuit of the one thing they all love—making theater.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
When they began writing the series, B.S. creators Lindsey Bristol and Ella Smith were envisioning the theater where they met—the beautiful Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, New Hampshire. Every scene takes place in locations specific to the theater; the upstairs rehearsal room, the creepy basement rehearsal room, the cozy Green Room, multiple dressing rooms, and at the actor housing located on the theater’s property. The prospect of filming in all of these different locations seemed daunting—where were they supposed to find a theater (or any sort of space) that fit the story as perfectly as The Winnipesaukee Playhouse?
Motivated by their passion for the arts and the artists they’ve worked with, Neil and Lesley Pankhurst, the owners of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, have opened their theater to the B.S. cast and crew! They have given the team full reign of the property for eight days, during which time the entire series will be filmed. Without the incredible generosity of The Pankhurst’s, this project would not be possible. To learn more about The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and support their mission, click here.
MEET THE TEAM
WRITERS. CAST. CREATIVES. MEET THE PEOPLE BRINGING THIS B.S. STORY TO LIFE.
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support our B.S. Series!
This past May, we collected some actors, some tables, some snacks, and read through the scripts of our first 4 episodes. As we dove further into the story, we got to watch our peers respond with palpable joy and excitement about seeing their own experiences as actors unfold in front of them. This story is so close to our hearts because it is our story. It’s a story about people with passion, and we are passionate about telling it. A career in the arts can be frustrating, disheartening, and the total opposite of lucrative, but it has also given us a chance to share experiences with other people we otherwise would have never met. And most of those experiences result in an absurd amount of laughter. If we hope to do anything with this show, it’s to share some of that laughter with you.
—Ella and Lindsey, The B.S. Creators
In order to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, the team has to begin shooting...soon! It also requires transporting the team of 20+ people from New York City to New Hampshire. It is going to be an amazing and fulfilling experience—but it comes with a price tag. If you want to see this project become a reality, please visit our crowdfunding page linked above to learn more about the series and make a donation. No amount is too large or too small!