Photo: Gregory Constanzo
BEDLAM is a band of gifted unknowns who can make theatrical magic in an empty room. No theater troupe in America is doing more creative classical revivals.”
–Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout
No troupe in New York these days rides the storytelling momentum of theater more resourcefully or enthusiastically than BEDLAM.”
–Ben Brantley, The New York Times
BEDLAM makes theatre immensely more involving and entertaining for the playgoer who’s lucky enough to secure a seat.”
It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen onstage.”
–The Washington Post
a minimalist powerhouse. . . Tucker has taken the written word, garnered great actors, and shot a theatrical spear through the off-Broadway scene. . . Just real talent, doing the real thing.”
A Theater Company’s Secret to Success: Bedlam
The New York Times – JULY 13, 2016
If there is someone to blame for the week in June that Eric Tucker spent shuttling madly up and down Amtrak’s northeast corridor, directing Off Broadway by day, acting in Cambridge, Mass., by night, he is the guilty party. Likewise for those three weeks this spring when he logged 14-hour days in Times Square, rehearsing two productions at once.
Who put all of that on the calendar at the same time? That would be Mr. Tucker, the artistic director of Bedlam, the four-year-old, New York-based theater company whose adventurously pared-down aesthetic and status as a critical darling has lately placed it in great demand, both at home — where its fleet-footed, much-lauded Jane Austen adaptation “Sense & Sensibility” is enjoying an encore run at the Gym at Judson in Greenwich Village — and elsewhere.
Eric Tucker on Reimagining Shakespeare
AmericanTheatreWing.org – April 27, 2014
Working In The Theatre goes behind the curtain with The Pig Iron Theater Company of Philadelphia and the Bedlam Theater Company of NYC to learn how each company creatively reimagines The Bard’s rich and sometimes complicated text. Through movement, music and creative staging, their Shakespeare is compelling, contemporary, and never boring.
A Company’s Double, Double Toiling
The New York Times – November 21, 2013
Theater economics being what they are, actors have grown accustomed to doubling and even tripling up on roles when performing in large-cast plays.
But decupling up: playing 10 roles?
This is the task facing Eric Tucker on the nights when the Bedlam theater company performs George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village. Things don’t get much easier for Mr. Tucker when Bedlam’s repertory shifts to “Hamlet.” Then he has the title role and a few others to worry about.
Bedlam Theatre’s “Hamlet” And “Saint Joan”
wamc.org – January 6, 2014
Bedlam Theatre in New York City that is currently producing two shows – played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four – and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.
WELCOME TO BEDLAM, WHERE 4 ACTORS PLAY 49 ROLES IN 2 PLAYS - ALL ON THE SAME DAY
KPCC Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) – April 10, 2018 | Marcos Nájera | The Frame
If you look up the word bedlam in the dictionary, the definition says the word means something like “a scene of loud, passionate noise and confusion.”
Bedlam is also the name of a New York City-based theater company. This week, the troupe is in Southern California presenting two classic plays that are — quite fittingly — often considered a bit confusing and full of passion: Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan.”
With nothing but a bare stage, a couple of flashlights and a few chairs, 49 characters come to life with only four actors doing all the work. Incredibly, on a Saturday during the run, the actors perform both plays — each of which runs three hours.