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2017 Craig Noel Nominees
January 1st, 2018
New Fortune's Liaisons is nominated for OUTSTANDING FEMALE LEAD (Jessica John), OUTSTANDING FEMALE FEATURED PERFORMANCE (Amanda Schaar), and OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (A.J. Paulin)! And our fearless leader, Richard Baird, is up for OUTSTANDING DIRECTION for NCRT's Of Mice and Men!
New Fortune Theatre Company Stages Reading Of George Orwell’s Classic ‘1984’
March 17, 2017
KPBS - Beth Accomando
New Fortune Theatre Company warns that attending its staged reading of "1984" is committing a "ThoughtCrime."
KPBS arts reporter interviews A.D. Richard Baird about 1984, produced in collaboration with the San Diego Public Library!
New Fortune Theatre risks epic revenge with Les Liaisons Dangereuses
January 24, 2017
Jeff Smith, San Diego Reader
"Accomplished actors. Loaded with nuance... A kind of secular miracle... Audiences accustomed to the pace and Panzer assault of most movies might find it talky and tame. But it’s as violent as previews of coming attractions. The difference: except for a superbly realistic swordfight, the demolitions are internal."
SEDUCTION, SEXUAL INTRIGUE, REVENGE, BETRAYAL AND TERRIFIC PERFORMANCES ON STAGE AT NEW FORTUNE THEATRE IN SAN DIEGO
January 17, 2017
Jack Lyons, Desert Star
"It’s a gorgeously costumed, engaging romp... Sexy and poignant... A director's dream; a true ensemble cast... A splendid production, chock full of terrific performances... A stellar, first rate, winning production."
Liaisons of the dangerous kind, New Fortune cast revels in a classic
January 18, 2017
David Coddon, San Diego City Beat
"A bold realization of Hampton’s 1985 play... Irresistible performances... This New Fortune production is yes, very sexy, but also a penetrating discourse on the games people play."
Bien joué and thumbs up to New Fortune’s “ Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
January 19, 2017
Carol Davis - Carol's Reviews
"Stylish, elegant and posh. Beautifully choreographed... nothing misses a step. They hit the nail on the head with this visceral production. The chemistry boils, broils and sparkles."
"One hell of a show."
"Les Liaisons Dangereuses" New Fortune Theatre
January 19, 2017
Pat Launer - Jazz 88.3
"A deliciously wicked piece of seduction and manipulation. Irresistible...Breathtaking... A superb production... Witty direction... this production – sexy, ravishing and disarming – proves to be an indulgence that satiates and satisfies."
New Fortune delves into the sensual (and scheming) with 'Liaisons'
January 3, 2017
James Hebert - UT San Diego
"There’s nothing modest about “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” Certainly not the play’s scope — nor the conduct of its characters. “It’s a beast,” says Richard Baird, who’s both co-directing and starring in New Fortune Theatre’s revival of the piece. “It’s a big, 18-scene epic, with lots of bodice-ripping and sword-fighting. So it’s very exciting.”
Emerging San Diego theater company New Fortune rolls the dice on a big show
December 23, 2016
David Coddon - San Diego Magazine
“This is the first full professional production of Liaisons in San Diego,” Baird says. It’s in line with New Fortune’s motto: “Great plays, rarely done: Theatre for the Daring.” Baird and Schaar are encouraged by the direction San Diego is headed as a theater city, with not only its thriving and long-established companies but with others that are emerging on the scene and offering arts to a broader community.
Funny, Dark ‘Troilus and Cressida’
July 26, 2016
San Diego Story - Martin Jones Westlin
"Troilus and Cressida — as much a nod to Bill’s sense of humor as to artistic director Richard Baird’s clout among established local artists."
"The voice was the role, and to a person, everybody contributed accordingly and wonderfully."
Best of 2015
December 28, 2015
Jean Lowerison- SDGLN
"Richard Baird was riveting in two Pinter plays (New Fortune Theatre’s “The Birthday Party” (at Moxie); “Betrayal” at North Coast Rep) and in New Fortune’s “Henry V” at ion
And Dana Hooley was fascinating as the proprietress of a sometime boarding house in New Fortune Theatre’s production of Pinter’s “The Birthday Party,” in which everybody either lies or is deluded."
Aug. 17, 2015
Jeff Smith- SD Reader
"New Fortune Theatre opened its doors with a stunning production of Shakespeare’s Henry V. Honoring its pledge to stage the classics and classic contemporary works, the company leaps from St. Crispin’s Day, 1415, to an unnamed, English seaside town, 1958. The leap is impressive."
New Fortune Theatre Does Pinter’s Disturbing ‘Birthday Party’ Right
August 21, 2015
Pat Launer- Times of San Diego
"a harrowing event that, when it’s done right, is hard to forget.
At New Fortune Theatre, under the direction of Richard Baird, it’s done right, indeed. The endless looping dialogue, the lies, the non sequiturs, the delusion of self and others, the obliteration of a man before our eyes: These are all carefully wrought, perfectly timed, expertly acted and directed"
Quite a ‘Party’
August 16, 2015
"amazing production – so well cast, produced and directed... All that New Fortune needs is money to sustain such excellence. Baird’s Poor Players did astonishing work on bare stages and in warehouses. If New Fortune had the wherewithal they could be a major contender."
New Fortune’s ‘Birthday Party’ Puzzles and Enlightens
August 16, 2015
Bill Eadie- SAN DIEGO STORY
"New Fortune’s debut production, Shakespeare’s Henry V, popped up last fall and promptly won breathless reviews and two Craig Noel Awards. This smart and striving sophomore production is likely to bring additional honors."
October 12, 2014
Union Tribune- James Hebert
Adding to the sense of consequence around the birth of New Fortune — the most high-profile company to go live here in several years — is the fact that its production of “Henry V” opens Oct. 25.
That date is otherwise known as St. Crispin’s Day, an occasion immortalized in the famous speech Henry delivers (“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers …”) before riding to improbable glory at the Battle of Agincourt.