Bard in the Burbs

​​Bard in the Burbs is producing Shakespeare and Classic plays in the Chicago suburbs with some of the best talent and creative professionalism available in non-profit theatre.
​Under the guidance of
Artistic Director Sean Ogren
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Resident Director -  Suzanne Ogren
Resident Artist - RJ Ogren
Resident Stage Manager - Elyse Willis

 
Twelfth Night"
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  2016 Directed by
Sean Ogren & Suzanne Ogren

​​​2017 Season

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Pictures



May, 2017



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Coming  September 1 - 17,  2017
"Hamlet"
Directed by
Sean Ogren & Suzanne Ogren

 
 

Theatre and Productions

  We have been involved in over 100 productions, over the years, together and separately. Acting, directing  and producing in theatre, television, radio and special events. Here are images from some of those productions and celebrities we worked with.


This background image is a 1974 production of "1776" at Annie Russell Theater in Orlando. I am holding a walking stick in the center of the picture.
 
 
"No Sex Please, We're British"
 
 
"1776"
         
  Suzanne Ogren in the lead role as Frances 
         with Mary Frazier and John Kosar
              Edyth Bush Theater - Orlando
The theater is now home to the Orlando Rep
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RJ Ogren (McNair) and Sean Ogren (John Adams)
​Wheaton Drama - 2011

  "The Elephant Man"
 
  Directed by Sean Ogren
and Suzanne Ogren
Peter Lemongelli (Dr. Treves) and Chris Williams (John Merrick) 
​Wheaton Drama
 
  "Miami Vice"
 
RJ and Suzanne on the
Miami Vice set with
Film and TV actor  
Edward James Olmos
 
Walt Disney World Parade 1980 Tangerine Bowl Parade
Grand Marshal Mike Eruzione 
​​Captain of the 1980 USA Olympic Gold Medal hockey team. Mike returned in 1981 to host the live telecast with the Disney Ambassador
​We surprised Mike with the Disney World honor.
Parade & Half-Time Show Directors and writers
​Suzanne and RJ Ogren
Nationally Televised
 
  1981 Tangerine Bowl Parade & Half-time Show
 
  "Absurd Person Singular"
 
  "Anastasia"
 
 Suzanne Ogren with Film and TV star Tom Nowicki in the lead roles of this wacky comedy.
​Edyth Bush Theater - Orlando
 
Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.
("An Officer and a Gentleman")
with Parade & Half-Time Show Directors and writers
 Suzanne  and RJ Ogren 

 
  RJ as Petrovin the artist
with  TV actor Jack Russell as the banker.
​Edyth Bush Theater- Orlando
 
  "Steel Magnolias"
 
 Suzanne  Ogren as M'Lynn and Dawn Ogren (not pictured) as Shelby. 
Directed by Suzanne and RJ Ogren
​SRO Theatre - Lexington, Va
 
  "The Philedelphia Story"
 
  "Blithe Spirit"
 
 Suzanne  Ogren as Liz (the photographer)
Edyth Bush Theater
 
 Suzanne (Ruth) makes her grand re-entrance as the ghost
​Edyth Bush Theater - Orlando
 
  Veteran Film and Television actor James Best
 
  "Shenandoah"
 
  "Bedroom Farce"
 
 Suzanne Ogren (on left) in a musical number with 15 year old
Wesley Snipes (on right)
Annie Russell Theater - Winter Park
 
  Jimmie and RJ cut-up on the lake .
Jimes Best    , Dorothy Best and RJ Ogren started the James Best Theatre and Film Acting School in Orlando.
 RJ was Managing Director and Suzanne was  Production Coordinator
They also taught acting classes and RJ was the MC of the Comedy Club 
 
 Suzanne  and RJ as Jan and Nick in this hilarious farce. One of the rare times they have played wife and husband on stage
 
  "The  Fantasticks"
 
  "On Golden Pond"
 
  "It's a Wonderful Life"
​The Radio Play
 
RJ as Bellamy
Dawn Ogren at age 16 played Luissa.
Directed by Suzanne Ogren
​Encore Theatre - Orlando
 
  Sean Ogren, RJ Ogren
and Bryant Simms
Directed by Suzanne Ogren who also played the daughter.
​Encore Theatre - Orlando
 
  Three year run of this radio play set in the 1940's. Sean Ogren directed the first two years with Suzanne playing Ma Bailey. Suzanne directed the third year with Sean playing George Bailey.
RJ Ogren and Peter Lemongelli did the live on-stage sound and music effects. The third year they were joinedby Aex Blanchard  (RJ and Suzanne's oldest grandson)
Partial List of   Theatrical Productions we have appeared in 0r directed - 1973 - present
"Twelfth Night" - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - "No Sex Please, We're British" - "It's a Wonderul Life" - "The Fantasticks" - "On Golden Pond" - "The Sound of Music" - "Full Circle" - "Spamalot" - "The Elephant Man" - "Anastasia" - "Absurd Person Singula" - " The Philadelphia Story" - "Blithe Spirit" - "Happy Birthday" - "The Rivals" - "The Hollow" - "Music Man" - Mame" -  "The Solid Gold Cadillac"  - "Dial 'M' for Murder" - Barefoot in the Park" - "The Nerd" - "My Fair Lady" - Death Trap" - "Summer and Smoke" - "Butterflies are Free" - The Normal Heart" - The Odd Couple" - " Steel Magnolias" - "The Dining Room" - "My Fair Lady" - " Whose Life is it, Anyway" - "Bedroom Farce" - " Laura" - "The Nerd" - Shenandoah" - "A Man for all Seasons" - "A Thousand Clowns" - "Oliver" - "Deathtrap" - "Same Time Next Year" - 
​Scenic Design/Scenic Art
  My scenic designs and scenic art have appeared in productions across America in theatres and theme parks.
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