Local nonprofit Opal Theatre Company will premiere a digital rendition of “Bleeding Hearts” by Steve Yockey on Vimeo.com Sept. 10-13. The digital rendition will replace the scheduled stage performance.

The show will be available for digital rental 24 hours a day for the duration of the run, and patrons will have 48 hours to watch their rental from the time they make their purchase. This will be Opal Theatre Company's first production to reach audiences outside the Treasure Valley, the company stated in a press release.

“Bleeding Hearts” is a dark comedy intended for a mature audience. ​It is a breakneck, pitch black farce about the disappearing middle class and how people forget to put themselves in each other’s shoes, according to the release. The show is directed by Daniel Vogt, starring Catherine Richardson, Matthew Melton, McKenna Kline, Tristan Berg, and Dylan Eller.

To accommodate public health measures, each actor filmed their own scenes at home while Vogt directed them in video conferences.

For more information and to receive updates when the video rental becomes available, visit ​opaltheatre.org​.

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

BLEEDING HEARTS by Steve Yockey, will premiere on Vimeo for a limited time, September 10th, 2020. An in-home experience available on popular streaming devices including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, computers, tablets, and smartphones. 


Sloane isn't sure why exactly her husband Timothy brought home a probably dangerous drifter with a knife, but she doesn’t like it. Of course, it's hard to focus when her wealthy neighbor keeps dropping by to steal anything not nailed down. And then things get violent.

BLEEDING HEARTS is a breakneck, pitch black farce about the disappearing middle class and how people forget to put themselves in each other’s shoes. Directed by Daniel Vogt, starring Catherine Richardson, Matthew Melton, McKenna Kline, Tristan Berg, and sound designed by Dylan Eller. 


All Patreon members of $3/mo or more will receive a complementary rental code to our first Digital Adaptation in September, along with continued access to the Production Blog. The next Blog will be live Thursday, 7/30 with new details and materials about the adaptation. 

Opal Theatre Company has not done this before. Nor have we ever experienced a digital adaptation of a script quite in the way that we want to produce one. That’s why we will be closing Season II and positioning Season III with a new format in mind.

We’re shaking in our sandals with excitement over what we’re making for you, and in a way that does not ask performers or attendees to put their health at risk. Please support us by leaving a comment, following our Spotify profile, signing up for Patreon, or by sharing our profile! 

We’d love to spend a few minutes with you today, and we appreciate your time.

What can be said that hasn’t been said already? This year the world is changing. At times it appears to be changing by way of repeated separation. Often it hurts. It challenges us to our core almost daily. But we continue to remind ourselves that we’re not alone. We’re grateful for our communication technologies, and to those who maintain them; for essential workers who deserve a permanent raise; for educators who have continued their lessons from afar. To anyone who has a thankless job: THANK YOU.

At the beginning of the year we launched our second season of fully produced shows at the Gem Center. The plan was to do two productions about six months apart, with the second and final show to be performed in September. This second show, BLEEDING HEARTS, by Steve Yockey (PLUTO, BELLWETHER) that Opal Theatre has the honor and privilege of premiering. The script feels just as important to share with you now as it did when we first read it. 

We still intend to produce this new play in September, though it may not be in the form of a traditional performance. If we could invite you to a performance, it would be in an environment where Ada County has reflattened the curve (horizontally), with a limited audience capacity that can comfortably maintain distance from each other and from the actors on stage, and where face masks can be provided to every audience member that needs one. We are working on a backup plan in case we cannot meet these goals. 

One of the people developing this production with us is Opal Theatre’s newest Associate Director: Sam Murphy! You may remember them as “Brigid Blake” in THE HUMANS. Sam joined us this past April and is serving as Production Manager for BLEEDING HEARTS. We’re thrilled to have them on board and can’t wait to stage another show with them soon. You can read more about the team at opaltheatre.org.

If you’re reading this post on Patreon, then you’re about to dive into the world of BLEEDING HEARTS as we’ve rendered it thus far. If you’re reading this on our blog, then you’re just $3 away from joining a group of people who have tickets to our productions all year long, free goodies in the mail, and a bevy of delicious behind-the-scenes blogs exclusively for you to sink your teeth into at patreon.com/opaltheatre!


Opaltheatre.org has changed a bit since you last visited, but our core values have remained the same. Let us know what you think. Please write if you want to support us through funding or your talents. There’s plenty of room for you on our ambitious trip to create world-class theatre. 

And with that, you’re all caught up!

This summer you can expect us to be a little more vocal, playful, and personal. We want to bring you along for the ride and hope you continue to support us as we pursue our mission to entertain, provoke, and inspire.

With love, 

Opal Theatre Co.  



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