Announcing the 2014/15 Season
Written by William Shakespeare • Directed by Barry Bell
General Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland leads him into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit, and murder. Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, Macbeth, is a bloody thriller as Lord and Lady Macbeth get everything they ever wished for… but nothing they ever expected. A classic tale of power and madness Macbeth keeps you riveted to your seat until its brutal ending.
Sept. 25 -27 & Oct. 2 – 4 at 7:30 pm • Sept. 28 & Oct. 5 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees Tues, Sept 30 & Wed, Oct 1
Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman • Lyrics by Joe Darion • Music by Mitch Leigh • Directed by Patti D’Beck
Winner of five Tony Awards, The Man of La Mancha is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century epic masterpiece of Don Quixote who sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. Featuring such memorable songs as “The Impossible Dream”, “Dulcinea” and “I, Don Quixote” this extraordinary musical adventure is the comic/tragic tale of the triumph of a man over his own follies.
Nov. 7 – 8, 13-15 & 20-22 at 7:30 pm • Nov. 9, 16 & 23 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – Nov. 11 & 12 at 10 am
Pride and Predjudice
Written by Jon Jory • Based on a novel by Jane Austen • Directed by Dorothy Holland
The wit and romance of Jane Austen’s 19th century classic tale of the high-spirited, and clever Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters navigating English society in search of “someone who loves you for who you really are” comes to life on stage. Pride and Prejudice’s razor sharp observations still resonate just as honestly today as they did 200 years ago. Beautiful and romantic, Pride and Prejudice will win your heart.
Feb. 12-14 & 19-21 at 7:30 pm Feb. 15 & 22 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – Feb. 17 & 18 at 10 am
Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster
Written by David Emerson Toney • Inspired by the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by David S. Leong & David Emerson Toney
This interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein fuses events from Shelley’s life with scenes inspired by her novel. Betrayal and anger set Shelley and The Monster on a violent path through 19th century London as their worlds collide and shatter into violence. Humorous and tragic, Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster chronicles Mary Shelley’s triumph over self-destruction.
April 10 -11, 16 -18 & 23 – 25 at 7:30 pm • April 12, 19 & 26 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 14 & 15 at 10 am
The 2013/14 Season
Written by A. R. Gurney • Directed by David S. Leong
Featuring Richard Wenzel & Nancy F. Langston
Starring former Dean of the VCU/MCV School of Nursing Dr. Nancy Langston and Dr. Richard Wenzel, world reknowned doctor of infectious diseases and former chair of the VCU Dept of Internal Medicine. Love Letters is a charming 50-year love story told through the letters of Melissa and Andrew who share their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments. A heartfelt evening of surprising comedy with an ending that will squeeze tears out of all but the stoniest hearts.
Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm • Sept. 15 at 3:00 pm • (No high school matinees)
Two Comedy Ramapalooza Weekends!
Who is the “Funniest Ram on Campus” ? The Ramapalooza Stand-Up Comedy weekend will spotlight VCU’s funniest stand-up comedians as they compete for your laughs, cash prizes and the opportunity to host the following week’s Sketch Comedy performances. Two weekends of straight-up, laugh-out-loud comedy!
Stand-Up Comedy – Sept. 20 & 21 at 7:30 pm
Sketch Comedy – Sept 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm • (No high school matinees)
Music by Marc Shaiman • Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Directed by Patti D’Beck
Winner of eight Tony Awards, Hairspray follows pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad as she teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Hairspray, everybody’s favorite musical, is full of colorful costumes, toe tapping music and jam packed with big hair, big hearts and even bigger laughs.
Nov. 8-9, 14-16 & Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 pm • Nov.10, 17 & 24 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – Nov. 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 10 am
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Written by Dale Wasserman • Based on a novel by Ken Kesey
Directed by Ed Herendeen
Randle Patrick McMurphy is the charming rogue who chooses a short sentence in a mental hospital over prison time in this adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1960 classic anti-establishment novel. McMurphy challenges the dictatorship of the icy Nurse Ratched with his life-affirming spirit. Powerful and tragic Cuckoo’s Nest will remind us that no matter the cost, one must still struggle against oppression, conformity, and totalitarianism
Feb. 13-15 &20-22 at 7:30 pm Feb. 16 & 23 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – Feb. 18 & 19 at 10 am
Written by Dominic Cooke • Directed by TBA
It is the wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her. But she has one gift that could save her – the gift of storytelling. A visually stunning production, Arabian Nights will magically transport you to Shahrazad’s imaginary world of Ali Baba, Sindbad the Sailor, secret sorceresses, singing trees, and wise talking birds.
April 11 & 12 17-19 & 24-26 at 7:30 pm • April 13 & 27 at 3:00 pm • High School Matinees – April 22 & 23 at 10 am
Box Office: 804-828-6026
Tickets: Gen. Admission – $25.00
Seniors, VCU Faculty and Staff – $20.00
VCU Students with Valid ID – $10.00
Other Students with Valid ID – $15.00
High School Matinees – $10.00 per student • Credit Cards Accepted
Theatre VCU’s 2012/2013 Mainstage Season
Written by Michael Frayn • Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh
Called “the funniest farce ever written” Noises Off is a “play within a play” follows an acting company’s struggles to prepare and perform a British sex comedy called Nothing On. Everything that can go wrong does, as actors desperately try to hang on to their lines, their performances and the furniture, especially a hysterically slippery plate of sardines. Noises Off has earned Tony Award nominations for Best Play and won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble and will delight you with it’s lunacy!
Sept. 28-29 & Oct. 4-6 – 7:30 pm • Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 – 3:00 pm
High School Matinees – Oct. 2 & 3 – 10 am
Avenue Q is Broadway’s smash hit – winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical. Featuring a cast of people and puppets who tell the story of adult life in NYC in a smart funny and downright raunchy way. Avenue Q is the scrappy little musical that broke the rules with songs such as “It Sucks to Be Me” and “Schdenfreude”. These puppets may be inappropriate for children under 13, but for the rest of us, they are hilarious!
Nov. 9 & 10, 15-17 & Nov. 29 – Dec 1 at 7:30 pm
Nov. 11, 18 & Dec. 2 at 3:00 pm
No High School Matinees
The Colored Museum’s sharp wit takes aim at stereotypes, self-loathing and assimilation within the African-American community. Created as a vaudevillian mosaic of “exhibits,” each one fearlessly spans the history of African American experience and culture, while mocking stereotypes. 26 years later, Wolfe’s funny and shocking themes still resonate with the hope that these are exhibits of the past, and not living moments or models for our future.
Feb. 14-16 & 21-23 at 7:30pm
Feb. 17 & 24 at 3:00 pm
High School Matinees – Feb. 19 & 20 at 10am
Dark, nightmarish and thrilling, Christopher Bond’s play (that Sondheim’s musical is based on) follows the barber, Sweeney Todd, as he plots his bloody revenge against the judge who betrayed and deported him on false charges. With the death of his wife, Sweeney takes revenge upon the corrupt society of Victorian London by dispatching his victims with a grisly slit to the throat in his barber chair. His landlady, Mrs. Lovett, hides the barber’s crimes with tasty meat pies. A tale of obsession, and a man driven to madness by injustice.
April 6, 11-13 & 18 – 20 at7:30 pm
April 7, 14 & 21 at 3:00 pm
High School Matinees – April 16 & 17 – 10 am