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VCUarts Theatre Mainstage Season

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

The department is thrilled to get back into the theatre! As always, the safety of our students and community is top priority, and we will be following any current CDC / VCU safety protocols.

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led by Elizabeth Byland
December 2nd & 3rd @ 7:00pm

The VCU Department of Theatre is hosting their first in-person Improv shows since before the pandemic!!!! Thursday December 2nd and Friday December 3rd at 7:00pm, come join us for two rowdy nights of laughter and fun! Tickets are $5 for each night (and free for Theatre department students!)

Two of our VCU teams will perform each night — “Black Brown n’ Honey” and “Running AMok” will perform on Thursday December 2nd @ 7:00pm, and “Wait did They Just Kiss?” and “Toxic Shock” will perform on Friday @ 7:00pm.

Thursday December 2nd @ 7:00pm

  • Black Brown n Honey is VCU’s newest team! An amazingly funny improv team “for brown people by brown people,” led by current student Kiki Dowell! @blackbrownnhoney
  • Running AMok is VCU’s longest running improv team at VCU with a ride or die passion for comedy, improv, and being part of VCU’s comedy family. They specialize in character driven narrative long form with the quick pacing of short term comedy.  @runningamokimprov  

Friday December 3rd @ 7:00pm

  • Wait Did They Just Kiss? is a larger team of 10 members that loves harder than most and supports eachother to no end, while focusing on a mix of long-form and short-form comedy. @waitdidtheyjustkiss
  • Toxic Shock is a group of women and non-binary, non-gender conforming people that are fearless and unapologetic with their comedy. @toxic_shock_improv 

Keep up to date with all our improv teams here: @vcuimprov



Performances will take place in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts located at 922 Park Ave.

Masks will be required for all audience members. No food or drink allowed. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Parking: There is a paid parking deck located at Harrison and Broad. You can also use public street parking which follows Richmond City regulations.


For questions, please email or call our main office at 804-828-1514

Upcoming in Spring 2022:

February 17th – 27th 2022

Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Set in New York City in 1905, INTIMATE APPAREL is a heart-wrenching story about desire, touch and what it means to be loved. Nottage tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments for women from all walks of life. With the dream of opening up her own beauty parlor for Black women, Esther begins to long for a partner, someone to make her life feel complete. But when an egregious deception cuts short heartfelt desires, can class, culture and circumstance outmatch the strength of human spirit? Inspired by a true story, Intimate Apparel is a powerful contemporary work in the style of an enduring classic—from the first female playwright to win two Pulitzers.

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March 23rd – 27th, 2022


By Lisa Wolpe
Directed by Mary Hodges

This is Lisa Wolpe’s celebrated adaptation of Macbeth with a four character cast! The director—Mary Hodges—is not only a VCUarts Theatre Alum, she starred in the premiere (that’s Mary on the far right and Lisa on the left in the photo above)! Wolpe specializes in adapting Shakespeare with a keen eye on gender, race, and sociopolitical power.  She is a pioneer in non-traditional casting, and has directed dozens of gender-bent adaptations of classical plays. 

This production will travel to area high schools and host performances on the VCU campus in Shafer Street Playhouse.

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April 14th – 24th, 2022

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Directed by Wes Seals

Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit—now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony-Award nominated team of Pasek and Paul.

Keep an eye on our website and social media for ticket announcements!

If you have questions regarding mainstage productions, please reach out to Sarah Moore at