Written by Sophie Treadwell

C0-Directed by Keith Byron Kirk & Dr. Jess Njus

VCUarts Theatre’s next Mainstage Production MACHINAL runs February 14th -23rd, co-directed by Keith Byron Kirk and Dr. Jesse Njus. MACHINAL is an American Expressionist piece written by NY journalist, novelist, and women’s rights activist Sophie Treadwell and premiered in 1928. Treadwell wrote the play loosely based on the true story of Ruth Snyder, a Queens housewife accused of murdering her husband in 1927. Treadwell digs beneath the surface to explore a woman at the center of a crime—her emotions, life story, desires…and what makes her break.


Feb. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm

Feb. 16, 23 at 3:00 pm

Tickets Available Here

Click here for more information on MACHINAL and playwright Sophie Treadwell, provided by co-director Dr. Jesse Njus, a Theatre History professor at VCU who holds a PhD from Northwestern University’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama.


APRIL 2020


Books and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Music by Duncan Sheik

Directed Kikau Alvaro


Spring Awakening, based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking 1891 play of the same name, is a rock musical that tells the story of teenagers in a repressive society discovering their sexuality and finding their own voice. Spring Awakening debuted on Broadway in 2006 and won eight Tony Awards as well as the Grammy for the original cast album which features the hit songs “Mama Who Bore Me” and “Whispering.”


April 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 pm

April 18, 25 at 2:00 pm

April 19, 26 at 3:00 pm

High School Matinees April 21, 22 at 10:00 am


Tickets Available Here