A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by James Ricks
Shakespeare’s classic tale of magic and mistaken identity comes to life this fall as the cast of talented VCU students tour to local Richmond high schools through October.
October 11 at 7:30 pm
October 12 at 7:30 pm
Written by Danai Gurira
Directed by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates
Eclipsed tells the story of five Liberian women and their tale of survival near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War. An inspiring story of friendship, heroism, and courage, Eclipsed premiered at Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre and opened on Broadway in 2016 in a production starring Lupita Nyong’o and received nominations for five Tony Awards including a nomination for Best Play.
Eclipsed will perform in the Richard Newdick Theater in the Shafer Street Playhouse.
October 4, 5 at 7:30 pm
October 5 at 2:00 pm
October 6 at 3:00 pm
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Adapted by Kate Hamill
Directed by Wes Seals
Jane Austen’s 19th-century novel takes the stage this season as Sense and Sensibility introduces the Dashwood sisters after their lives have been turned upside down following their father’s death. The themes of this timeless classic still resonate with a modern audience, and this exciting new adaptation brings a contemporary and uniquely theatrical flair to a story that is sure to engage audience members of all ages.
November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 pm
November 10, 17 at 3:00 pm
High School Matinees November 12, 13 at 10:00 am
Written by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Keith Byron Kirk
Journalist Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 expressionist classic is inspired by the life of Ruth Snyder whose trial for the murder of her husband was the “true crime” story of its day. With a sensational tabloid energy that hurdles full-throttle towards its dramatic conclusion, Machinal explores both the inner psychology of its central character and the conflicting roles forced upon her by society in a uniquely theatrical way.
Feb. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 pm
Feb. 16, 23 at 3:00 pm
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