Firehouse Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season – “The most diverse and adventurous seasons yet!”
RVA wouldn’t be complete without the amazing Firehouse theatere and their willingness to push the envelope, and the 2014-15 season is no exception! You’ll see Tony Award winners, American classics, and even a new take on the Christmas play. Have a look at the release and schedule below and head on over to their website for ticket info and season passes!
HAIR: AN AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE-ROCK MUSICAL
Book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, music by Galt MacDermot
June 26 – July 19, 2014
Peace, Love and the ’60s! Travel back to a time when youthful rebellion and optimism stood proud in the face of a war-torn establishment. Hair exploded on Broadway and defined the counter-culture movement of the era. One of the most influential musicals of all time, HAIR still resonates with the divided America of the 21st Century. “Aquarius,” “Let the Sunshine In,” “Easy to Be Hard”… the songs and optimism of HAIR triumph.
Tony Award winner – Best Revival of a Musical
Grammy Award winner – Best Score from an Original Cast Show
Drama Desk Award winner – Outstanding Revival of a Musical
“With the country on a collision course for political and financial deadlock and a continuing drumbeat of grim economic news resounding in our ears, it’s hard to resist the temptation to tune in, turn on and drop out.” – The New York Times
WAIT UNTIL DARK
By Frederick Knott
September 18 – October 18, 2014
An apartment in Greenwich Village becomes the site of theatre’s most terrifying game of cat and mouse. Desperate to reclaim a mysterious doll stuffed with illegal drugs, a con man lays a trap to ensnare a blind woman. With the help of his criminal cohorts and a few clever disguises, he spins a tale to fool the innocent and unsuspecting woman. But when the doll can’t be found, the situation spirals out of control. From the author of Dial “M” for Murder, Wait Until Dark proves that what you can’t see can most definitely hurt you.
“A classic performance… A gripping finish!” – Los Angeles Times
“Enthralling, layered characters.” – Entertainment Weekly
A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION
By Paula Vogel
November 20 – December 20, 2014
It’s 1864, and Washington, D.C. is settling down for the coldest Christmas Eve in years. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the banks of the Potomac, a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith’s mercy. In the alleys downtown, an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom. This musical by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel intertwines many lives, showing us that the gladness of one’s heart is the best gift of all.
“Ms. Vogel manages to humanize most of her many characters in a few crisp strokes of dialogue, so they come across as full-blooded people, glimpsed clearly if quickly, rather than talking statues in a historical diorama.” — The New York Times
“Artfully weaves historic details into the play [and] pulls it together with economical writing that reflects the poetry of the day.” —Variety
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THIS WORLD WE KNOW
By Kelly Younger
February 5 – March 7, 2015
Winner of the 2013 Festival of New American Plays, This World We Know tells the story of the lives of an estranged brother and sister with their younger selves. As the play unfolds, the characters struggle to choose between unearthing the roots of their hostility or burying their last chance at reconciliation at the earth of their family tree.
By Annie Baker
April 16 – May 16, 2015
A pair of thirty-something dropouts hang out by the dumpster outside a coffee shop and meditate on music, philosophy, ‘shrooms and Charles Bukowski. When a teenager employee tells them to relocate, they decide to teach him everything they know. Annie Baker’s play, an off Broadway hit, is a humorous look at friendship, ritual and small town New England.
“Gentle and extraordinarily beautiful…inordinately delicate… Ms. Baker may just have the subtlest way with exposition of anyone writing for the theater today…there is something distinctly Chekhovian in the way her writing accrues weight and meaning simply through compassionate, truthful observation.” — The New York Times
“The talented young playwright Annie Baker sets her new play behind a Vermont café, in a break area dotted with dead plants and milk crates that’s accessible only by hopping a fence…Baker’s gift is for humor and empathy—we’d roll our eyes at KJ and Jasper in real life, but she shows us their absurdity and makes us love them.” —The New Yorker
In the midst of a politically tumultuous election season, Director James Ricks brings a fresh take on two classic pieces of writing to the Firehouse Theatre in a play contrasting two political extremes. “UBU 84,” a mash-up of the 19th century French play “Ubu Roi” and George Orwell’s 1984, is the product of Joel Bassin, [...]September 8, 2016
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