The Toxic Avenger, M*A*S*H, The Pumpkin Pie Show & more round out 5th Wall Theatre’s 2016-17 season
The 5th Wall Theatre Company aims to offer a number of unique performances for their 2016-17 season, and missing them might be toxic.
By collaborating with some of the larger theatre companies in town, 5th Wall’s founder and Artistic Director Carol Piersol will stage a collection of plays that are sure to conjure memories of past favorites but also find room for new loves from the theatre lexicon.
A number of themes will cross the stage as well, with Piersol saying she is excited to present works by female playwrights, a hilarious environmental musical, and the return of RVA’s own Clay Chapman’s 20th Anniversary Pumpkin Pie Show.
The price of a three show subscription, Rapture, Bister Burn, Luna Gale, and Toxic Avenger is $77. Add $16 for tickets to Pumpkin Pie.
The “5th wall” represents yet another dimension to the theatrical experience, breaking the traditional social and theatrical boundaries. The theatre’s mission is to provide insights into our human condition through theatrical expression. For more info and tickets, visit their website atwww.5thwalltheatre.org.
Check out the full list of this season’s performances and details via 5th Wall below:
M*A*S*H (special performance, staged reading)
August 4 – 13, 2016
Directed by David L. Robbins
One of television’s most memorable hit series is coming back to life, on stage in Richmond. The Mighty Pen Project, in partnership with Carol Piersol of 5th Wall Theatre and Phil Crosby of Richmond Triangle Players, is producing seven evenings of M*A*S*H as a benefit for all three non-profit organizations. The performances will be staged readings of the series’ pilot plus two episodes from the first season. The readings will feature many of Richmond’s best-known actors.
Performances for M*A*S*H are at Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Avenue in RVA’s Scott’s Addition. Talkbacks will follow select performances. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Richmond Triangle Players at 804-346-8113.
Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
September 15 – October 8, 2016
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in completely opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs—the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-centuryfeminist ideals. “Thoughtful, funny…One of the top ten plays of 2012.” - Entertainment Weekly
Performances for Rapture, Blister, Burn are at HATTheatre, 1124 Westbriar Drive in RVA’s West End. Talkbacks will follow select performances. Tickets are $28 (Students – $15; group rates available) and can be purchased by visiting www.5thWallTheatre.org.
Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman
January 12 – February 4, 2017
Caroline, a veteran social worker, thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter and Karlie, two teenage drug addicts accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother, Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past—and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Powerful and arresting, Luna Gale is a heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of love and betrayal.
“Smart and absorbing.” - The New York Times
Performances for Luna Gale are at RVA Event Space, 7 E. 3rd Street in RVA’s Manchester District. Talkbacks will follow select performances. Tickets are $28 (Students – $15; group rates available) and can be purchased by visiting www.5thWallTheatre.org.
The Pumpkin Pie Show: 20th Year Anniversary by Clay McLeod Chapman
February 23 -24, 2017
Co-produced by 5th Wall Theatre and the Modlin Center for the Arts. Celebrating his second decade of spinning macabre yarns, author/performer Clay McLeod Chapman returns to his hometown with The Pumpkin Pie Show – a rigorous storytelling session that Time Out NY guarantees “will send shivers down your spine.” This special anniversary presentation will include a cross-section of personal favorites (and frights) from the last twenty years of haunting audiences across the globe. “[There is] a new generation of theater artists reared on a diet of vampires, zombies, and charming serial killers. Call this movement the Theater of Blood… At the forefront of this movement is Clay McLeod Chapman, whose ‘Pumpkin Pie Show’ channels the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft,” The New York Times.
Performances for The Pumpkin Pie Show at the Gottwald Playhouse, 600 E. Grace Street in RVA’s Downtown. Talkbacks will follow select performances. Tickets are $20 (5th Wall Season Subscribers – $16) and can be purchased through the Modlin Center atwww.modlin.richmond.edu/
The Toxic Avenger
Book & lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music & lyrics by David Bryan
July 7 – 30, 2017
Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film, The Toxic Avenger, and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all – an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play… well, everyone else … bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing back-up singers. With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you’ll ever see on any stage. It’s a toxic love story with an environmental twist! The Toxic Avenger will leave audiences laughing in the aisles as it rocks the house. Featuring a wailin’ rock score, this comical musical has something for everyone to enjoy.
Performances for Toxic Avenger are at The Basement, 300 E. Broad Street in RVA’s Downtown. Talkbacks will follow select performances. Tickets are $32 (Students – $15; group rates available) and can be purchased by visiting www.5thWallTheatre.org.
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