VA Repertory Theatre Announces 2014/15 “Signature Season”
It’s sure to be an exciting year at RVA’s own VA Rep – with a mess of theaters under their belt, expect high quality stage performances for months to come. Bruce Miller and Phil Whiteway are celebrating their 40 year anniversary as Artistic Director and Managing Director, and in their honor, the season is being called their “Signature Season.”
The Signature Season at the historic November Theatre downtown kicks off with Equivocation by Bill Cain, a co-production with Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare. In this high-stakes political thriller set in 1606, Shakespeare and a varietyof historical figures clash about the complexities of the truth and the terrible consequences of compromise surrounding the Gunpowder Plot.
Virginia Rep is delighted to announce Broadway’s Emily Skinner in the title role in thetoe-tapping musical comedy, Mame. Skinner began her professional career in Richmond, Virginia at the age of eight and worked at many of Richmond’s well-known theaters including Theatre IV (now Virginia Rep) before her Tony-nominated star turn in the Broadway musical, Side Show. Most recently, she starred as Mrs. Wilkinsonin the Chicago and Broadway companies of the acclaimed musical, Billy Elliott. Skinner will be joined on-stage by Richmond favorite, Desiree Roots-Centeio in the roleof Vera Charles.
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez is one of the most widely staged plays atregional theaters across the country and will serve as the offering for the Acts of FaithTheatre Festival. Lopez’s work is set in a ruined Jewish home in Richmond, Virginia in1865. Just days after the end of the Civil War, this provocative script provides a uniqueopportunity to discuss the impact of slavery and war from a religious and local historicalperspective.
Virginia Rep is thrilled to be one of the first regional theatres to receive the rights to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a recent Broadway hit by Christopher Durang. This hilarious comedy reflects age-old sibling rivalry and the debate over thedevolution of culture.The summer musical, South Pacific, will feature Stacey Cabaj in the leading role as Nellie. Bruce Miller considers this Rodgers and Hammerstein ten-time Tony Award-winning classic to be one of the most important American musicals. “It is the perfectsummer family musical and one that has not been produced in the Richmond area in years. We are delighted to bring Stacey Cabaj back to the Richmond stage.”
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HanoverTavern will kick off the season with the new play, Becoming Dr. Ruth, a one-woman show that tells the incredible life story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the pioneeringradio and television sex therapist. This inspiring, biographical work chronicles her lifejourney from fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah inJerusalem as a sniper, to her struggles as a single mother and American immigrant.
The romantic musical comedy, They’re Playing Our Song, by Marvin Hamlisch, Neil Simon and Carole Bayer Sager will provide many laughs during the holiday season. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown will provide a family offering and celebrate the 65 th anniversary of the Peanuts comic strip. Neil Simon’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers will feature Scott Wichmann in his first role upon his return from a yearlong military deployment in Africa.
The Children’s Theatre of Virginia will feature favorite childhood classics including Charlotte’s Web, Treasure Island, and Goodnight Moon as well as the historica lplay, The Maggie Walker Story, and the foot-stomping holiday musical, Santa’s Christmas Miracle. The Children’s Theatre continues its commitment to children’s literacy and the arts through collaborations with The Shops at Willow Lawn, student matinees, workshops with theatre artists and touring shows at Richmond area public and private schools, and the Richmond Public Libraries.
Virginia Rep will continue to strengthen our partnership with Cadence TheatreCompany. The upcoming season of contemporary, award winning theatre will featurethree diverse works: Sight Unseen by Donald Marguiles, the Tony-nominated musical, Caroline, or Change, by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, and the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning play, A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard.
Downtown Parking and Subscriptions Virginia Rep provides valet parking for $8 for all Signature Season productions except the previews and free self parking at all productions. Visit the website for details.
Subscriptions and packages will be available by April 1.
Single ticket sales will go on sale July 1. For pricing and package information, visit www.va-rep.org or call 282-2620
“If there was ever a play that exemplifies the family values that I grew up with, it is this play,”July 14, 2016
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