By Lisa Kron
Directed by Walter Schoen
Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Lisa Kron is a character in her own play. So is her mother. As Lisa, the character, works to create a theatrical memoir telling the story of her recovery from so-called allergies and the racial integration of her childhood neighborhood, her mother insists on questioning the accuracy of Lisa’s memories. The theatrical evening disintegrates into a hilarious play about issues of health, wellness, and community. This quirky and unique piece is a wonderfully insightful look into the loving and challenging complexities of the mother-daughter relationship.
Experience the best dance performances the Department of Theatre and Dance has to offer. Participating artists include Block Crew, Bollywood Jhatkas, Embody Dance Team, Ngoma African Dance Team, Ritmo Latino, Briana Williams, Caroline Weber, and Kylie McCormick.
By David Mamet
Directed by Chuck Mike
Nov. 17–19, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 20, 2 pm
Multiple award-winning playwright and director David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in a provocative tale of sex, guilt, and bold accusations. Two lawyers (one black, the other white) find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. When David Mamet turns the spotlight on what we think but can’t say, dangerous truths are revealed, and no punches are spared. Following his successful 2015 staging of Intimate Apparel, internationally acclaimed, award-winning director Chuck Mike follows up with this blistering and titillating drama on the Jepson Stage.
Production Studies III Showcase: As Bees in Honey Drown
Feb. 9–11, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12, 3 p.m.
Highlighting provocative contemporary theatre, the PS III Showcase is the culmination of two years of intense theatre study. PS III students select, produce, direct, and design a fully mounted, full-length play under the guidance of department faculty. Whatever play the PS III students choose to produce, it promises to be a compelling, entertaining, and thought- provoking evening of theatre.
Nexus: University Dancers Spring Concert
Directed by Anne Van Gelder
Costume Design by Johann Stegmeir
Feb. 24–25, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 26, 2 p.m.
Join University Dancers in celebrating 32 years of engaging dance with their annual concert, Nexus, which brings the work of innovative and talented choreographers Alexandra Damiani and Norbert De La Cruz III to the University of Richmond. Ms. Damiani, former artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, returns to Richmond for her third creative residency. Her work, noted for its broken lines, isolated parts, and group dynamics, is fused with a progressive movement vocabulary. Norbert De La Cruz, who returns to create his second premiere for the dancers, has been praised for his combination of athleticism and aesthetically dynamic shapes and forms.The concert also features premiere works choreographed by Richmond favorite Starr Foster, Founder/Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project; Eric Rivera, former dancer with Ballet Hispanico; and Anne Van Gelder, University Dancers Artistic Director.
By John Michael Teblak and Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Dorothy Holland
April 13–15, 7:30 p.m.
April 16, 2 p.m.
We Beseech Thee! Get your tickets now for Godspell, the legendary rock musical. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the show features hit songs, “Day by Day,” “O Bless the Lord, My Soul,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “Alas for You (Lawyers and Pharisees),” and “On the Willows.” Energetic, daring, haunting, and unforgettable. Don’t miss this bold, new production.