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The University of Richmond Department of Theatre & Dance believes in the power of theatre and dance to build community through art, and that access to the arts should not be limited in any way. In partnership with the School of Arts & Sciences, we have created the UR Free Theatre and Dance initiative in order to remove economic barriers and make theatre and dance accessible to everyone. We are committed to the theatre as a vibrant cultural force that engages audiences in meaningful and addresses important issues of our time through compelling live performances.

2018-2019 UR Free Theatre and Dance Season 

Antigone, by Sophocles

October 4–6, 7:30 p.m.
October 7, 2 p.m.
Cousins Studio Theatre


When Antigone does not follow the orders of the head of state, Kreon, and buries her brother Polyneikes who has died in a cruel civil war, despite being deemed a traitor and a terrorist, she is sentenced to death. But there is much unrest and the advice is to reverse his punishment before it is too late. Release Antigone and bury the boy. Tragedy, however, looms on the horizon as decisions are made too late and the blood of many is spilled.

In a story that is as contemporary as it is classical, this famed Sophoclean tragedy explores the calamity produced by placing a headstrong young woman against an autocratic political tyrant. The story may be straightforward and simple, but the themes of power, family love, and defiance are complex.

The Story, by Tracey Scott Wilson

November 15–17, 7:30 p.m.
November 18, 2 p.m.
Alice Jepson Theatre

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In September of 1980, a talented, young, African-American reporter named Janet Cooke wrote “Jimmy’s World,” a Pulitzer-prize winning article for The Washington Post. Cooke’s story told of an eight-year-old, third-generation heroin addict living on the dangerous streets of Washington, D.C. Public outrage pushed many social services organizations to seek out Jimmy and his family. The problem: Jimmy didn’t exist. Based on true events, The Story examines morality as the lines between truth and ambition become dangerously distorted.

Production Studies III Showcase
Rapture, Blister, Burn, by Gina Gionfriddo

February 7­–9, 7:30 p.m.
February 10, 2 p.m.
Cousins Studio Theatre

Intensely smart, immensely funny.

                                    ~ New York Times

Director: Bailey Daigle
Lighting Design: Liz Minder
Sound Design: Kristop Rosario
Set Design: Emilie Knudsen

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Can any woman have it all? After university, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins.  

Playwright Gina Gionfriddo, dissects modern gender politics in this breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy. Rapture, Blister, Burn was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist. 

In/Motion: University Dancers 34th Annual Concert

March 1–2, 7:30 p.m.
March 3, 2 p.m.
Alice Jepson Theatre

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Unviersity Dancers celebrate 34 years of engaging dance with their annual concert In/Motion, which brings the work of innovative and talented choreographers Robert Dekkers, Norbert De La Cruz III, and Francesca Harper to the University of Richmond.

The concert will feature premiere works choreographed by Alicia Diaz, assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theatre & Dance; Richmond favorite Starrene Foster, Founder/Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance; Eric Rivera, assistant professor of dance in VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography and former dancer with Ballet Hispanico; and Anne Van Gelder, University Dancers Artistic Director. Adjudicated student choreography and live music will be featured, along with costumes and lights designed by department faculty Johann Stegmeir and Maja E. White.

Don't miss these talented dancers in a variety of works from the contemporary genre in a dance concert perfect for the entire family.

Caroline, or Change

Book & lyrics by Tony Kushner, Music by Jeanine Tesori
April 18–20, 7:30 p.m.
April 21, 2 p.m.
Alice Jepson Theatre

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Louisiana, 1963. A Confederate statue has been toppled in the middle of the night. JFK has been shot, and change is coming. Caroline, or Change is a playful, funny, and deeply moving portrait of America on the cusp of momentous social change, with all of its rage, joy, hope and pain. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner (Angels in America), with music by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, this magnificent musical blends blues, gospel, jazz, Motown, classical music and Klezmer in a breathtaking score.

All performances are free for all, but reservations are required.

To reserve tickets visit the individual performance ticket links above, or visit the Modlin Center Box Office.