Theatre and Opera

Binge on the Bard in Staunton
4:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Shakespeare...on SPEED!

Allison Glenzer as Katherina, The Taming of the Shrew
Credit Lindsey Walters

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is known for being traditional, but you might be surprised by what constitutes tradition when it comes to the bard.

In Shakespeare’s time, the lights did not go down as the curtain came up.  That’s why the Blackfriar Theater’s racy motto is, “We Do It with the Lights On.”  And during the current five-show series, performers are taking just 48-hours to find costumes and rehearse.  Theater spokeswoman, Cathy Bagwell Marsh, says for the Bard, it was all about business.

“Because the more you did, the more money you made.”

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Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts
5:04 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Fool for Love

The power of love, and its not so distant relative, hate, are explored in one of Sam Shepard’s most enduring plays.  “Fool for Love” opens next week on the main stage at Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts.  

Sam Shepard's plays tend to roam the vast spaces of the wild west and the small spaces of the human psyche; His characters, larger than life, his themes reminiscent of Greek theater, though set in the present day.

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Arts & Culture
7:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering the Richmond Theater Fire 200 Years Later

Actress Mollie Ort stars with Bo Wilson & Jonathan Conyers.

Theater-goers in Richmond will witness an unusual theater production tonight. Actors will stage a show not seen since 1811 – a performance that ended with a deadly fire.

It was the day after Christmas, 1811, and patrons of the Richmond Theater were treated to a comedy – Father of the Family.

Then came a drama called Raymond and Agnes or the Bleeding Nun.

“The chandelier was lowered for the end of act one.”

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Ash Lawn's "Susannah"
11:35 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Opera Set in Appalachia

Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia. 

Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met.  Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote.  He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee.  She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.

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Behind the Curtain
4:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

New Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

Credit Virginia Tech

The curtain rises next month in Blacksburg on a new ‘state of the art,’ Center For the Arts at Virginia Tech.  They’re busy putting on the finishing touches and getting ready for opening night. 

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