Hampton Roads Leading Professional Theatre



Inside VSC Video Series

creating a world

Season 37



January 19 - February 7

The Hampton Years explores the empowering nature of art through the journey of two students and their professors.  Set at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in the 1940s, the production examines society’s expectations surrounding African American artists.  Based on the true story of students John Biggers and Samella Sanders, The Hampton Years follows their struggle to find their unique voices. As these students discover themselves they challenge their place in society by defining what it means to be an artist.  This original work by playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton will receive its second production at the historic Wells Theater just down the road from Hampton University where these heroic students made history. The Hampton Years celebrates the galvanizing power of creation in the community where it all began. As John and Samella work on their groundbreaking exhibition, audiences will become immersed in the multimedia journey of the artist.


Designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind, and promote education


Virginia Stage Company connects the Hampton roads community through educational and community engagement initiatives that enrich lives and encourage artists and audiences for the future. Our offerings are based on our core values of quality, diversity, and community.  As an integral component of VSC’s mission, our education and community programming strives to reflect the needs of the communities we serve, to advocate for arts integration and experiences that promote literacy, character development, and critical thinking.  We hope to inspire participants to transform the way they examine the world through programs that are accessible to all people and to develop the next generation of artists and audiences.

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