As we prepare to close the curtains on Season 39, we are thrilled to enter stage right into our milestone 40th Anniversary Season. What an honor it is to share this exciting accomplishment with Hampton Roads. It is your continued support and patronage that allows us to thrive as southeastern Virginia’s leading theatre destination.
“This is the biggest tent we've ever built at Virginia Stage, and we are proud to welcome everyone from our great community in.”
- Tom Quaintance
Producing Artistic Director
Always… Patsy Cline
by Ted Swindley
September 12 - 30, 2018
One of the most beloved productions in Virginia Stage Company history returns to kick off the historic 40th Season. Celebrate the life and music of one of country music’s most iconic voices and her unlikely friendship with a Houston housewife as they bond over a pot of strong coffee, some dear letters between friends, and the beautiful tunes of Cline herself. You’ll go “Crazy” over 27 of her biggest hits.
By Thornton Wilder
October 17 - November 4, 2018
In a new production that physically adapts the Wells Theatre in groundbreaking ways, this seminal American classic has never been so immediate and so universal. This Pulitzer Prize winner’s enduring power lies in asking audiences to consider life’s biggest questions in ways that are freshly challenging today, even as it creates an ordinary New England village onstage, circa 1900. With simple theatricality, honest emotion, and family friendly laughs, audiences find themselves swept up on a roller coaster for the soul, finally joining Emily in crying out: ‘Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anyone to realize you!’
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Patrick Mullins
November 30 - December 23, 2018
It wouldn’t be the holidays without Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Wells Theatre. Experience the childlike wonder of this heartwarming story that follows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of redemption where he learns the power of kindness and compassion. This play is recommended for all ages and, in our opinion, is better the more kids you bring.
The Santaland Diaries
by David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello
December 6 - 16, 2018
Based on the memoir of award-winning comedic author David Sedaris, this hilarious one-man-show takes us back to ye olden days when he was one of Santa’s Elves at Macy’s Department Store. In this one-act play the struggling writer, who chooses the elf name “Crumpet,” weaves an unbelievable tale of drunken Santas, lascivious actors, and combative parents. Come laugh, drink and be merry with your friends at the Wells Theatre. This late night holiday treat for adults is sure to make your spirits bright!
By Alison Bechdel, Jeanine Tesori, and Lisa Kron
January 23 - February 10, 2019
Alison Bechdel’s iconic graphic novel comes to life in this Tony Award-winning masterpiece musical. Follow her journey of self-discovery as Alison recounts the mysteries of her childhood with her father in the family funeral home. Coming to understand her past leads her on a path of self-discovery and her own journey as an LGBTQ writer, artist, and woman. Join Virginia Stage for this groundbreaking musical enjoyed by play and musical lovers alike that brings forward aspects of our society that do not often take center stage.
Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
Adapted by Lydia R. Diamond
March 6 - 24, 2019
Adapted from Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s first novel, this play explores race and class during the post-Great Depression era. Young Pecola Breedlove prays for Shirley Temples’ blue eyes, sure that love and acceptance will follow; but for a young black girl in Ohio in the 1940’s, fitting in is easier wished for than done. This poetic narrative illuminates the destructive powers of racism, colorism, and how the dynamics of family and community can lift us up or tear us down. Produced in collaboration with
Norfolk State University Theatre Company.
By Karen Zacarías
April 10 -28, 2019
When is a fence more than just a fence? In this hilarious and topical comedy, a rising attorney, Pablo, and Tania his pregnant, PhD candidate wife clash with their well-intentioned neighbors and learn that sometimes the small things in life represent a lot more. The ensuing battle of tossed words and acorns challenges the characters and audience to examine their views on race, affluence, and influence, as it shines a light on just what it means to be a good neighbor.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Book by Dennis Kelly, Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
May 22 - June 2, 2019
This musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a young girl with a sharp wit and love for books. With her special brand of ingenuity, she dares to stand against the tyranny of adults who seek to crush her imagination. This multi-Tony award-winning musical provides the perfect opportunity for collaboration between Virginia Stage Company and The Governor’s School for the Arts to highlight our local students alongside some of the top professional actors from around the country.
“ As we look back over the forty years of serving Southeastern Virginia, we found ourselves drawn to stories that examined community, family and friendship. These themes run through all these plays and musicals, while ranging widely in aesthetic style, tone, and who's story is being told. From the American Classic Our Town to the theatrical adaption of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye to a groundbreaking new musical Fun Home and an extremely topical new comedy Native Gardens, it is a balanced, ambitious season that celebrates the history of Virginia Stage Company's 40 years and looks to the future of the next 40. ”
- Tom Quaintance
Producing Artistic Director