Forging Ahead Season: 2020-2021
Made possible by Season Benefactors Elizabeth and Joe LeVaca
Forging theater during a pandemic is an act of creative exploration. That is why we have chosen the exuberant sunflower to define our re-imagined Forging Ahead Season. Like this irrepressible flower, we are resisting the inclination to bow our heads in the face of strong headwinds. Instead, we are standing tall and following the sun as we invent new ways to forge theater and community in a time of physical isolation. Join us for this locally grown, livestreamed theater adventure!
The Fall Lineup
September – December 2020
September programming sponsored by Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates
October, November, December programming sponsored by Alexander Nicholson
September 24-25 and October 1-2
Live Arts’ annual short play festival, written by local Charlottesville playwrights! Two original plays each night. Click here to watch!
October 15-18 at 8pm
“A Charlottesville native unpacks the events of the Rally that turned her hometown upside down” in this one-woman show by Shelby Marie Edwards.
Learn more about the show in the Digital Playbill and Study Guide, or by watching the LOST HOME, WIN HOME Talkback with playwright/solo performer Shelby Marie Edwards, director Ti Ames, and producer/stage manager Aiyana Marcus.
December 17-19 at 8pm and December 20 at 2pm
IN HINDSIGHT, MAYBE GHOSTS WERE A BAD IDEA: A Holiday Play in Three Spirits is a totally original and completely zany twist on A Christmas Carol! The 2020 holiday play has replaced MARAT/SADE and the holiday special for December programming at Live Arts.
The Spring Lineup
January- May 2021
January 28-30 at 8pm and January 31 at 2pm
Interwoven monologues tell the story of five mothers in different stages of motherhood in this new work by local playwright Courtney Jett Walker. Sponsored by The Caplin Foundation. Tickets $20/household or Pay What You Can.
LET GO OF ME
March 25-27 at 8pm and March 28 at 2pm
An autobiographical play written and directed by Kelley Van Dilla exploring the tenuous relationship between a non-binary transgender child and their mother who has bipolar, while mirroring the many ways we both connect and disconnect with others during a pandemic. Tickets $20/household or Pay What You Can.
WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR
May 20-22 at 8pm and May 23 at 2pm
In partnership with Writers Remembered: A Literary Collective of Black Women (learn about the organization in this interview with founder Vivian Feggans), Live Arts presents an evening of storytelling, poetry, music, and dance celebrating unsung Black women freedom fighters throughout American history. Written and directed by Mariela Edwards.
LIVE ARTS ON YOUTUBE
Virtual Studio Visits
Join our host (and beloved Box Office Manager) Darryl Smith as he interviews local Charlottesville artists about their creative process, current projects, and more! Watch here:
Writers, actors, and Foley artists (sound effect creators) find new and fun ways to present acoustic performances in Live Arts’ spin on this hundred-year-old art form. Watch here:
- Written and directed by Gabriel Komisar
- Co-produced with Gorilla Theater Productions
- Adapted and directed by Alexander Bulova
Join us: Friday, November 20 at 7pm on YouTube Live!
- Hosted by Shelby Marie Edwards
- Performances by Amrita Shankar, Johnny Butcher, Monica Edwards, Nathaniel Star
- Hosted by Linda Zuby and Edward Warwick White
- Performances by Shannon Montague, Doug Schneider (accompanied by Greg Harris), Kristen Bell (accompanied by Kristin Baltes), Mariko Schaper Doktor, and Perry Medlin.
- Hosted by Chante Mack
- Performances by Courtney Jacobs, Rob Craighurst, Tanya Kae, and Joshua Tucker.
Join us: Friday, November 27 at 7pm on YouTube Live!
ILLUMINATION: An Introduction to Lighting Design with Jackson Key
- Click here for materials and instructions