2020-2021 Live Arts Season

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.

We hope you can join us for this locally grown, live-streamed theater adventure!

Questions? Check out our 2020-2021 Season FAQ. 

Re-Imagined Season Pass

2020-2021 Season PassInstead of asking you to renew your subscriptions in a virtual environment, we’re inviting you to purchase Season Passes at roughly the same amount you invested last year.

This “public good” approach is modeled after public radio. It enables us to present an entire season of content to patrons like you AND make most of that content available to the community on a pay-what-you-can basis.

Our aim is simple: to lower the economic barriers to theater during a time of social, emotional, and financial hardship.

20/21 Season Passes

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Forging Ahead During a Pandemic

Given the uncertain landscape ahead, we have split our 2020-21 season into fall, winter and spring lineups to allow maximum flexibility in programming. The fall lineup is in place. Winter and spring lineups will be expanded based on creative opportunities that emerge and your response to our re-imagined programming!

All three lineups feature rotating Friday night programs as well as featured performances like Locally Sourced short plays and original one-person shows.

Live But Digital Programming

Most fall and winter programming will be performed live but presented digitally for your safety and that of our cast and crews. Spring programming is intended to be both digital and in-person with rigorous safety protocols in place. If we can’t safely open the Gibson theater, we are prepared to present all programming digitally.

We plan to perform our annual summer teen musical live and in-person in July 2021 as a part of Season 31 (2021-2022).


The Fall Lineup
September – November 2020
Fall Lineup: Friday Programming

September programming sponsored by Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates Robinson, Farmer, Cox AssociatesOctober & November programming sponsored by Alexander NicholsonAlexander Nicholson

LOCALLY SOURCEDLocally Sourced

Live Arts’ annual short play festival, written by local Charlottesville playwrights! Two original plays each night.

  • Open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis
  • September 24-25 and October 1-2

LOST HOME, WIN HOME

Lost Home, Win Home

“A Charlottesville native unpacks the events of the Rally that turned her hometown upside down” in this one-woman show by Shelby Marie Edwards.

  • Presented by Barbara and Jay Kessler
  • Sponsored by John Conover & Virginia Daugherty
  • Written and performed by Shelby Marie Edwards
  • Directed by Ti Ames
  • Open to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis
  • October 15-18

Special Event: A Very Spooky *Socially Distanced* Live Arts Halloween Special

Our first fundraiser of the year will not be one to miss! Talk to characters and uncover clues in this interactive murder-mystery-style online event.

  • Tickets: $30 for individual or $50 per household
  • October 28-30

MARAT/SADE

MARAT/SADE

Full livestream production of the 1963 play by Peter Weiss about the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as performed by the inmates of the asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade. Tony Award winner for Best Play.

  • Presented by Woodard Properties
  • Written by Peter Weiss
  • Directed by Jeremy Duncan Pape
  • Full-length production. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!
  • November 12, 14, 19, and 21 (continued in December)

The Winter Lineup
December 2020 – February 2021

Winter Lineup Friday Content

December programming sponsored by Alexander NicholsonAlexander Nicholson

MARAT/SADEMARAT/SADE

Full livestream production of the 1963 play by Peter Weiss about the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as performed by the inmates of the asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade. Tony Award winner for Best Play.

  • Presented by Woodard Properties
  • Written by Peter Weiss
  • Directed by Jeremy Duncan Pape
  • Full-length production. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!
  • December 3, 5, 10, and 12

Special Event: A Very Special *Socially Distanced* Live ArtsLive Arts Holiday Special Holiday Special

A fresh (and socially distanced) new take on this annual Live Arts tradition. Happy always and merry everything!

  • Complimentary ticket included in the Bonus Pass!
  • December 21-23

SWEAT

Sweat

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of American de-industrialization through the eyes of a group of friends in Reading, Pennsylvania who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. Rescheduled from the 2019-2020 Season. 

  • Written by Lynn Nottage
  • Directed by Adrienne Oliver
  • Sponsored by Fiddlehead Fund and by Pamela Friedman & Ronald Bailey
  • Full-length production. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!
  • February 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, and 28 (continued in March)

 

The Spring Lineup
March – May 2021

Spring Lineup Friday Content

SWEATSweat

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of American de-industrialization through the eyes of a group of friends in Reading, Pennsylvania who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. Rescheduled from the 2019-2020 Season. 

  • Written by Lynn Nottage
  • Directed by Adrienne Oliver
  • Sponsored by Fiddlehead Fund and by Pamela Friedman & Ronald Bailey
  • Full-length production. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!
  • March 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 14

THE CHILDREN

Environmental disaster forces two retired scientists to reckon with the choices of their pasts. And the embers of a decades-old love triangle explode into a chilling eco-thriller that demands and challenges us to consider our legacy, restitution, and responsibility. Rescheduled from the 2019-2020 Season. 

The Children

  • Presented by George Worthington and Cameron Mowat
  • Written by Lucy Kirkwood
  • Directed by Betsy Rudelich Tucker
  • Sponsored by Tim McNamara and Timothy Read, Attorney at Law
  • Full-length production in repertory with THE ALIENS. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!
  • April 29-June 6

Special Event: Spring GalaSpring Gala

A hybrid event (online and in-person) that will reflect on the Galas of years past, celebrate the Live Arts community, and let us all enjoy our spring fever!

  • Limited tickets will be sold for in-person, outdoor event
  • Digital tickets will be sold for online option
  • Date TBD (May)

THE ALIENSThe Aliens

Annie Baker’s award-winning play takes a glimpse into the lives of three young people living in a world they did not build—our world. Paired with THE CHILDREN, these plays explore similar themes from opposite ends of the generational spectrum, among them, how does one thrive when still working to survive?

  • Written by Annie Baker
  • Full-length production in repertory with THE CHILDREN. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!
  • April 29-June 6

Additional 2020-2021 Sponsors:
Scene Shop Sponsor: Karen Pape
Box Office Sponsors: Elizabeth and Joe LeVaca