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2023/24 Expectations Season Announced

April 25, 2023 – Live Arts Theater in downtown Charlottesville is excited to announce a full season of dynamic plays and a musical for the 2023/24 Expectations Season. The 33rd anniversary season opens with Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA performed in rotating repertory with LIFE SUCKS. by Aaron Posner. It continues with a holiday offering, MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It follows in the spring with the big-hearted musical hit KINKY BOOTS, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, and continues with a Virginia premiere of Donja R. Love’s powerful two-hander FIREFLIES. The season closes with the second annual WATERWORKS festival, a celebration of new writing for the theater. 

Subscribers to the 2023/24 Expectations Season get substantial savings of up to 53% off affordable single ticket prices, premium seating, and other benefits. Subscription options include new discounted packages for educators and theater-lovers under 30 years old, and all subscribers can now enjoy an extra perk of 20% off additional single tickets for Live Arts shows. Single ticket prices range from $27 to $33 with 10% discounts available for students and senior citizens.

2023/24 season ticket packages ($90-270) are available through the Box Office at, by phone at 434-977-4177 x123, or online at 

About Live Arts 

Live Arts is a volunteer-powered, nonprofit community theater in Downtown Charlottesville. Founded in 1990, Live Arts is celebrating 33 years of forging theater and community. Live Arts is supported by grants from Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville, the BamaWorks Fund of Dave Matthews Band at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the DN Batten Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Dominion Energy Foundation, and Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


September 29-October 29, 2023

by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Susan E. Evans

In rotating repertory with

by Aaron Posner
Sort of adapted from Uncle Vanya

Directed by Fran Smith

December 1-17, 2023

by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Directed by Marianne Kubik

February 16-March 10, 2024

Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Jude Hansen

March 29-April 20, 2024

By Donja R. Love

Directed by Ti Ames

May 17-June 2, 2024

New Works on Water Street
Curated by New Works Director Adrienne Oliver

July, 2024

Teen Musical TBA

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