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, livestreamed theater adventure!

Questions? Check out our 2020-2021 Season FAQ. 


The Fall Lineup
September – November 2020

Printable Fall Calendar

September programming sponsored by Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates 

October & November programming sponsored by Alexander Nicholson 

LOCALLY SOURCEDLocally Sourced

September 24-25 and October 1-2

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


Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, October 2 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on Facebook Live or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.

  • Special guest Sarah Boyts Yoder
  • Hosted by Darryl Smith

Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, October 9 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on Facebook Live or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.

  • Co-production with Gorilla Theater Productions

Lost Home, Win Home

LOST HOME, WIN HOME

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.

  • Presented by Barbara and Jay Kessler
  • Sponsored by John Conover & Virginia Daugherty
  • Co-produced with Lighthouse Studio

Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, October 16 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.

  • Co-produced with Four County Players
  • Hosted by Edward Warwick-White and Linda Zuby
  • Performances by: Kristen Bell, Mariko Schaper Doktor, Perry Medlin, Shannon Montague, and Doug Schneider

Foundry Fridays WorkshopFoundry Fridays

Friday, October 23 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.

  • Halloween Mask-Making with Anna Cai
  • 10 LIVE participant slots available!

Where’s Darryl!? A Mystery on Water Street

October 28-30, 7pm

The week before Halloween, our beloved Box Office Manager, Darryl Smith, goes missing. One of our mystery characters knows where he is! Talk to characters and uncover clues in this interactive online event.

  • Tickets here! $30 for individual or $50 per household
  • Directed by Matthew Reynolds

Virtual Studio Visits

Virtual Studio Visit

Friday, November 6 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, November 13 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, November 20 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Foundry Fridays WorkshopFoundry Fridays

Friday, November 27 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


The Winter Lineup
December 2020 – February 2021

December programming sponsored by Alexander Nicholson

Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, December 4 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


MARAT/SADE

MARAT/SADEDecember 3, 5, 10, and 12

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!

Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, December 11 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, December 18 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


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

December 21-23 at 7pm

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!

Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, January 1 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, January 8 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, January 15 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Foundry FridaysFoundry Fridays Workshop

Friday, January 22 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, February 5 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, February 12 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


SWEATSweat

February 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, and 28 (continued in March)

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!

Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, February 19 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Foundry Fridays WorkshopFoundry Fridays

Friday, February 26 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


The Spring Lineup
March – May 2021

 

Sweat

SWEAT

March 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 14

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!

Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, March 5 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, March 12 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, March 19 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Foundry Fridays WorkshopFoundry Fridays

Friday, March 26 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, April 2 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, April 9 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, April 16 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Foundry Fridays WorkshopFoundry Fridays

Friday, April 23 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


The Children

THE CHILDREN

April 29-June 6

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. 

  • 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!

THE ALIENSThe Aliens

April 29-June 6

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
  • Directed by Amalia Oswald
  • Sponsored by The Caplin Foundation
  • Full-length production in repertory with THE CHILDREN. Digital tickets included in the Bonus Pass!

Special Event: Spring GalaSpring Gala

Date TBA (May)

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

Virtual Studio VisitVirtual Studio Visits

Friday, May 7 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Radio PlaysRadio Plays

Friday, May 14 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Live Arts CoffeehouseCoffeehouse

Friday, May 21 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Foundry Fridays WorkshopFoundry Fridays

Friday, May 28 at 7pm

Part of our rotating Friday night programming, presented LIVE on YouTube or available to watch later at your convenience. Go to our Watch Online! tab for help watching Friday night events.


Additional 2020-2021 Sponsors:
Box Office Sponsors Elizabeth and Joe LeVaca
Design and Development Partner Convoy
Media Sponsor WTJU 91.1FM
Scene Shop Sponsor Karen Pape

Pay What You Can Sponsors:
Allison Partners
Latitude 38
Strauss Construction
Ting