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This year brings classics interpreted afresh, musical poignancy and pride, and explosively provocative new work. Let it lead you to new and unexpected places!


2023-2024 Season

The Expectations Season is generously sponsored by Elizabeth LeVaca, remembering Joe LeVaca.

Live Arts is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal Agency.


29 September - 29 October, 2023
Director: Susan E. Evans

Chekhov's 1897 masterpiece filled with dark humor, hidden passions, and tumultuous family dynamics. Runs in repertory with LIFE SUCKS. by Aaron Posner.


29 September - 29 October, 2023
Director: Francine Sackett Smith

Aaron Posner's delightfully comic contemporary riff, "sort of" adapted from UNCLE VANYA. Runs in repertory with UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov.


1 December - 17 December, 2023
Director: Marianne Kubik

Take a romantic journey to Pemberley for the holidays in this sequel to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."


16 February - 10 March, 2024
Directors: Director Jude Hansen, Music Director Abby Smith

Inspired by a true story, the huge-hearted musical KINKY BOOTS struts down the Live Arts stage featuring a Tony® and Grammy®-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony® winner Harvey Fierstein!


29 March - 20 April, 2024
Director: Ti Ames

Part Two of Donja R. Love’s "The Love* Plays" trilogy, which explores Queer love through Black history, FIREFLIES centers on the Civil Rights Movement. A story of endurance and empowerment with language that is rich, rhythmic, and riveting.    

2024 WATERWORKS Festival

17 May - 2 June, 2024
Director: Adrienne Oliver

Launched in 2023, WATERWORKS celebrates new theatrical voices in Charlottesville and beyond! This festival of new works puts the playwright at center stage and diversifies the stories told on the Live Arts stage.


12 July - 28 July, 2024
Directors: Director Daniel Kunkel, Music Director Abby Smith

Expelled from school (again) and sent off to the summer camp for half-bloods, troubled teen Percy—aka Perseus—Jackson discovers he's a demigod, with a very powerful father. Before he can catch his breath and explore this newfound identity, he’s packed off to the attic, where a riddling oracle delivers a prophecy. And off Percy must go, on a quest with a few of his new half-blood friends, to retrieve Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt, prevent an all-out war among their godly parents, and hope to rescue his mom from the Underworld.

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