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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

7:00pm

STAND BY TO ASSIST

by Chuck Lipsig

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When human civilization is destroyed on earth, robots on the Moonbase are left with the final order, “Standby To Assist.”  Through the next 1,200-plus years, they attempt to carry out that final order, creating a society, in the process.

The playwright provided the following content warning: Most of civilization is destroyed, off-stage.  Some violence between robots.

Directed by Virginia Coldren

Featuring: J. (Jean) Novella Edwards, Annaliese Tassano, Asia Robinson, Margaret Lambert Migas, Sophia Christensen, Elizabeth Rose, Jude Hansen, Bette Dzamba

CONOVER | 4th Floor

6:30pm

CPC – GROUNDED

by Jenny Mead

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From their front porch, two friends with similar backgrounds but different personalities deal with life’s complexities, highlights, experiences, and dead parakeets, as the decades pass.

Directed by Alex Citron

Featuring: Kate Adamson, Kate Benis

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

8:15pm

NEEDVILLE

by Sara M. Robinson

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In the fictional coal town named Needville, a poet channels exploited miners; dying canaries; guilty consumers of coal-fueled electricity; and even the voices of the mountains themselves. 

Directed by Sara M. Robinson

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

7:00pm

STAND BY TO ASSIST

by Chuck Lipsig

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When human civilization is destroyed on earth, robots on the Moonbase are left with the final order, “Standby To Assist.”  Through the next 1,200-plus years, they attempt to carry out that final order, creating a society, in the process.

The playwright provided the following content warning: Most of civilization is destroyed, off-stage.  Some violence between robots.

Directed by Virginia Coldren

Featuring: J. (Jean) Novella Edwards, Annaliese Tassano, Asia Robinson, Margaret Lambert Migas, Sophia Christensen, Elizabeth Rose, Jude Hansen, Bette Dzamba

CONOVER | 4th Floor

6:30pm

THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU

by Sarah Groustra

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The Hand that Feeds You is a story about otherness, reconciliation, and how at the end of the day, we’re all just sacks of meat.

The playwright provided the following content warning: Mentions of suicide

Directed by Claire Chandler

Featuring: Steve Haske, Anthony Ayala, James Sanford

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

7:15pm

NEEDVILLE

*Post-Show Q&A

by Sara M. Robinson

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In the fictional coal town named Needville, a poet channels exploited miners; dying canaries; guilty consumers of coal-fueled electricity; and even the voices of the mountains themselves. 

Directed by Sara M. Robinson

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

5:30pm

PERSUASION, A MODERN ROMANCE

by Lisa Quoresimo

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A queer, modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Directed by Miller Murray Susen

Featuring: Christina Henderson Paxson, Mandy Shuker, John Rabasa, Kat Maybury, Caitlin  Reinhard, Madison Patterson, Paige Campbell Johns, Linda Zuby

CONOVER | 4th Floor

1:00pm

*COMMUNITY DEEP DIVE*

Sponsored by Hankel-Citizens Insurance

Educational opportunity for theater-makers.


4:30pm

HOPE IS A BIRD

by Dave Carley

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Julius and Katherine are in a George swamp, awaiting the arrival of a bird long believed to be extinct – the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. But they are unprepared for their starring roles in what will be the greatest moment in the history of birding.

Directed by Kerry Moran

Featuring: Kate Monaghan, Jude Hansen, Courtney Christensen


7:00pm

CHRIS ALAN: LOCALS ONLY Comedy Night

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LOCALS ONLY is a comedy showcase featuring a diverse group of some of the best up-and-coming standup comics in the area.

HOST: Colby Knight

  1. Gunnar Cain
  2. Abhishek Kulkarni
  3. Marilyn Hajj
  4. Mitchell Paige
  5. Amanda Fitz 
  6. Comedienne KB


9:00pm

CHRIS ALAN: LOCALS ONLY Comedy Night

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LOCALS ONLY is a comedy showcase featuring a diverse group of some of the best up-and-coming standup comics in the area.

HOST: Khalid Johnson

  1. Johnny Rad
  2. Jemar Oneal
  3. Jen Xu 
  4. Taylor Knight 
  5. Bruno 
  6. Randolph Washington Jr. 

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

5:30pm

NEEDVILLE

by Sara M. Robinson

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In the fictional coal town named Needville, a poet channels exploited miners; dying canaries; guilty consumers of coal-fueled electricity; and even the voices of the mountains themselves. 

Directed by Sara M. Robinson

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

3:30pm

PERSUASION, A MODERN ROMANCE

by Lisa Quoresimo

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A queer, modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Directed by Miller Murray Susen

Featuring: Christina Henderson Paxson, Mandy Shuker, John Rabasa, Kat Maybury, Caitlin  Reinhard, Madison Patterson, Paige Campbell Johns, Linda Zuby

CONOVER | 4th Floor

1:00pm

THE TOTALITY OF ALL THINGS

by Erik Gernard

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When an act of hateful vandalism rocks a small, quaint town where everyone used to get along, a journalism teacher goes on a mission to catch who did it. 

The playwright provided the following content warning: The play deals with anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

Directed by Laura Mawyer

Featuring: Christina Ball, Jeff Dreyfus, Linda Zuby, Asia Robinson, Jackson Davis, Steve Haske

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

7:00pm

I’M GOING TO GO BACK THERE SOMEDAY

by Asher de Forest

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Mourning his father’s recent passing and accompanied by his younger sister, his girlfriend, and his best friend/ex-boyfriend, Garry embarks on a road trip to meet his sperm donor. Meanwhile, three men kibitz inside the belly of a whale.

The playwright provided the following content warning: Death of a parent

Directed by Stephanie Finn

Featuring: Jesse Timmons, Eliza Banaszak, MK Sagastume, Rory Adams, Saturn Edwards, Kelly Carney, Robert Wray

CONOVER | 4th Floor

6:30pm

A PLAY WITH A DOOR

by Ruben S. Carbajal

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A new door appears in a home, testing the fault lines of a comfortable but tentative marriage. A two-hander with interchangeable roles.

The playwright provided the following content warning: Some explicit language

Directed by Leena Rose Miller

Featuring: Nick Hagy, Elizabeth Rose, Sophie Clayton


7:30pm

MERLOT LEMAY WITH MAYONNAISE

by Jaquelyn Priskorn

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A Celestial Being that wants Merl to give up. But with the help of co-worker Adrian and store manager KJ, Merl will learn to ignore the dark and negative voice from the cosmos. Support is out there. Even if they’re just your annoying co-workers.

The playwright has provided the following content warning: Some cursing. Hints at suicide. Mention of violence with a gun offstage.

Directed by Kerry Moran

Featuring: Christiana Mitchell, James Sanford, Liam Cavanaugh, Carissa Latona

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

8:15pm

BLUE RIDGE MAMA,
A New Musical

by Ti Ames

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BLUE RIDGE MAMA is an original hometown musical based on the playwright’s life and ancestry. Chris, a Black and queer college student, visits their mother and grandmother in Charlottesville, VA during winter break. Naturally, difficult conversations about identity, anxiety, and religion arise. When a snowstorm grounds them all under the same roof, the three generations are forced to confront their turbulent relationships and Chris’ traumatic experiences growing up in the very same city where their ancestors were enslaved.

The playwright has provided the following content advisory: This show includes adult language, use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), discussions of childhood trauma and American enslavement.

Directed by Cyril Amanfo

Featuring: Liberty Deleon, Christiana Mitchell, Pam Lockhart, Jessica Eldrige, Pearl Oliver, Ti Ames

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

7:00pm

I’M GOING TO GO BACK THERE SOMEDAY

by Asher de Forest

Learn More

Mourning his father’s recent passing and accompanied by his younger sister, his girlfriend, and his best friend/ex-boyfriend, Garry embarks on a road trip to meet his sperm donor. Meanwhile, three men kibitz inside the belly of a whale.

The playwright provided the following content warning: Death of a parent

Directed by Stephanie Finn

Featuring: Jesse Timmons, Eliza Banaszak, MK Sagastume, Rory Adams, Saturn Edwards, Kelly Carney, Robert Wray

CONOVER | 4th Floor

6:30pm

WAITING FOR THE SIX TRAIN

by Elizabeth Shannon

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A modern adaptation of “Waiting for Godot”, “Waiting for the 6 Train” follows three girls stuck at a subway platform late at night when their train keeps getting inexplicably delayed, shortly after a girl goes missing. 

The playwright has provided the following content warning: Profane language, sexual harassment, talk of violence against women 

Directed by Myck Hilson

Featuring: J. (Jean) Novella Edwards, Kaylin Allman, Hannah Thompson, Dave Burton, Patrick Migas

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

7:15pm

BLUE RIDGE MAMA,
A New Musical

*Post-Show Q&A

by Ti Ames

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BLUE RIDGE MAMA is an original hometown musical based on the playwright’s life and ancestry. Chris, a Black and queer college student, visits their mother and grandmother in Charlottesville, VA during winter break. Naturally, difficult conversations about identity, anxiety, and religion arise. When a snowstorm grounds them all under the same roof, the three generations are forced to confront their turbulent relationships and Chris’ traumatic experiences growing up in the very same city where their ancestors were enslaved.

The playwright has provided the following content advisory: This show includes adult language, use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), discussions of childhood trauma and American enslavement.

Directed by Cyril Amanfo

Featuring: Liberty Deleon, Christiana Mitchell, Pam Lockhart, Jessica Eldrige, Pearl Oliver, Ti Ames

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

5:00pm

CAMBRIOLAGE

by James Nelson

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Five actors are randomly assigned their part at the top of the performance in this expressionist comedy set inside a museum in the middle of the night.

Directed by Fran Smith

Featuring: Austen Weathersby, Eliza Banaszak, Annaliese Tassano, Ben Lohr, Eamon Hyland

CONOVER | 4th Floor

1:00pm

*COMMUNITY DEEP DIVE*

Sponsored by Hankel-Citizens Insurance

Educational opportunity for theater-makers.


4:30pm

LUCID

by Dana Hall

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Lucid explores the power of narratives that bind families in patterns that often cascade through generations. Through movement, soundscape, and dreams we enter this fractured world where each family member struggles with their own disconnectedness.

The playwright has provided the following content warning: Domestic Violence, Strong Language

Directed by Jeff Sands

Featuring: Hannah Thompson, Mandy Shuker, Jim Dulaney, Jane McDonald


8:00pm

SHADES AND SHADOWS

by William Brasse

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A chance meeting at Delphi in ancient Greece. The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is recounted by the oracle. The story is then re-told by each of the three main participants in it.

Directed by David Minton

Featuring: Kate Monaghan, Jeff Dreyfus, David Minton, Austen Weathersby

GIBSON | 2nd Floor

1:00pm

BLUE RIDGE MAMA,
A New Musical

by Ti Ames

Learn More

BLUE RIDGE MAMA is an original hometown musical based on the playwright’s life and ancestry. Chris, a Black and queer college student, visits their mother and grandmother in Charlottesville, VA during winter break. Naturally, difficult conversations about identity, anxiety, and religion arise. When a snowstorm grounds them all under the same roof, the three generations are forced to confront their turbulent relationships and Chris’ traumatic experiences growing up in the very same city where their ancestors were enslaved.

The playwright has provided the following content advisory: This show includes adult language, use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), discussions of childhood trauma and American enslavement.

Directed by Cyril Amanfo

Featuring: Liberty Deleon, Christiana Mitchell, Pam Lockhart, Jessica Eldrige, Pearl Oliver, Ti Ames

FOUNDERS | 3rd Floor

2:30pm

CAMBRIOLAGE

by James Nelson

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Five actors are randomly assigned their part at the top of the performance in this expressionist comedy set inside a museum in the middle of the night.

Directed by Fran Smith

Featuring: Austen Weathersby, Eliza Banaszak, Annaliese Tassano, Ben Lohr, Eamon Hyland

CONOVER | 4th Floor

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