, U.Va.

On Stage

Summer 2015


By Murray Schisgal
Directed by Bryan Garey
Ruth CaplinTheatre June 25 – July 5

College chums Harry and Milt are serendipitously reunited on a suspension bridge from which Harry is preparing to jump. A study in opposites (Harry is a would-be beatnik and Milt is the very picture of prosperity), the pair find common ground in their misery. When Milt confesses that his wife Ellen is preventing him from finding happiness with his true love, he sees Harry as a possible solution. When Ellen arrives on the scene, the absurdist action multiplies yet again, with hilarious and insightful results.  A Tony Nominated "Best Play," originally directed by Mike Nichols, Luv ran for over 900 performances in its initial Broadway run in the 1960s.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the film
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
From the original screemplay by
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Directed by Robert Chapel
Culbreth Theatre June 30 – July 5

“Lovingly ripped off” from the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this Tony Award-winning Broadway smash serves up a delightfully outrageous take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their legendary quest. The show, with music and lyrics by the Grammy®-winning team of Eric Idle and John Du Prez, comes complete with beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, flatulent Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers.


I Love a Piano

Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley
Directed by Reneé Dobson
Helms Theatre July 21 – August 1

Join us as we celebrate a true American treasure with I Love a Piano, featuring an evening's worth of songs by the legendary composer Irving Berlin. The show follows the life of a single piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the 20th Century to the modern day and features a collection of Berlin's most unforgettable classics inlcuding "Blue Skies," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Cheek to Cheek" to name just a few.

Almost, Maine

By John Cariani
Directed by David Dalton
Ruth Caplin Theatre – July 23 – August 1

Stuck in a no man’s land that is not quite in Canada and not quite in the United States, the residents of Almost, Maine are forever betwixt and between. On a clear, moonless winter night beneath the dancing Northern Lights, its residents are falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised, hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded.  On one magical, mystical night, we watch as they seek and find their hearts’ desires. Well, almost. Playwright John Cariani’s nine short and loosely linked two-person vignettes share love’s power to entwine lives and the messy untangling process it so often leaves in its wake.  


Book by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesorie
Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts
Directed by Robert Chapel

Culbreth Theatre July 28 – August 1

Violet is a touching musical tale of hopes, love, and healing that follows a young woman who leaves her sleepy North Carolina town for Tulsa, Oklahoma with plans to meet a televangelist whom she hopes can heal her disfiguring facial scar. Her travels bring her in touch with a young African American soldier who teaches her the true meaning of love and beauty along with what it really means to be an outcast. Set in 1964 against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, this Tony Award nominee for Best Revival of a Musical features a vibrant rock, country, gospel, and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek) and an acclaimed book by Brian Cawley that tackles a variety of issues all too familiar in our world today.

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