Amidst a $4 milllion renovation of the Well’s Theater, the Virginia Stage Company (VSC) will produce its 2016–17 season. This marks the theatre’s 38th year and the season will include two world premieres alongside classic works. During the renovation of the Well’s Theatre, VSC’s home, the first two shows of the season will be produced at alternative venues. The season will unfold with the following shows:
First up will be the world premiere of Eric Schorr’s chamber musical, I Sing the Rising Sea (Sept. 13–Oct. 9), Eric Schorr’s chamber musical, presented at the Old Dominion University at the Goode Theatre.
Patrick Mullins adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic Oliver Twist (Oct. 28–Nov. 13), is next and will take place at the Roper Theater in conjunction with the Governor’s School of the Arts.
VSC will continue a Norfolk tradition with its annual production of A Christmas Carol (Dec. 7–24). This show will be the first to debut in the newly renovated Wells Theatre.
A Streetcar Named Desire is slated for the grand reopening of The Wells Theatre (Jan. 17–Feb. 5, 2017) under the direction of Chris Hanna.
Venus in Fur (Feb. 28–Mar. 19, 2017), by David Ives, is based on a Victorian era novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and explores a dramatic audition between a director and actress.
Closing out the season will be The Color Purple (April 11–30, 2017). This musical is based on Alice Walker’s novel. The book was written by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, and Stephen Bray. This show will be a joint production with Norfolk State University.
Founded in 1968, VSC is Hampton Roads’ leading professional theater, committed to producing new work and engaging with the community.