Announcing VA Rep’s 2023-2024 Season

By | May 21, 2023

Experience the Magic of Live Theatre!

We are offering 12 exciting shows and other special collaborations

“Our 2023-2024 season features the regional premiere of an irreverent political comedy, fresh from its acclaimed Broadway run, an intriguing-yet-hilarious mystery, a new American musical, a pair of intimate biographical dramas, Dolly Parton’s uproarious nod to gender inequality in the workplace, as well as collaborations with Cadence Theatre Company and the Weinstein Jewish Community Center,” said Artistic Director of Programming Rick Hammerly.

“We’ll have five amazing children’s productions in our new space at the Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education,” added Todd D. NorrisArtistic Director of Education. ”This season we experienced the happy voices of thousands of children for our shows in the Jessie Bogese Theatre, and it’s been such a wonderful return to children’s programming. Families have definitely found us!”

Desirée RootsArtistic Director of Community, will lead a variety of programs in the new season centered on community partnerships, including Gospel Nativity at the holidays, Disney Musicals in Schools, TALL (Theatre Arts Learning League), as well as concerts and public appearances.

Signature Season at the November Theatre

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POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass
Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

By Selina Fillinger
Regional Premiere
Directed by Dorothy Holland
Dedication: Carol Piersol
Sep. 1 – Oct. 1, 2023

Hot off its Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut — a riotous comedy about the women in charge of the man in charge of the free world, whose four-letter word spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis, while seven brilliant and beleaguered women keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble.

The Silver Belles

Book by Allyson Currin; Music by Matt Conner
Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith
Based on an idea by Cathy Alter & Sandra Johnson
Directed by Susan Sanford
Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2023

The Silver Belles, a group of silver-hued vixens (think “Golden Girls”), band together to save the town’s Christmas Pageant in this heartfelt holiday musical.

Satchmo at the Waldorf

By Terry Teachout
Directed by Rick Hammerly
Mar. 1 – Apr. 7, 2024

Richmond favorite, Jerold Solomon, portrays Louis Armstrong, the greatest of all jazz trumpeters; Joe Glaser, his manager; and Miles Davis, a rival musician, in this one-man, three-character play.

9 to 5, The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton; Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture; Originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt, April 2009
Directed by Debra Clinton
Jun. 21 – Aug. 4, 2024

Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with their sexist-egotistical-lying-hypocritical-bigot of a boss in Dolly Parton’s hilarious musical.

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Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern

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Martha Mitchell Calling

By Jodi Rothe
Directed by Rick Hammerly
Sep. 29 – Oct. 29, 2023

The story of flamboyant, formidable and often misunderstood Martha Mitchell (Debra Wagoner), wife of Watergate conspirator John Mitchell (Joe Pabst), who, according to former President Nixon, single-handedly exposed the Watergate scandal.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

By Ken Ludwig
Dec. 15, 2023 – Jan. 21, 2024

Sherlock Holmes is on the case in Ken Ludwig’s murderously funny twist on The Hound of the Baskervilles. To find the ingenious killer of the male heirs of Baskerville, Holmes and Watson must escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, and disguises as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters.

On Air

Music and Lyrics by Matt Conner
Book and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith
Directed by Todd D. Norris
Mar. 15 – Apr. 14, 2024

The untold story of Frank and Flora Conrad, unlikely pioneers of mass broadcasting in the turbulent 1920’s, and their journey in establishing radio as a constant companion, messenger, and soundtrack for the life of every American.

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Children’s Season at the
Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education
Jessie Bogese Theatre

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

By Hans Christian Andersen; Adapted by Richard Giersch; Music by Jason Marks
Directed by Jan Guarino
Oct. 20 – Nov. 12, 2023

An emperor hires two tailors who promise to make him a set of remarkable new clothes that will be invisible to anyone who is either incompetent or stupid. Everyone pretends to see them, until a child yells out, “He hasn’t got any clothes on!”

The Santa Clues

By Pat Mullen
Dec. 8 – 31, 2023

Join special agents Drake and Fletcher as they follow clues that reveal the secret identity of the jolly old man in red. Be prepared, as things might not turn out as you expect!

Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure

By Karen Zacarías with the young playwrights of Young Playwright’s Theater; Music by Deborah Wicks LaPuma.
Directed by Amber Martinez
Feb. 9 – Mar. 3, 2024

Dee, José and Annie go on a field trip to the White House, and accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life—turning their tour into an unexpected adventure.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience

Based on Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed book by Mo Willems;
Published by Hyperion Books for Children; Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems; Music by Deborah Wicks LaPuma
Directed by Todd D.Norris
Apr. 12 – May 19, 2024

Dude! A special lesson and fabulous rock show all in one, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience has energetic songs, quirky characters, and a fantastic story by popular author Mo Willems.

Dragons Love Tacos

By Ernie Nolan; Based on the book by Adam Rubin with illustrations by Daniel Salmieri; Published by Penguin Group
Produced by special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences
With music by Chris LaPorte
Directed by Kära Ernst-Schalk
Jul. 14 – Aug. 4, 2024

Enjoy the fun when a boy and his dog get caught up in what to feed dragons. Who knew that dragons LOVE tacos?


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MORE: Special Collaborations
Titles and Dates will be Announced Later

Gospel Nativity

Cadence Theatre Company

Weinstein Jewish Community Center 

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