Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces 70th Anniversary Season

By | July 17, 2022

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces its 70th Anniversary Season with a
robust roster of dramatic and comedic plays and musicals for the Signature Season at the
November Theatre and the Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern. The Family Theatre Season
will be announced this fall along with the new location for combined children, families and
schools programming.

The 2022-2023 season presents reimagined classics, a world premiere, a seasonal cabaret and
titles that help Richmond celebrate community through the arts.

Virginia Rep, a non-profit professional theatre company, was founded in Hanover County in
1953, and has become one of Central Virginia’s largest professional performing arts
organizations. This year, the theatre will celebrate its 70th Anniversary year with a variety of
events. To honor this milestone, the Hanover Season will return to its original name – the
Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern.


Chicken & Biscuits
Sept. 29 – Oct. 30, 2022
By Douglas Lyons

The funniest sitcom that you will ever see on stage, Chicken and Biscuits is hot off its Broadway
run. Virginia Rep is the first theatre in the region to produce this runaway hit. Rival sisters
prepare to bury their father, and a family secret is revealed at the church altar. This laugh out
loud play will feed your soul as family drama spills out onto the Sunday dinner table.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Two years after the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the Bennet sisters and their
spouses are celebrating the holidays with family at the Darcy estate. Mary Bennet, the bookish
middle sister, isn’t in a festive mood. She is tired of missing out on romantic escapades. Will an
unexpected guest give Mary the ultimate gift of love? Don’t miss this charming sequel.
One of the most produced plays in the United States in 2018.

After December
March 2 – 26, 2023
By Bo Wilson
World Premiere
When a particle collider deep beneath the earth’s surface malfunctions, a mysterious woman
appears. She cannot say where she’s from or how she got here; she only knows that she is a
poet. But when she gives voice to her strange and beautiful poems, reality itself begins to ripple
and shift, becoming eerily unreliable. To the physicists, she’s an intriguing mystery; to the
authorities, she’s a threat. Could both be right? Discover whether science can unravel the riddle
of the poet in this exciting new play.

The Will Rogers Follies
Jun. 22 – Aug. 6, 2023
Book: Peter Stone
Music: Cy Coleman
Lyrics: Betty Comden; Adolph Green
Snappy tunes, elaborate production numbers, rope tricks and comic sketches abound in this
classic Broadway musical about the great American cowboy entertainer Will Rogers. Set
against the backdrop of the Ziegfeld Follies, Rogers is an extraordinary host as he leads you
through his life, from the family cattle ranch to his stunning rise to fame.
Winner Six 1991 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score
Winner Three 1991 Drama Desk Awards, for Musical, Music and Choreography
Winner 1991 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical


Steel Magnolias
Oct. 14 – Nov.13, 2022
Book: Robert Harling
Join us at Truvy’s beauty parlor, and meet the six hilarious and heartwarming women of Steel
Magnolias, whose antics in the salon will have you laughing through the tears. The ladies gossip
and spar, but ultimately the strength of their bond is revealed as they stand by one another to
face both the good times and bad.

A Broadway Christmas
Dec. 2, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023
Just in time for the holidays, our ensemble of musical theatre all-stars has put together lively
entertainment that celebrates the timeless Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa songs that were
initially composed for and performed in Broadway, Hollywood and Virginia Rep musicals. Each
song tells a story. Together, they will warm your heart and set your toes to tapping, while
fascinating you with the backstage holiday stories of some of the most memorable theatre
composers and practitioners of all time. You won’t want to miss this rousing celebration.

Oil City Symphony

Mar. 24 – Apr. 30, 2023
Book: Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Mary Murfitt
Music: Various
Lyrics: Various
From the creators of Pump Boys and Dinettes comes the knee-slapping and award-winning
revue, Oil City Symphony, the story of four graduates who return to their alma mater to honor
their beloved music teacher. Performing an eclectic program – ranging from the “1812 Overture”
to “The Stars and Stripes Forever” to rock standards, sentimental favorites, and off-beat original
songs – the four fill their tribute concert with good old-fashioned fun.

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