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Acts of Faith Theatre Festival Kicks off 10th Season on January 12, 2014

The Acts of Faith Theatre Festival kicks off on January 12
The Acts of Faith Theatre Festival kicks off on January 12
Acts of Faith Theatre Festival

Some ten years ago only a few Richmond faith communities or theatres took part in the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival. This year, 15 area theatre are offering 18 shows making the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival the largest faith-based theatre festival in the United States.

Kicking off the event will be the Acts of Faith Preview on Sunday, January 12 at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre (formerly the Empire Theatre), 114 West Broad Street at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and opened to the public.

Check out the list of great shows and theaters participating in this year's festival.

From Door to Door
From Door to Door Jewish Family Theatre

From Door to Door

Jewish Family Theatre
From Door to Door by James Sherman
Jewish Family Theatre
5403 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23226
A heartwarming, bittersweet comedy about three generations of American women. Mary Goodman, a woman of the "greatest generation" is mourning the loss of her husband. Her daughter, Deborah, is encouraging her to end her period of mourning and move on with a new independence. In a series of scenes between Mary, Deborah, and Mary's mother, Bessie, Mary reflects back on her life as a daughter, wife and mother. As Mary's life progresses from childhood to matrimony to motherhood, we see how each successive generation of women lives up to the expectations of the past and makes brave new choices about the future. At the end of the play, the three women stand as links in a chain made of faith, love, and understanding.
February 20 – March 2, 2014
Discussion: February 27
804-285-6500
www.weinsteinjcc.org

15...Navigating thru Stoneland
15...Navigating thru Stoneland Islamic Theatre Company

15...Navigating thru Stoneland

Islamic Theatre Company
“The Shop” at Richmond’s Artspace, 0 East 4th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
15...Navigating through Stoneland by Mahasin D. Shamsid-Deen
"God makes us perceive." says the woman as she walks a path of self-determination and commitment of faith. She treads through time alone and sometimes with the assistance of others attempting to navigate herself through time and conditions of hardhearted resistance by both mind and institution to her right to "be" that perceptible person. The time intersects on the 15th in this story and the place spans the Arabian peninsula, Africa and America in this story where faith is conceptually distinct in the mind of the woman and expressed through spoken word, song and movement.
January 17 & 19, 2014
Discussion: After each performance
804-943-3237
www.islamictheatre.com

The Shootout
The Shootout For Our Children Productions

The Shootout

The Shootout by Jihad Abdulmumit
For Our Children Productions
The Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23075
ShootoutThe Shootout takes a raw account of the conflicting impressions in the African-American community of slavery, post-Reconstruction, years of Ku Klux Klan terror and lynching, the depression, the blues, jazz, and Hip Hop, the civil rights struggle, the Black Liberation Movement, drugs, prison, unemployment, gangs, black on black crime and violence, police brutality and --- HOPE.
Ages 13+
Discussion follows performances
804-647-0832
forourchildrenproduction@gmail.com

Olympus on my Mind
Olympus on my Mind Virginia Rep's Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern

Olympus on my Mind

Virginia Rep's Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, VA 23069
Olympus on my Mind, Music by Grant Sturiale, Book & Lyrics by Barry Harman
In this contemporary musical take on Greek mythology, Jupiter comes to Earth in human form to woo beautiful Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon. The story follows Jupiter’s transformation from a questionable god to a deity of love and compassion.
January 31 - March 16, 2014
Discussions: February 16 & March 9, 2014
804-282-2620 www.va-rep.org

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Virginia Rep's Children Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, Book & Lyrics by Douglas Jones, Music by Ron Barnett
Virginia Rep's Children Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn
1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, VA 23230
This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by this brave women who changed the world through her courage. Accurate and deeply moving, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is at turns inspiring, heart-warming, and comical, full of the good humor, determination and the charity of its subject. Your students will find a new appreciation for Harriet Tubman and a deeper understanding of her times.
January 31 – February 9, 2014
Discussion: February 9, 2014
804-282-2620

www.va-rep.org

Tartuffe by Moliere
Tartuffe by Moliere Virginia Repertory Theatre at Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre

Tartuffe by Moliere

Virginia Repertory Theatre at Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
114 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Tartuffe by Moliere
Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite, uses his connections to swindle his generous host, Orgon, out of his wealth, his home, and his wife. Despite his cunning, he hasn't fooled everyone, and the family and servants rally together to reveal his slippery nature before it's too late. Sharp, funny, and insightful, Molière’s comic masterpiece, was first performed in 1664; this year marks the 350th anniversary.
February 13 – March 9, 2014
Discussions: February 21, 28, & March 7, 2014
804-282-2620 www.va-rep.org

Grace
Grace TheatreLAB

Grace

Grace by Craig Wright
TheatreLAB in collaboration with Henley Street Theatre/Richmond Shakespeare
RVA Event Space, 0 East 4th Street, Richmond, VA 23224
The difference between belief and knowledge, and the con¬sequences of mistaking one for the other are at the heart of Craig Wright’s acidly funny and relentlessly searching new play, Grace. An evangelical Christian couple, Sara and Steve, leave a dreary life in Minnesota for sunny Florida and the hope of fast money from turn¬ing abandoned hotels into a chain of gospel-themed inns. Their new neighbor, Sam, is struggling to emerge from the trauma of a car accident that killed his fiancée and left him badly maimed. And the building’s pest exterminator, Karl, is still tormented by a dark childhood episode. As their stories converge, Wright’s characters find themselves face-to-face with the most eternally vexing questions—the nature of faith, the meaning of suffering, and the possibility of redemption.
Ages 13+
March 22 - April 5, 2014
Discussions: March 23 & April 4
804-340-0115
www.theatrelabrva.com

And Baby Makes Seven
And Baby Makes Seven Richmond Triangle Players

And Baby Makes Seven

And Baby Makes Seven by Paula Voegel
Stage B Theatre in collaboration with Firehouse Theatre Company
1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
This play tackles the many somber and troublesome moments of adulthood by giving it an energetic, hopeful, adolescent spin. This play will bring your mind out of the haze of what often comes with "maturity" and make you want to sprint to the playground. You will relearn how to love those around you...while giggling all the way.
February 24 – March 4, 2014
Discussions: Following each performance
804-355-2001
www.firehousetheatre.org

High
High Richmond Triangle Players

High

High by Matthew Lombardo
Richmond Triangle Players
1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
HighSister Jamison Connelly found personal redemption from own her sordid past through the church, and still uses her street-smarts, acerbic wit and wisdom in her role as a substance abuse counselor in her urban parish. When she is assigned to sponsor a 19-year-old meth-addicted hustler in an effort to help him go clean, her own faith is given the ultimate test. High explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.
Ages 16+
February 26 - March 15, 2014
Discussions: March 2 & 9, 2014
804-346-8113
www.rtriangle.org

The Mormon Boy Trilogy
The Mormon Boy Trilogy Richmond Triangle Players

The Mormon Boy Trilogy

The Mormon Boy Trilogy by Stephen Fales
Richmond Triangle Players
1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
Before The Book of Mormon there was The Mormon Boy! After his sell-out week of performances in Confessions of a Mormon Boy last year, writer/director Steven Fales returns to RTP to perform his trilogy of works – not only Confessions, but its prequel, Missionary Position, which details his first Mormon mission and journey of self-discovery, and the sequel Prodigal Dad, about reclaiming his relationship with his children. The Associated Press called it “the stuff of great theater”! The Trilogy will be presented in rotating repertory, with all three shows presented on Saturdays with special “marathon discount” pricing.
Ages 16+
January 16 – February 1, 2014
Discussions: January 23 & 25, 2014
804-346-8113
www.rtriangle.org

Wittenberg
Wittenberg Henley Street Theatre/Richmond Shakespeare

Wittenberg

Wittenberg by David Davalos
Henley Street Theatre/Richmond Shakespeare
Richmond Triangle Players – 1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
Trouble brews in the hallowed halls of Wittenberg U., circa 1517. Sparring professors Doctor Faustus and Reverent Martin Luther vie for the allegiance of their star pupil, Prince Hamlet, who is struggling with is faith and his tennis game. Riotous, waggish, and clever as can be, Wittenberg mixes brilliant repartee with slapstick silliness as these nutty professors argue reason verses faith and ignore Hamlet’s back-to-school stress.
March 27 - April 19, 2014
Discussions: April 6 & 13, 2014
804-340-0115
www.henleystreettheatre.org

The Quality of Life
The Quality of Life HATTheatre

The Quality of Life

The Quality of Life by Jane Anderson
HATTheatre
1124 Westbriar Drive, Richmond, VA 23238
Over the Tavern"Playwright Jane Anderson explores a myriad of ethical, religious, and moral beliefs, as well as (some would say) personal rights issues concerning life and death in her remarkable and completely engrossing new play, The Quality of Life." - Terri Roberts, Theater Mania
Winner! 2007 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an Outstanding New Play. Winner! 2008 Ovation Award for Best New Play. Nominee! 2013 Jeff Award, Best Production of a Play.
From award-winning writer Jane Anderson (AMC's Mad Men, The Baby Dance, Looking for Normal) comes this "magnetic work of theater" (The San Francisco Chronicle) filled with compassion, honesty and humor.
February 7-16, 2014
Discussions: February 9 & 16, 2014
804-343-6364
www.hattheatre.org

Noye's Fludde
Noye's Fludde Greater Richmond Children’s Choir in cooperation with Capitol Opera Richmond

Noye's Fludde

Greater Richmond Children’s Choir in cooperation with Capitol Opera Richmond and River Road Church, Baptist
River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229
Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten, opus 59
Come and join Noye, his family, a cast of animals and musicians as they escape from the great flood that encompasses the earth in this colorful Biblical-inspired opera written by Benjamin Britten. Noye's Fludde is based on an early 15th-century mystery play. Written with amateurs in mind - and including join-in carols for the audience!
March 22 & 23, 2014
Discussion: March 23, 2014

804-201-1894
www.grcchoir.org

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Firehouse Theatre Project

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz
Firehouse Theatre Project
1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
This 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Mace is a great professional wrestler, but he’s no champion — that’s the impossibly charismatic Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of the champ, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan to put the duo onscreen as terrorists.
Ages 17+
February 8 – March 8, 2014
Discussions: February 21 & 28, 2014
804-355-2001
www.firehousetheatre.org

The Joshua Plant
The Joshua Plant CAT Theatre

The Joshua Plant

The Joshua Plant by Amy Berlin & Ann Bucci
CAT Theatre
319 North Wilkinson Road, Richmond, VA 23227
The Joshua Plant is the winner of CAT’s 50th Anniversary Original Play Contest and was chosen from dozens of plays submitted by Virginia playwrights. Josh, an autistic teen with little to no language skills, shares a rich friendship with Sid, a houseplant. Together Sid and Josh work to save Josh’s mother from the hands of her manipulative boyfriend, Jimmy, and prevent Jimmy's plan to place Josh in an institution. The dramedy explores the characters' inabilities to communicate and imagines the inner life of a severely autistic teen. The Joshua Plant began as a ten-minute play that was a finalist in the 2005 Chicago Dramatist Fall Ten Minute Workshop. Since then, it has had three developmental readings with Phoenix Theatre and a staged reading at the Pandora Festival, both in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as a reading at the Richmond Public Library as part of the Richmond Writers series.
Ages 13+
January 24 – February 8, 2014
Discussions: January 25 & February 2, 2014
804-262-9760
www.cattheatre.com

Clybourne Park
Clybourne Park Cadence Theatre Company

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre
114 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
Clybourne Park won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. Clybourne Park is a dramatic follow-up to A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry; it is a moving and thought-provoking story of racism and how it evolves but never ends. Laced with comedy and satire, the play asks the audience to closely examine its own community identity.
Ages 16+
February 20 – March 15, 2014, Discussions: March 2 & 9, 2014
804-282-2620
www.va-rep.org
Virginia Repertory Theatre