Fifty years ago, a group of neighbors got together with the idea of providing quality community theatre in their North Richmond neighborhood. Fifty years later, that dream continues as CAT Theatre (Chamberlayne Actors Theatre).
Because of a commitment to combining professional theater with community involvement, CAT is one of Richmond’s longest running theaters. Since 1964, CAT has been reaching out to the surrounding community by recruiting local talent and offering development opportunities for aspiring as well as veteran actors, directors, and designers. CAT continues to welcome nearly 6,000 patrons each season by providing memorable and outstanding performances at one of the area’s best ticket prices.
Last September, CAT hosted a 50th Anniversary Gala that commemorated the contribution to the community and offered a look back through memorabilia, photographs and personal accounts, including some of the humorous, if not frightening, things that happen in live theatre.
CAT concludes its 50th season with "Leaving Iowa" which opens on May 23. Today CAT announced the four shows for the 2014-2015 season.
'Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure'
"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure"
Adapted by Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
October 24 through November 8, 2014
In "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" it seems as if the world’s greatest detective has reached the end of his remarkable career, but then he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!”
'Book of Days'
"Book of Days"
By Lanford Wilson
January 23 through February 7, 2015
CAT’s 2015 entry into the Acts of Faith Festival is Lanford Wilson’s "Book of Days," a story that is funny, tragic, and a poignant murder mystery. Dublin, Missouri is a small town in America’s Heartland where three institutions in town, a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church, and a community theater provide the backdrop for Wilson’s characters who are remarkable both for their comic turns and for their enormous depth. Alvin Klein of the New York Times said, "Mr. Wilson's cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed to a new peak."
'Now Then Again'
"Now Then Again"
By Penny Penniston
March 20 through April 4, 2015
One might not think that the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory is the ideal setting for romance, but in "Now Then Again," Penny Penniston has written the story of Ginny and Henry, who find love and a future together in spite of obstacles like his neuroses, her husband and a full disbelief in destiny. The script is funny and captivating even as it requires a basic understanding of quantum mechanics, but Penniston makes that easy enough so that you can follow the love story as well as feel smarter because you’ve seen the show. Penniston is a native Virginian and attended St. Catherine’s School in Richmond.
By Ronald Harwood
May 22 through June 6, 2015
In "Quartet," three former opera singers live in a home for retired musicians in Kent, England. Annually they stage a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. But, just as they are planning the event, another opera diva arrives and upsets the balance of their community. What transpires is charming, heartwarming and uproariously funny.