The Taming of the Shrew
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner
Six vaudeville performers from the turn of the century will visit Downtown Lynchburg and the beautiful Sweet Briar campus to bring this madcap classic comedy about love and marriage to life. Through the fun and energy of vaudeville performance styles, we will meet the residents of Padua as they employ Petruchio to “tame” their infamous “shrew,” Katarina. Audiences will be entertained by this thrilling comedy like never before as they enjoy a Downtown Lynchburg outing or a picnic on the beautiful Sweet Briar campus.
Downtown performances are May 31 at 8pm, June 1 at 2pm & 8pm, June 2 at 2pm & 8pm, June 7 at 8pm, June 8 at 2pm & 8pm, June 9 at 2pm & 8pm at the Renaissance Theatre. Performances at Sweet Briar College are June 15, 21, 23, 29, and July 7 at 7pm.
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Walter Kmiec
One of Shakespeare’s last plays, Cymbeline is a fairy tale romance. Princess Imogen becomes a prisoner in her own castle when her father, King Cymbeline, discovers that she has secretly married the low-born Posthumous. When Posthumous is banished from Britain, Imogen escapes from the castle and sets out to find her love in the mysterious forests of Britain, where she encounters mistaken identity, war, and strange potions. In Endstation’s production, using the art of imagination, a troupe of Depression-era actors bring Shakespeare’s fairy tale world to vivid life with nothing but the clothes on their backs and whatever possessions they can find. This will be a night of incredible theatrical magic, whether on the Sweet Briar campus, at Old City Cemetery, at Poplar Forest, or at Presbyterian Homes and Family Services.
June 14, 19, 20, 22, 30, and July 12, 14 at 7pm at Sweet Briar College. July 19 at 7pm at Old City Cemetery, July 20 at 7pm at Poplar Forest, July 21 at 7pm at Presbyterian Homes and Family Services.
Violet: A Musical
Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the book “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts
Directed by Chad Larabee
Set in 1964 in the Deep South with the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Violet follows the emotional transformation of a young woman accidentally scarred by her father. She sets off on a journey by bus from her small North Carolina town in the Blue Ridge Mountains to Oklahoma, in hopes that a TV evangelist can heal her scar. On her journey, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about being an outsider and the beauty, love, and courage it takes. Violet was one of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990s. Through its inventive gospel, rock, country, and rhythm and blues score, it astounded critics and audiences. This story of self-acceptance and love will be an uplifting evening of theatre.
June 28 at 7pm, June 29 at 2pm, June 30 at 2pm, July 5 at 7pm, July 6 at 2pm & 7pm, July 7 at 2pm, July 11 at 7pm, July 13 at 7pm, July 14 at 2pm at Sweet Briar College’s Babcock Fine Arts Center.
“Violet” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019