Past Productions

The Whole Bunch (2016)

The Whole Bunch written by Joshua Mikel was a Theatre for Young Audiences performance. In partnership with Central Health, Live Healthy Lynchburg, Amazement Square, the Education Foundation, and the Junior League of Lynchburg, the show toured around Central Virginia elementary schools with the goal of talking to students about nutrition education. The play followed quirky cowboy Sam Sarsaparilla and his trusty sidekick Horseradish as they learn about healthy eating meeting characters such as Gary Garlic, Betty Broc, and Russell Brussel along the way. 

Tour dates: February 19 – March 4

Ring of Fire (2015)

Featuring the music of Johnny Cash
Conceived by William Meade and created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Jimmy Maize

Performed at the Warehouse Theatre at the Academy of Fine Arts, Endstation created an unforgettable experience for Johnny Cash lovers with Ring of Fire. This crowd pleasing hit told Johnny Cash’s story using some of his most famous hits such as “Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and of course “Ring of Fire.”

This show was unlike any other ever seen in Lynchburg. Endstation has created a multi-media design with 3 projectors to put you right in the middle of Johnny Cash’s songs. 

July 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 at the Academy of Fine Arts Warehouse Theatre at 7:30 PM
July 26 & August 1, 2  at 2:00 PM

Counter/Top (2015)

Written by Kirin McCrory
Directed by Walter Kmiec 

Counter/Top written by Kirin McCrory, a participant in Endstation’s Community Centered New Works program, was performed in Lynchburg Parks and Recreation’s Miller Center. This dark comedy revolved around a young couple from Charlottesville experiencing the unforgettable Texas Inn and how class divide affects us all. 

The beautiful new theatre located in Miller Park was the perfect setting for our Endstation designers to show you our Texas Inn inspired set.

July 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 at Lynchburg Parks and Recreations’ Miller Center at 7:30 PM
July 5, 12 at 2:00 PM

Two Gentlemen of Virginia (2014/2015)

Written by Walter Kmiec and Jude Flannelly
Directed by Walter Kmiec

Who are the two gentlemen you may ask? A young Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. What better place for this production to spend its opening weekend but at Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home, Poplar Forest. A free tour of the home came with ticket admission.

Two Gentlemen of Virginia will ran the remainder of the summer on the beautiful grounds of Sweet Briar College.

This production was originally produced in 2014 and was remounted in 2015 due to its immense popularity. Endstation Theatre’s last performance on the Sweet Briar Campus was on July 4, 2015. Cast, crew, staff, and the community came to celebrate our goodbye where we started it all 8 years ago.

June 6, 7 at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
June 13, 14, 20, 21, July 4, 18, 19, 20 at Sweet Briar College                                         June 26 at Albemarle CiderWorks

Our Town (2014)

Written by Thornton Wilder 
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner and Aaron C. Thomas

Endstation returned to Lynchburg historic Old City Cemetery for the 2014 season with a more extensive collaboration, bringing Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town to vivid life as only Endstation can, through an exciting site-specific outdoor productionThis incredible play about the beauty and ephemeral nature of life was inventively illuminated at one of our city’s prized institutions.

The love story of Emily and George is timeless and universal. Using Wilder’s elegant writing, this particular production focused on Lynchburg, its community, its history, and its beauty. 

June 27, 28, July 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 at Old City Cemetery 

Always…Patsy Cline (2014)

Featuring the music of Patsy Cline
Written by Ted Swindley. Based on a true story.
Directed by Chad Larabee
Musical Direction by Phillip Kershner 

Performed at Lynchburg’s Academy of Fine Arts, Always…Patsy Cline was more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show was based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. 



The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, included many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”

July 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, August 1, 2, 3 at the Academy of Fine Arts

In Sweet Remembrance (2014)

Written by Tearrance Chisholm 
Directed by Walter Kmiec 

Commissioned by Endstation Theatre Company, Sweet Briar College, The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, and the Virginia Center for the Creative ArtsIn Sweet Remembrance is a tribute to the significant role of the black community throughout Sweet Briar College’s history.

Playwright Tearrance A. Chisholm, based out of Washington, D.C., has spent the past three years researching Sweet Briar’s cultural and historical importance, resulting in an original play that explores the landscape of its past, discovers the contours of its present and realizes its future.

In Sweet Remembrance was produced as part of the Sweet Briar College’s 2014 freshmen orientation week and is open to the public. 
 
The performances were free for Sweet Briar College faculty, staff, and students with a valid college ID. 
 
Sweet Briar College
Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30pm (post show discussion)
Friday, August 29th at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 30th at 7:30pm (post show discussion)
Sunday, August 31st at 2:00pm (post show discussion)
 

The Taming of the Shrew (2013)

Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

Six vaudeville performers from the turn of the century visited 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 met the residents of Padua as they employ Petruchio to “tame” their infamous “shrew,” Katarina. Audiences were entertained by this thrilling comedy like never before as they enjoyed a Downtown Lynchburg outing or a picnic on the beautiful Sweet Briar campus. 

May 31 – June 9 at Renaissance Theatre
June 15 – July 7 at Sweet Briar College                                                                    
October 26 at The Virginia Theatre Association Conference (commissioned performance)

Cymbeline (2013)

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 girl and her family brought Shakespeare’s fairy tale world to vivid life with nothing but the clothes on their backs and whatever possessions they could find. It was a magical production. 

June  14 – July 14 at Sweet Briar College
July 19 at Old City Cemetery
July 20 at Poplar Forest
July 21 at Presbyterian Homes and Family Services 

Violet: A Musical (2013)

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. Endstation was proud to bring this beautiful and uplifting story to Central Virginia.

June 28 – July 14 at Sweet Briar College 

Unearthed (2013)

Book and Lyrics by Nick Lantz
Music by Scott Gendel
Directed by Kelly Bremner 

An original piece set in the Blue Ridge foothills in 1900 and 2000, Unearthed follows the troubled lives of Alzy and Wade, who in their own time each discover the same strange man buried in the woods. The mysterious stranger promises to grant wishes to his rescuers, but wishes come at a cost, and Alzy and Wade struggle to set their tumultuous lives right in a story that draws inspiration from local history and folk stories/songs.

July 26 – 28 at Sweet Briar College

The Comedy of Errors (2012)

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner
Sponsored by The Briar Patch Restaurant 

In 2012, Endstation expanded its outdoor offerings with this madcap Shakespearean comedy which took place on the grounds of Sweet Briar House. This production ran in repertory through the entire season, allowing visitors from outside the area to see two different productions in one weekend. Endstation tackled this high-energy comedy by performing the show with only six actors portraying all of the roles, intensifying its crazy energy. All summer, audiences were rolling in the grass as the fantastic Comedy cast did their thing.

June 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 24, 29 & July 8, 15, 20 @7pm
Sweet Briar College Grounds

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2012)

Music and Lyrics by ROGER MILLER
Book by WILLIAM HAUPTMAN
Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
Directed by Chad Larabee
Sponsored by Amherst Milling Company 

In this classic musical based on Mark Twain’s novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we followed Huck and Jim on their journey down the Mississippi river. Endstation’s exciting new and fresh approach to their story wowed audiences and brought them along for the ride on those “Muddy Waters.”

June 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30 @7pm
June 24 & July 1 @2pm
Babcock Auditorium, Sweet Briar College

Macbeth (2012)

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

Endstation’s 2012 concluded with one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies. The story of Macbeth is a morality tale about greed, ambition, and the lust for power. Endstation told this tale in its own unique way, collaborating once again with the local Lynchburg post-rock band Virgineola (Hamlet2010) to create a powerful, exciting, and thrilling night of live outdoor theatre.

July 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 @7pm
Sweet Briar College Grounds

Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island (2011)

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Photo Courtesy SBC

Written by Josh Mikel
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

Written for young audiences by Endstation’s resident playwright, Josh Mikel, this original play debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2010. A bad, bad Idol challenges good, good Rosa with a series of impossible tasks — but what happens when she starts doing the impossible?! This wildly inventive adventure finds that sometimes family and good goodness can be found in the most unlikely of places. Read more on TimeOutNY.

Cry of the Mountain (2011)

Created & Performed by Adelind Horan

This one-woman show, which was conceived and was performed by the talented Adelind Horan, tackles the complex issue of mountaintop coal removal in the Appalachian Mountains. Accompanied by live music, Adelind portrayed 13 individuals impacted by mountaintop coal removal that she personally interviewed in Appalachian coal country. After each performance, Mike McCoy, Virginia Campaign Coordinator with Appalachian Voices, lead a discussion about mountaintop coal removal.

Assassins (2011)

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Chad Larabee

This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine infamous historical figures, who forged their way into our history books for their assassinations (or attempted assassinations) of some of our American presidents. Assassins explores the American experience in profound and startling ways, with a musical score by one of the most accomplished musical theatre composers, Stephen Sondheim. Characters include John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau, Emma Goldman, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sara Jane Moore, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, and more.

Twelfth Night (2011)

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

Commonly regarded as Shakespeare’s best comedy, this hysterical play is filled with mistaken identities, romance, and a little cross-dressing. Endstation staged this hilarious comedy at Sweet Briar’s old train station, utilizing a stunning mountain vista as its backdrop. Each night, audiences enjoyed a beautiful sunset while watching the tale unfold.   

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2010)

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

This hilarious show, originally created by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, featured 3 actors who attempted to perform all the works of Shakespeare in two hours. What ensuesd was a raucous, slapstick comedy that educated and entertained simultaneously. Endstation’s production toured area high schools (E.C Glass High School, Amherst County
High School, and Nelson County High School), and served as an excellent comedic introduction of Shakespeare to high school students.

The show’s seasonal run took place in Downtown Lynchburg at the Renaissance Theatre, and was met with sold out crowds, roaring laughter, and standing ovations. Our cast was comprised of three extremely talented actors and Endstation regulars: Derek Arey, Michael Stablein Jr., and Walter Kmiec. This comedy provided our actors with the opportunity to parody Shakespeare productions from Endstation’s past and present.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Written by Madge Miller
Directed by Susan Myburgh

Alice in Wonderland was our first production for young audiences. This beloved children’s classic was an exciting offering for both children and adults. Our production showcased Endstation’s designers, who created a whimsical aesthetic filled with magic and wonder. One of the most exciting features of this show was the opportunity for children to meet the characters in the lobby after curtain. Characters signed programs and posters, and children were delighted to see their favorite characters up close. This truly embodied the beauty of live theatre, where artists and audience share a special relationship that is immediate and in the moment.

Hamlet (2010)Hamlet

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

Our outdoor production this summer was Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet. This was one of our most exciting productions to date. Staged outside an old dairy barn on the Sweet Briar campus, this show featured the live music of the Lynchburg band Virgineola. The production utilized the grounds surrounding the barn, as well as the barn itself. In keeping with the aesthetic of the barn, our Hamlet found himself in Civil War Virginia, and we explored the themes and ideas of this beautiful play through this historical lens. As always, audience members brought picnics and enjoyed this play as a special theatrical experience.

The Bluest Water: A Hurricane Camille Story (2008 – 2009)
Bluest Water

by Jason Chimonides
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Hurricane Camille and its effects on Nelson County, Virginia, the Endstation Theatre Company remounted their successful production of The Bluest Water: A Hurricane Camille Story. The production was originally staged as part of the 2008 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival and was met with great success. The sold out run of the 2008 production meant many in the community were unable to see the original run of the production. The remounted production offered another opportunity for the community to share in this special work of theatre.

The Bluest Water is a memory play that takes the audience from 1969 Nelson County to Nelson County in present day. The play’s fictional characters try to heal as individuals and as a community in the face of great loss. Following each 2009 performance cast members met with audience members after the show, who wanted to share memories and reflections on the storm and its effects on the community. This gathering after each performance often became as important as the show itself.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009)

by William ShakespeareMidsummer
Directed by Ryan Clark

A Midsummer Night’s Dream marked Endstation’s second outdoor envisioning of a bard classic by the Endstation Theatre Company. This hilarious comedy, which revolves around the mishaps of love during a Midsummer evening, was staged in “the dell” on the grounds of Sweet Briar College.

Audiences brought picnics and watched Shakespeare like they had never seen it before as it unfolded over a vast playing space. There was no “off stage” area in the production and characters remained active through the entire show as they could be seen hundreds of feet off in the distance creating a living backdrop to any given scene that was being played in the playing space nearest the audience. This created an extremely active and athletic production as actors entered and exited from great distances and from all around the audience. This was all highly coordinated and expertly executed by guest director Ryan Clark and a talented group of professional actors and local talent.

My Brother’s Knife: A Madison Heights Odyssey (2009)

by Josh Mikel
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

This world premier began development in the summer of 2007 when playwright Josh Mikel was performing in the first Endstation production, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Mind of Poe. Over a span of two years, Mikel and Artistic Director Geoffrey Kershner developed the piece in both Virginia and at Florida State University. Part of this development process was moving the setting of the piece from rural Georgia to Central Virginia, specifically Madison Heights, VA.

During the course of the play, we meet Wayne Howling Wind, a Monacan Indian man who is preparing to jump off the Williams Viaduct into the James River in 1983. He is stopped by a dysfunction Amherst County Sherrif;s Deputy, which sets off a chain reaction of events that leads to the unraveling of Wayne’s dark past. This southern Gothic story that took place in our very own Central Virginia town dealt with heritage, identity, and an uncertain future.

Romeo and Juliet (2008)

by William ShakespeareKiss
Directed by Bill Kershner

Endstation patrons brought their families and picnics as they took part in some wonderful outdoor theatre. During some gorgeous Virginia summer evening in 2008, Shakespeare’s classic played out with great success on the grounds of the Sweet Briar College campus. Shakespeare’s classic love story was staged on, in and around one of Sweet Briar College’s most historic and beautiful buildings, Benedict. The building which was constructed at the turn of the century became the backdrop for Endstation’s re-envisioning of The Bard’s famous tale. The Montagues became southern aristocracy and the Capulet’s became northern carpetbaggers of the early 1900s. Along with the costumes and the architecture the audience was transported to a very different time in Virginia history.

Endstation Theatre Company set out to create a theatrical experience that heightened the theatrical convention itself. Audience members sat on the grass in front of the building as characters moved around them in this unbelievable environment. As the play began the sun shone brightly on the lovers and their new found love, as the sun set at intermission, Tybalt and Mercutio lay slain, and by nightfall our story had met its tragic conclusion.

The Tell-Tale Heart and The Mind of Poe (2007)

Written by Endstation Theatre Company
Directed by Geoffrey Kershner

This exciting original production was created in workshop at Sweet Briar College and was performed in 2007 in Lynchburg, Amherst, and Charlottesville, Virginia. It was also featured as part of the 2007 Washington DC Capital Fringe Festival. The production took some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous stories and poems and placed them in a Victorian psych ward of Endstation’s creation. This exciting piece of environmental theatre included vivid story telling, live percussion, and thrilled audiences across Virginia and in our nation’s capital.