Richmond Triangle Players’ 2017-18, 25th Anniversary season will launch a three-year programming arc, focusing on the impact of LGBTQ theater on the art form itself as well as on the local Richmond community. “Our Theater, Our Stories, Our Lives” will celebrate some of the greatest, most influential works in LGBTQ theater and shine a light on the positive, life-affirming impact of the diversity and inclusion that Richmond Triangle Players embodies in all its productions as one of the area's most acclaimed theater companies. All public performances are at the Robert B. Moss Theatre.
Subscriptions are on sale now; individual tickets go on sale approximately four weeks prior to each opening night.
The six Mainstage subscription season productions will begin with low-priced previews on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m., and will continue to play Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with two Sunday matinees per show at 4:00 p.m.
Prices for individual tickets will range from $15 - $35.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Max Vernon
Directed by Lucian Restivo
August 9 – September 2, 2017
The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The forgotten community comes to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration, as his notions of intimacy and community are challenged as he learns firsthand the very real danger of being queer back in the early '70s. The View UpStairs looks at some of the complicated ways in which gay culture has evolved over the last forty years, while illuminating a forgotten history. “Vibrant! The View UpStairs is a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present. The show swells with heart.” – Entertainment Weekly
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Rusty Wilson
September 27 – October 21, 2017
Identities whirl and evolve in Churchill’s period-hopping puzzle, with its first act in British colonial Africa in the Victorian era and the second in a London Park in 1979, that feels virtually like today … even though between the acts only twenty-five years pass for the characters. A smart, precise and delightfully showy comedy that twists gender and race, Cloud 9 has only grown fuller, meatier, sadder, funnier, sexier, and more provocative since its premiere almost 40 years ago.
by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello
Directed by T. Ross Aitken
November 15 - December 16, 2017
First produced at RTP almost 15 years ago, this hilarious holiday production brings two of satirist Sedaris’s most beloved pieces to life onstage: a loving grandma’s annual holiday letter about a Christmas gone very wrong, and the secret revelations of what really goes on at Macy’s Santaland as told by “Crumpet the Elf.” RTP’s revival will feature its original stars, Jacqueline Jones and Robert Throckmorton.
by Terrence McNally
Directed by Dexter Ramey
January 31 - February 24, 2018
A proud part of the city-wide Acts of Faith Festival
This highly provocative play tells a story that parallels the New Testament's, and its subject is nothing less than the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. But McNally's Christ figure is a character named Joshua, a gay young man born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the early 1950s. He flees his hometown in search of a more accepting environment, gathering along the way a group of disciples who are bound to him by his message of love and tolerance. Joshua delivers his Sermon on the Mount, and officiates at a gay marriage ceremony, but, inevitably, his radical teachings (like Jesus's) will not deliver him from his fate.
by Larry Kramer
Directed by George Boyd
April 18 – May 12, 2018
A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in all over the world, most recently in a Tony-winning Broadway revival and a highly praised HBO film, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease. A central work to the history of the LGBTQ movement and its theater.
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante; Lyrics by Edward Kleban; Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Directed and Choreographed by Justin Amellio and Penny Ayn Maas
June 6 – July 7, 2018
This landmark musical celebrates those unsung heroes of the American musical theater, the chorus dancers -- those valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a no-holds-barred celebration of the American musical itself -- glamorous, yes, at times, but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A Chorus Line was one of the first mainstream Broadway hits to feature a major gay character in a fully realized way; it is also notable that three of its four authors fell victim to AIDS.
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