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No Comments 23 September 2016

Annie Baker’s Haunting Drama, John Opens in October

cwk-artoberlogo-0324_colorRichmond, VA—Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep is pleased to present its first production of the 2016-2017 season, John by Annie Baker. John is presented in association with Artober, hosted by CultureWorks. Elias and Jenny, a young couple struggling to stay together, arrive at a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the week after Thanksgiving. Met by a cheerful innkeeper, and surrounded by thousands of watchful inanimate objects, the two search for connection in lives heavy with loneliness. One of TIME Magazine’s top ten plays of 2015, John intertwines the natural and the supernatural in a haunting meditation on life and love.

“Annie Baker’s mysteriously titled ‘John’ may be one of the smartest, most unusual plays I’ve ever seen.”

– Richmond Times-Dispatch

Ghosts of relationships past are resurrected in Cadence Theatre Company’s ‘John’

– GayRVA.com

Local musicians tackle ambitious score for playwright Annie Baker’s latest

– Style Weekly

John is directed by Rusty Wilson. Title roles are played by Matt Bloch, Anne Michelle Forbes, Kelly Kennedy, and Jean Miller. The design team includes: Rich Mason (Scenic Design), Andrew Bonniwell (Lighting Design), Emily DeAngelis (Costume Design), Ryan Jones and Robbie Kinter (Sound Design), Lara Koplin (Scenic Artist and Set Dressing), Elaina Riddell (Properties), and Tommy Hawfield (Technical Director). Clara Myers is the Stage Manager and Rich Mason serves as the Production Manager.

John  is made possible through the generosity and support of Cadence Theatre Company’s Season Sponsor, Salomon & Ludwin, and our show co-sponsor, Joe Hoyle in honor of Sarah Hoyle. Other major supporters include the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Community Idea Stations.

by Annie Baker

October 20-November 12, 2016 (Preview Performances October 20 and 21)

Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center
114 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220

Direction by Rusty Wilson
Talk Back Sunday: October 30 after the 4 p.m. matinee
Tickets are $10-$35

John contains adult language and content. Recommended for ages 16+.

For single ticket information and for show times, contact www.virginiarep.org or call (804) 282-2620.



Cadence Wins 2016 ICWP Award

No Comments 19 September 2016

Jerod E. Solomon and Katrinah Carol Lewis in The Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

Cadence Theatre Company is proud to announce that it’s been awarded the 2016 International Center for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Award!

A record-breaking number of recipients will receive the 2016 50/50 Applause Awards, which recognizes theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows. The ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of qualifying performances in a theatre’s season. This allows a concrete measurement of the resources being devoted to women playwrights. Cadence Theatre Company’s 2015-16 Season featured two plays by women playwrights, The Mountaintop by Katori Hall and 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog.

For the awards’ 5th anniversary, ICWP recognized 107 recipients in ten countries on five continents. The list includes theatres in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States. Approximately 32% of the theatres are repeat recipients, demonstrating gender parity in two or more seasons. Recipients range from community and college theatres to internationally renowned theatres. Meet some of the theatres in the ICWP celebration video.

Click here to read the full list of recipients.

ICWP started in 1988 with a mission to support women playwrights worldwide and bring attention to their work. The ICWP 50/50 Applause Awards were founded in 2012 to increase awareness and applaud theatres that produced a season with an equal or greater number of plays written by female playwrights. More information about the awards can be found at: http://www.womenplaywrights.org/award.

Photography by Jason Collins Photography


And the winners are…

No Comments 02 August 2016

Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Award Nominations for the 2015-2016 season

The 2016 Artsies took place Monday, October 17, 7:30 pm at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre. This year’s host was Desiree Roots, who won last year’s Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Cadence Theatre’s Caroline, or Change.

Congrats to Laine Satterfield for winning Best Direction of a Play, and to Jesse Senechal for earning Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design. Here is the complete list of nominees:

Best Musical
Green Day’s American Idiot
The Boy From Oz
Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical
Little Shop of Horrors

Best Direction (Musical)
Debra Clinton, Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical
Adam Ferguson, Green Day’s American Idiot
Deejay Gray, Lady Day
Chase Kniffen, Dreamgirls
Tom Width, Little Shop of Horrors

Best Actor (Musical)
Denver Crawford, Green Day’s American Idiot
Chris Hester, The Boy From Oz
Ian Page, Little Shop of Horrors
Alexander Sapp, Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical
Jerold Solomon, Dreamgirls

Best Actress (Musical)
Audra Honaker, Little Shop of Horrors
Jenna Kraynak, Seven Brides/Seven Brothers
Katrinah Carol Lewis, Lady Day
Robyn O’Neill, Gypsy
Desiree Roots, Dreamgirls

Best Supporting Actor (Musical)
Billy Dye, Dreamgirls
Adam Mincks, Little Shop of Horrors
Mahlon Raoufi, Seven Brides/Seven Brothers
Durron Tyre, Dreamgirls
D. Jerome Wells, Dreamgirls

Best Supporting Actress (Musical)
Felicia Curry, Dreamgirls
Kathy Halenda, Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical
Anna Hogan, The Boy from Oz
Jeannie Rule, The Boy from Oz
Grey Garrett,The Boy from Oz

Best Musical Direction
Kim Fox, The Boy from Oz
Matt Koon, Green Day’s American Idiot
Jose Simbulan, Gypsy
Travis West, Little Shop of Horrors
John Winn, Dreamgirls

Best Choreography
Justin Amellio, The Boy from Oz
Kate Belleman, Green Day’s American Idiot
Debra Clinton, Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical
Leslie Owens-Harrington, Dreamgirls
Scott Putman, Equus

Best Play
4000 Miles
American Buffalo
The Mountaintop
Peter and the Starcatcher
Stupid F*cking Bird
Venus in Fur

Best Direction – Play
Anna Johnson, Equus
Jon Kretzu, Stupid F*cking Bird
Daniel Moore, American Buffalo
Laine Satterfield, The Mountaintop
Nathaniel Shaw, Peter and the Starcatcher
Matt Shofner, Venus in Fur

Best Actor – Play
Matthew Radford Davies, Merchant of Venice
Joe Inscoe, King Lear
Alan Sader, American Buffalo
Alexander Sapp, Summer and Smoke
Jerold Solomon, The Mountaintop
Scott Wichmann, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Actress – Play
Kimberly Jones Clark, Christmas on the Rocks
Kelsey Cordrey, Bad Jews
Katrinah Carol Lewis, The Mountaintop
Maggie Roop, Venus in Fur
Irene Ziegler, 4000 Miles

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Play
Jeff Clevenger, Stupid F*cking Bird
Larry Cook, Equus
Trevor Craft, Brighton Beach Memoirs
Alan Sader, Lazarus Syndrome
Robert Throckmorton, Peter and the Starcatcher

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Play
Megan Graves, Peter and the Starcatcher
Audra Honaker, Stupid F*cking Bird
Jessi Johnson, Mr. Burns
Margarette Joyner, For Colored Girls
Catherine Carol Walker, Bad Jews

Ernie McClintock Award for Best Ensemble Acting
American Buffalo
Green Day’s American Idiot
Bad Jews
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Mr. Burns
Stupid F*cking Bird

Promising Newcomer
Emma Grace Bailey, Creating Claire
Tyler Stevens, Brighton Beach Memoirs
Adam Valentine, Maple and Vine
Killian Winn, King Lear
Ben Wilson, Green Day’s American Idiot

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Sarah Grady, Dreamgirls
Sue Griffin, Gypsy
Jeanne Nugent, Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical
Jeanne Nugent, Peter and the Starcatcher
Mark Souza, The Boy from Oz

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Joe Doran, The Little Lion
Joe Doran, Dreamgirls
Joe Doran, Little Shop of Horrors
Michael Jarett, The Boy from Oz
BJ Wilkinson, Summer and Smoke

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design
Tennessee Dixon, Stupid F*cking Bird
Vinnie Gonzalez, American Buffalo
Ron Keller, Dreamgirls
Rich Mason, Summer and Smoke
Craig Napoliello, Peter and the Starcatcher

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Tad Burrell, Green Day’s American Idiot
Kelsey Cordrey, American Buffalo
Derek Dumais, Dreamgirls
Joey Luck, The Boy from Oz
Jesse Senechal, The Mountaintop

Liz Marks Memorial Award for Ongoing Contribution to Richmond Theatre
Marie Goodman Hunter
Frances Wessels

This was the first year that the award nomination process was carried out together with the Theater Alliance Panel (TAP), a select group of theater patrons and professionals chosen by the RVA Theatre Alliance. These volunteers lent their professional experience and perspective to the final decisions.

The members of the RTCC that voted on the nominations this year included:
• Tony Farrell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Rich Griset (Style Weekly)
• Suan Haubenstock (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• Julinda Lewis (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
• John Porter (WCVE-FM)
• Jerry Williams (TVJerry.com / WRIR)

The TAP members were:
• Steve Murden
• Karen Newton
• Patricia Vastano
• Dr. Jack Welsh

Both TAP and Circle members must have seen at least two-thirds of the locally-produced shows during the last season in order to vote.


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