Cadence Receives 19 Nominations

No Comments 23 August 2017

Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, is proud to announce that it has received 19 nominations and won four awards at the 2017 Richmond Theatre Critics Circle (RTCC) Awards for the 2016-17 season. Each play in the 2016-17 season garnered at least five nominations, all three nominated for Best Play or Best Musical, Best Direction (Play and Musical), and Outstanding Achievement in Set Design (Play and Musical).

Best Musical
Violet, Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep

Best Direction (Musical)
Chase Kniffen, Violet

Best Actor (Musical)
Josh Marin, Violet
Matt Polson, Violet

Best Actress (Musical)
Christie Jackson, Violet

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design (Musical)
Gregg Hillmar, Violet

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design (Musical)
WINNER Rich Mason, Violet

Best Play
John, Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep
Rabbit Hole, Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep

Best Direction (Play)
WINNER Rusty Wilson, John
Anna Johnson, Rabbit Hole

Best Actor (Play)
Duke Lafoon, Rabbit Hole

Best Supporting Actor (Play)
WINNER Tyler Stephens, Rabbit Hole

Best Supporting Actress (Play)
WINNER Grey Garrett, Rabbit Hole
Jean H. Miller, John

Outstanding Achievement in Set Design (Play)
Rich Mason, Rabbit Hole
Rich Mason, John

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design (Play)
Ryan Jones & Robbie Kinter, John
Jesse Senechal, Rabbit Hole

Read the full list of nominations in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


And the 17-18 Season Opener is…

No Comments 16 May 2017

Cadence Theatre Company Announces FUN HOME,
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical,
to Open 2017-18 Season

Co-produced by Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Rep
in Celebration of Richmond Triangle Players’ 25th Anniversary Season

Fun Home_sm_2017Richmond, VA – On the Cadence Season, Fun Home will run from September 9 through October 8, 2017, in Virginia Rep’s Theatre Gym. Directed by Virginia Rep’s Associate Artistic Director, Chase Kniffen, Fun Home is a co-production between Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Rep in recognition of Richmond Triangle Players’ 25th Anniversary. Cadence Theatre Artistic Director, Anna Johnson, expressed her excitement about the co-production. “We are thrilled to work with Virginia Rep on this moving and groundbreaking musical and to celebrate RTP and their endless contributions to our community. We are proud to be one of the first regional theatres to stage the production and can’t wait for Richmond audiences to experience it.”

With book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, Fun Home won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel, the play moves from past to present as Alison sketches out her childhood memories in both poignant and comic tone.

“My dad and I grew up in the same small Pennsylvania town. And he
was gay. And I was gay. And he killed himself. And I… became a lesbian
cartoonist.” — Alison Bechdel in Fun Home

Years after her father’s unexpected death, Alison comes to terms with memories of her unique childhood, growing up in the Bechdel Funeral Home, while reliving her struggles to connect with her father and her growing awareness of her own sexuality. This groundbreaking musical is funny, honest, and painfully uplifting.

In addition to Fun Home, the 2017-18 Season will include The Christians by Lucas Hnath playing February 10 – March 4, 2018 and Appropriate By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins playing April 28 – May 20, 2018.



Now Playing… Rabbit Hole

No Comments 04 May 2017

“Duke Lafoon’s versatility is showcased through his polished and emotional performance, chock-full of nuance.”

-Broadway World

“The ensemble is exquisite, underplaying the complexity of emotions, which makes the drama and the production more masterful.”


David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama,

Rabbit Hole Played April 27th Through May 20th

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep was pleased to present its final production of the 2016-2017 Season, Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charted their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

“Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation — an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty.”


Rabbit Hole was directed by Anna Senechal Johnson. Title roles were played by Grey Garrett, Duke Lafoon, Chris Lindsay-Abaire, Jody Smith Strickler, and Tyler Stevens. The design team includes: Rich Mason (Scenic Design), Michael Jarrett (Lighting Design), Sarah Grady (Costume Design), Jesse Senechal (Sound Design), Emily Hake (Scenic Artist), Clara Myers (Properties), and Tommy Hawfield (Technical Director). Kristy Bell was the Stage Manager, Kelsey Schneider was the Assistant Director, Peyton Bowen was the Assistant Stage Manager, and Rich Mason served as the Production Manager.

Rabbit Hole was made possible through the generosity and support of Cadence Theatre Company’s Season Sponsor, Salomon & Ludwin, and our show co-sponsors, CapTech, Phil Rohrbach and Joe Hoyle In Honor of Camilla Rohrbach and Sarah Hoyle from their Loving Husbands, and For the Love of Chocolate. Other major supporters included the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Community Idea Stations.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire joined the cast and audience members after the 4 p.m. matinee on May 7th, and the discussion was facilitated by Laine Satterfield.



Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire

April 29 – May 20, 2017 (Preview Performances April 27 and 28) at

Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center

114 W. Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Direction by Anna Senechal Johnson

Talk Back Sunday: May 7th after the 4 p.m. matinee

Tickets are $10-$35

Rabbit Hole contains adult language and content. Recommended for ages 16+.


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

Photography by Jason Collins Photography

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