2012-2013 Season

Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with
Virginia Repertory Theatre

The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh

Direction by Steve Perigard
October 18-November 10, 2012 at Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center

With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, McDonagh’s dark comedy, The Pillowman centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the content of his short stories. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

“A complex tale about life and art, about fact and illusion, about politics, society, cruelty and creativity.”
Financial Times

Awarded the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2005 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. Nominations include the 2004 Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play.


Sons of the Prophet, by Stephen Karam

Direction by Anna Johnson
February 14-March 9, 2013 in association with the Annual Acts of Faith Festival at Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center

Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sons of the Prophet, by Stephen Karam (Speech & Debate), is a refreshingly honest take on how we cope with wounds that just won’t heal.

If to live is to suffer, then Joseph Douaihy is more alive than most. With unexplained chronic pain and the fate of his reeling family on his shoulders, Joseph’s health, sanity, and insurance premium are on the line. In an age when modern medicine has a cure for just about everything, Sons of the Prophet is the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see.

“The first important new play of the fall season.” –The New York Times

“‘Ravishing’ is the best word for Stephens Karam’s new comedy…. At once deep, deft, and beautifully made.” –The New Yorker

“This is feel-good theater you don’t have to feel bad about later, mainstream stage entertainment with no aspartame aftertaste.” –New York magazine

Finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2012 Lucille Lortel Award winner for Outstanding Play, winner of the 2011-2012 New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.


Next to Normal, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey and Music by Tom Kitt

Direction by Chase Kniffen
April 26-May 18, 2013 at the November Theatre and Arenstein Stage at the Virginia Rep Center

Next to Normal is the acclaimed, groundbreaking musical “that pushe[d] Broadway in new directions” (Rolling Stone). With a thrilling contemporary score, Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse of a musical about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

Next to Normal is one of the bravest musicals to hit the mainstream—a jolt of raw, contemporary pain, propelled by a rock ‘n’ roll pulse. It makes your heart swell.”
NY Times

Next to Normal strikes a blow for the American musical each night.”
The Washington Post

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Next to Normal also won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score.  2009 Tony Award nominations include Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.

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