a new play by Dante Piro
directed by Zachary Owen
featuring Morgan Howard as Sherronda,

Kelsey Cordrey as Annaliese,

and Dixon Cashwell as Darryl

December 2nd and 3rd at 8pm at The Basement, 300 East Broad Street
Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door ($5 suggested donation for students)

all proceeds support the 2017 ON BOOK Festival.

In an age of increasingly contrived reboots, not even our most sacred stories are safe...

Cue writing partners, Sherronda and Annaliese, commissioned to create a modern screenplay adaptation of the world’s first epic poem. Soon, something ancient is awakened and begins pulling strings in the form of folk tales and one poor sap named Darryl.

From Playwright, Dante Piro:
"For me, one of the most critical parts of this process has been the connection to actors and directors who are just as, if not more excited about my work than I am. ON BOOK has provided the place and people necessary to help my play become the story I had hoped it would become.”

From Program Director, Chandler Hubbard:
“ON BOOK is taking the next step in TheatreLAB's mission to foster new work and emerging artists and introducing them to the larger Richmond theater community. By working one on one with the playwright and using audience interaction to further develop it, ON BOOK and TheatreLAB are producing work that is edgy but accessible, unique but universal.”


The 2016 ON BOOK winner, Dante Piro

More about ON BOOK, TheatreLAB's Interactive New Play Festival!


This thrilling initiative will showcase the incubation of new works created by local playwrights while inviting audiences to engage fully in the process from start to finish. ON BOOK offers a platform to encourage playwrights' risk-taking and experimentation while supporting them as they refine their voice and craft. ON BOOK also creates an open conversation between artist and audience through open rehearsals and digital interaction. By fostering a rich collaborative relationship among the creative team and the public, the ON BOOK process will generate an educational, entertaining, and engaging experience to celebrate the cultivation of Richmond’s playwrights.


“The idea behind ON BOOK comes from a mutual desire to both foster the incubation of new works in RVA and to use theatre as a foundation to build a rich community dialogue between artists and audiences. We have hosted open rehearsals before and we have produced new works before, but we have never done it all at the same time. As our playwrights continue to workshop their pieces with assigned directors and actors, the most recent drafts of their work will be posted on our website so audience members can read the updates before coming to the next open rehearsal that includes talk-back sessions. ON BOOK is an experiment in the ways we create and collaborate, and we are so excited to finally launch it.” - TheatreLAB Artistic Director, Deejay Gray.