2014/2015 season: Hedwig & The Angry Inch - Oblivion - when last we flew - COCK - The Altruists

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Trask

Book by John Cameron Mitchell

Directed by Maggie Roop

Musical Direction by Anthony Smith

A co-production with Spin, Spit & Swear

October 29 - December 6

Presented at The Basement


This groundbreaking rock musical tells the story of "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Schmidt (Matt Shofner), a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n' roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just "an angry inch." This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig and her hard-rocking band "The Angry Inch” as she sings songs and shares stories of her search for "The Origin of Love" and her other half. It's a rocking ride, funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt that life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile. Currently rocking Broadway in an award-winning production led by Neil Patrick Harris, TheatreLAB and the newest production company in Richmond, Spin, Spit, & Swear are thrilled to bring this cult-classic to the River City.


by Carly Mensch

Directed by Jeffrey Cole

February 20 - March 7

Presented at The Basement


Uber-hip, Brooklynites Pam (an Athiest producer for edgy HBO programming) and Dixon (a pot-smoking former lawyer and aspiring novelist) take great pride in their progressive approach to parenting, but when their 17-year-old daughter, Julie, repeatedly lies about where she spent the weekend, their cool, high-brow façade crashes and burns. With the help of her friend Bernard, a filmmaker in the making, Julie must discover if her new fascination with Christianity after her weekend trip at Church Camp will break her family’s dynamic. Carly Mensch’s smart new play takes an often-humorous look at what it means to fight for the ones you love as the roles are reversed and the parents are the ones sleeping in on Sunday mornings.


Presented as part of Richmond's Acts Of Faith Festival


by Harrison David Rivers

Directed by Chelsea Burke

Running in rep with Angels in America

April 13 - 22

Presented at Richmond Triangle Players


Love, family, and personal revelation are at the heart of Harrison David Rivers’ moving new coming-of-age play, when last we flew. After stealing his local library’s one and only (and completely unread) copy of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in his bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…

Winner, Outstanding New York Theater, GLAAD Media Awards.


Presented as part of Richmond's Acts of Faith Fringe Festival


by Mike Bartlett

Directed by Wesley Alan Young

June 5 - 20

Presented at The Basement


Three people battle it out in a theatrical cockfight to stake a claim on each other’s hearts. When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out… Mike Bartlett's punchy play takes a lively, candid look at one man's sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realize you have a choice. COCK explores ambivalence in love and human nature through a nexus of emotions, relations, and choices. John must make a choice as he navigates his sexuality, selfhood, and the intersection of the two. Featuring: Deejay Gray, Todd Patterson, Liz Earnest, Freddy Kaufman


by Nicky Silver

Directed by kb saine

July 24 - August 8

Presented at The Basement


Who are the youth of this country? Are they the noble and selfless beautiful rebels, making love like Olympians, or are they just drunk on insanity, rioting and self-absorption? Are they a destructive power in a pretty package, or are they simply addicted to consumption and dysfunction, conducting orgies of cheap wine and non-ideas? Whoever they are, they're the nucleus of a band of pseudo-left-wing hooligans and so-called radicals, and they’re in over their heads with sex, drugs, and guns…they’re the five young radicals of THE ALTRUISTS and they’re wild in the streets of an Occupied America, where love is a political act and where an "accidental" death caused by the shallow soap-opera actress, Sydney, has nightmarish ramifications for the reckless, the damned, and the stoned. In Nicky Silver's verbose, violent, terrifying, and hilarious play, love dies and hope rots…but firebombs don’t grow on trees. Featuring: McLean Jesse, Chandler Hubbard, Evan Nasteff, Morgan Meadows, Joshua Gutierrez