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Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Firehouse Theatre Project (1609 West Broad Street)

A Collective Artistes production
created by Chuck Mike, Antonia Kemi Coker, and Tonderai Munyebvu
directed by Chuck Mike

Zhe’ (pronounced zee) is a gender-neutral pronoun – not he or she. Based on the true-life stories of the two performers, this “immensely moving, funny and courageous” piece of theatre follows the lives of two British Africans living at the crossroads of culture, nationality, gender and sexuality. Traveling from idyllic Harare, Zimbabwe to London’s gritty inner city; from the playfulness of childhood to the pain of adolescence; from the desire for forgiveness to self-acceptance, this humorous yet haunting drama encompasses the multiplicity of our cultural, gender and sexual identities and takes a fresh look at what makes us who we are.

Join the Modlin Center and the Firehouse Theatre Project for post-show panel discussions following each performance.  Panelists include:

Ted Lewis, Associate Director of Common Ground for LGBTQ Campus Life at University of Richmond
Afton Bradley, ROSMY

Philip Crosby, Managing Director, Richmond Triangle Players
Lee Steube, ROSMY

DL Hopkins, Artistic Director, African American Repertory Theatre
Afton Bradley, ROSMY

Sponsored in part by African American Repertory TheatreRichmond Triangle Players, andSycamore Rouge.

Henley Street Theatre’s 4th Annual BOOTLEG SHAKESPEARE – HAMLET!

Henley Street is proud to announce its Fourth Annual Bootleg Shakespeare Production. In a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY, FREE PERFORMANCE, professional Richmond actors will come together with their lines memorized and their own costumes and props to mount an unrehearsed production of Hamlet. In this Elizabethan style of staging anything can happen! Join us for what is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable theatre events you’ll ever see. HST Artistic Director James Ricks stars as Hamlet!

Directed by James Ricks and Matt Johnson

October 27, 2012 at 7:30pm -Preshow entertainment beginning at 7pm

In association with Virginia Repertory Theatre at the November Theatre

This year’s Bootleg is a fundraiser – suggested donation $10

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.”

Henley Street Theatre in association with Virginia Repertory Theatre present
October 27, 2012 at 7:30pm
Directed by Matt Johnso
Starring HST Artistic Director James Ricks as Hamlet

…and the best part it’s FREE!
Henley Street is proud to announce its Fourth Annual Bootleg Shakespeare Production. In a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY, FREE PERFORMANCE, professional Richmond actors will come together with their lines memorized and their own costumes and props to mount an unrehearsed production of Hamlet. In this Elizabethan style of staging anything can happen! Join us for what is guaranteed to be one of the most memorable theatre events you’ll ever see.

Performance Location
November Theatre • 114 W Broad St • Richmond, VA 23220

No reservations taken Two tickets per person Tickets will be released at 6pm sharp
Suggested Donation – $10

Nick Aliff, Jeff Clevenger, Jeff Cole, Frank Creasy, Eric Evans, Audra Honaker, Kerry McGee, John Mincks, Jacob Pennington, Daryl Clark Philips, Melissa Johnson Price, Dan Stearns, and Scott Wichmann.
Show music by Matt Treacy

Guest appearance by Richmond theatre Artistic and Managing Directors!
Phil Crosby, dl Hopkins, Chase Kniffen, Jan Powell, and kb Saine.

AART & The Amazing Raise


Join Richmond’s 36 hour giving challenge from 6 AM Wednesday, September 19th to 6 PM Thursday, September 20th.  With more than $100K up for grabs, your donation can go a long way!

Last year, The Amazing Raise raised over $630,000 for 270 local nonprofits. You can make 2012 even bigger by joining this unique “giving challenge” to support your favorite organization. See list of eligible organizations.

Here’s how it works

The organization with the most unique donations of $50 or more at the end of 36 hours wins a $20,000 grant. But with over $100,000 up for grabs, your gift can really go a long way. See complete list of prizes.

The health and vibrancy of our region is largely dependent on how much we give back. This year, over 450 nonprofits are participating.  Together, they are committed to educating our youth, cultivating our creativity, improving our health and so much more. These organizations contribute significantly to the fabric of our community and they are counting on your support.

Please join The Amazing Raise on www.GiveRichmond.org and help us celebrate the extraordinary generosity that exists all around us. Give generously, invite your friends and have fun!

(Richmond Times Dispatch- Amazing Raise Oct. 7,2011)


Only 36 hours,

6 AM Wednesday, September 19th to 6 PM Thursday, September 20th

You can help AART, don’t delay!


2012 Cultsha Xpo!

Come out and support AART!

The CultSha Xpo is coming! Help us make this the best AART Season possible. How can you help?

  1. Sign Up :  Register for the CultSha Xpo @ http://www.richmondcultureworks.org/cultsha/CultshaSignup.aspx
    Be sure to enter “AART” in the SPECIAL CODE section. For your registration, on June 23, 2012 at the Science Museum you will receive “CultSha” dollars!
  2. Share : Tell friends to sign up and support AART!
  3. Show Up : Come out to the CultSha Xpo on June 23, 2012 at the Science Museum and collect your “CultSha” Dollars!
  4. Support AART : BRING THOSE CULTSHA DOLLARS TO THE AART Booth near the IMAX theatre in the Science Museum!



Cultsha Xpo is an explosion of the arts, history, science, and family fun for the Richmond Region – all under one roof on one day. This annual event presented by CultureWorks spotlighting the Richmond region’s non-profit arts and culture organizations. Cultsha Xpo is a gathering for Cultural Shareholders (cultsha member) – persons who recognize and value strong arts and culture for great communities.

  • FREE admission to the Science Museum of Virginia 10 – 5pm.

  • FREE performances from local arts and culture organizations including musical, visual art, theatrical, historical, dance and more!

  • Opportunities for families to learn from 70 local participating arts and culture organizations.

  • FREE money – CultshaBucks – for each registered cultural shareholder to use at the event, with any of the participating organizations to purchase tickets, memberships, sign-up for classes or make a general donation, and more.

    Don’t Miss This Grand Day of Excitement!


John Porter

Poet, prophet, miner of truth, August Wilson’s impact on American drama will reverberate for many years to come. Wilson is best known for his “Pittsburgh Cycle” which consists of ten plays, one for each decade of the 20th Century chronicling the lives of African Americans. His work, while dealing with the specifics of everyday life opens up these experiences and offers them as art to the rest of the world. One of Wilson’s best, and best known plays, FENCES is the current offering by the African American Repertory Theatre of Virginia and is being presented at Pine Camp.

On the surface it is the story of Troy Maxon, a garbageman beaten by life, a former star in the Negro Baseball Leagues, a home run hitter who was too old to be a part of the major leagues after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. It is the universal story of a man trying to do right for his family, to take care of his wife, to connect with his children, and to stay on the straight and narrow and not fall prey to the devil on his shoulder that wants him to seek excitement and ruin his life.

In actor J. Ron Fleming’s hands, Maxon is charismatic and likeable although not as physically imposing as a former home run slugger might be imagined. Fleming digs deep to mine Maxon’s pain and to vent his frustrations and his performance is vital and alive.

Delvin Young is his best friend Bono, his sidekick and audience and occasional conscience. I was impressed by Young’s understated approach which in turn made Fleming’s interpretation that much more flamboyant.

As Maxon’s wife, Rochelle Turnage provides the bedrock for the play. Her love and understanding offer the very foundation for all of the other characters to build upon. While her role seems underutilized during the first act, her approach in the second act provides much of the fireworks and Turnage gives a terrific performance.

In supporting roles, Justin Delaney offers a solid performance of son Corey, a boy on the threshold of becoming a man. Corey sees sports, specifically football as his way of bettering himself by earning a scholarship to college, while his father wants him to learn a trade instead. Also offering a good performance as Gabriel Maxon is Toney Cobb. Gabriel may have the ability to see into the other world and he heralds things to come.

The technical side is well done, especially Geno Brantley’s set – which is not easy to do with Pine Camp’s limitations, and Maura Lynch Cravey’s costumes. Cravey’s clothes subtly reinforce the time period and go a long way to set the mood.

Director dl Hopkins has gone a long ways to create a tight ensemble of actors and designers who have in turn created a powerful and touching production. FENCES is the kind of play that should have a longer run in order to have the time to find its audience, but unfortunately only has a short time to be seen. Put this one into your must see pile and don’t hesitate or like one of Troy Maxon’s home runs, it will be gone.