Live Arts 2013 – 2014 Season Announced

Last night Live Arts in Charlottesville unveiled its 2013 – 2014.  I am especially excited about this because Live Arts has become my favorite venue for live theatre in Charlottesville, astonishing me with every show this last season with its high level of production. AND there will be more good stuff to come starting in the fall.

Here is the press release distributed (lovingly no doubt) by Jigsaw Jones:


Live Arts, Charlottesville’s largest volunteer theater company, is proud to announce its 2013-2014 season. At a free Season Announcement event at Live Arts on June 2nd, Artistic Director Julie Hamberg unveiled the new season with staged excerpts from each of the six plays performed by members of Charlottesville’s thriving theatrical community.

2013-2014 will mark Live Arts’ 23rd season. In the past year, Live Arts saw a 30% growth in season subscribers, bucking all national trends. In examining this success, Executive Director Matt Joslyn points to not just the quality of work Live Arts produces but also the deep connection Live Arts continues to build with its increasingly devoted community. “Julie has done an amazing job championing classic and challenging plays that are incredibly relevant to the people who call Charlottesville home. By selecting plays that offer unique opportunities for all of our volunteer artists, she’s absolutely driving Live Arts forward in our mission of forging theater and community.”

Subscriptions are now on sale starting as low as $60, and season brochures are finding their way into the homes of all those on the Live Arts mailing list. To request a brochure, call 434-977-4177 or stop by the theater at 123 East Water Street in Downtown Charlottesville.

The theater’s subscription season represents only half of the total work the theater will produce during the 2013-2014 season, which will also include new play development, volunteer workshops, Live Arts’ robust and ever-growing education programs for all ages, the annual Gala fundraiser, the increasingly popular Late Night cabarets, and much, much more. To learn more, log on to or call the office at 434-977-4177.


Live Arts is located in the heart of Downtown Charlottesville at 123 East Water Street, just off the Downtown Mall. For more information about the new season, feel free to contact Artistic Director Julie Hamberg at 434-977-4177 or email

Live Arts is sponsored in part by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2013–2014 Live Arts Season
The Motherf**ker with the Hat / the Founders Theater / October 11–November 9
The Philadelphia Story / the Gibson Theater / December 13–January 18
Getting Near to Baby / the Founders Theater / February 7–22
Grey Gardens / the Gibson Theater / March 7–29
The Language Archive / the Founders Theater / April 11–May 3
The Master and Margarita / the Gibson Theater / May 16–June 7
The Motherf**ker with the Hat
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Author of Jesus Hopped the A Train (Live Arts 2003–2004 Season)
& Our Lady of 121st Street (Live Arts 2005–2006 Season)
directed by Natalie Dieter
October 11–November 9
in the Founders Theater
no shows October 21–27
A high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery. A story of attempted redemption and the way old relationships can sometimes be savaged by the passage of time. Addiction, recovery, class disparity, truth, trust, and terrifying honesty punctuate this dark, crisp comedy from one of our favorite contemporary playwrights.

The Philadelphia Story
by Philip Barry
directed by Betsy Rudelich Tucker
December 13–January 18
in the Gibson Theater
no shows December 23–30
Tracy Lord is about to get married, a happy event made increasingly difficult by a snarky ex-husband and an attractive young newspaper reporter. More than just an old chestnut, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is sharp, acerbic, brutal, transgressive, and simply gut-wrenchingly funny. Join us as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this Broadway smash hit of rumors, love, and midnight swims.

Getting Near to Baby
by Y York
directed by William Howard Rough
based on the Newbery Honor-winning novel by Audrey Couloumbis
February 7–22
in the Founders Theater
When you’re young, the smallest changes can be epic adventures. For Willa Jo and Little Sister, moving in with their Aunt & Uncle is enough to make their entire world strange and frightening. But with careful thought and steadfast love (not to mention the friendship of some unlikely neighbors), there’s nothing these brave girls can’t face in this intimate story of family, forgiveness, and lawn gnomes.

Grey Gardens
book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie
based on the 1975 documentary
directed by Bree Luck
music direction by Kristen Baltes
March 7–29
in the Gibson Theater
Nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2007,
including Best Musical, Best Book for a Musical, and Best Original Score
Grey Gardens. 1973. A house that once hosted Howard Hughes and the Rockefellers is now a refuge for fifty-two stray cats, a few rabid raccoons, and two reclusive women—mother and daughter, East Hampton royalty, Big Edie & Little Edie Bouvier Beale. GREY GARDENS follows the weird, eccentric path of these two women from Little Edie’s fairy-tale engagement to Joe Kennedy to their tenuous codependence in the filthy halls of the ramshackle mansion. It’s GYPSY meets HOARDERS in this sensational musical based on the true story of two women who were, at once, each other’s worst enemies and their one true love.

The Language Archive
by Julie Cho
directed by Fran Smith
April 11–May 3
in the Founders Theater
Winner of the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Words versus worlds, sadness versus hope. Little ideas with big ambitions make for the most surprising plays. From the train station to the bakery, from the lab to the empty living room, no matter how many languages you learn, it doesn’t mean you know how to speak to the people you love the most. A magical, bittersweet fable about the ultimate quest to say the right thing.

The Master and Margarita
based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
directed by Julie Hamberg
May 16–June 7
in the Gibson Theater
The Devil has come to Moscow with a hitman and a talking cat, and will stop at nothing to ensure the perfection of his annual Ball. Mischief, magic, beheadings, and the surprisingly touching biography of Pontius Pilate permeate this unlikely love story that proves that stars can sometimes be un-crossed with enough determination.


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