Richmond Civic Theatre

Visionary Productions

   

Informed Consent

October 20-21, 2017

  By Deborah Zoe Laufer 

By special arrangement with Samuel French

Directed by Matthew Socey

 
With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a recent court case between a Native American tribe and an Arizona University, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our DNA is our destiny. "CRITICS' PICK! A thoughtful and engrossing play...that raises questions about the potential conflicts between scientific discovery and religious beliefs." The New York Times


Souvenir

January 19-20, 2018

By Stephen Temperley

By special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Directed by Amy Noe Dudas

For more than half a century the name Florence Foster Jenkins has been guaranteed to produce explosions of derisive laughter. Not unreasonably so, as this wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. Her growing mob of fans packed her recitals, stuffing handkerchiefs in their mouths to stifle their laughter—which Mrs. Jenkins blissfully mistook for cheers. The climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Famously, it sold out in two hours. Souvenir, by turn hilarious and poignant, tells her story through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon.