The 2020 Season of
Acts of Faith Festival
Richmond Catholic Theatre is thrilled to participate in the Acts of Faith Festival for the 5th year in a row!
Join us for a classic play by the Bard himself!
Richmond Catholic Theatre
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Irene Kuykendall
Join us for Twelfth Night, beginning just after the Twelfth Night of Christmas!
Though a delightful comedy of topsy turvy, mistaken identities, this play begins with a shipwreck that leaves trauma in its wake, and stark decisions about how to move forward. Viola and Olivia both experience a great trauma and have chosen to take up new mantels of identity, ones that they see as unchanging and that effectively cut them off from the community around them. But, when circumstances change and they are invited into new relationships, the masks they've fashioned comfort less than they did before!
When viewed through a Catholic lens, it is clear to see that the confusion of identity and vocation in this play comes from the root of each of these female leads feeling as if they must suffer alone. Their redemption and healing begin when they reenter their community and fully embrace themselves for who they are.
Monday, January 6, 2020 @7:00p
Thursday, January 9, 2020 @7:00p
Friday, January 10, 2020 @7:00p
Saturday, January 11, 2020 @5:00p
Grace Street Theatre
934 W Grace Street
Richmond VA 23220
And now an extension for one night only in conjunction with Cardinal Newman Academy at St Michael Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Bon Air!
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 7:00p
St Michael Episcopal Church
2040 McRae Rd
Bon Air, VA 23235
Founded in 2005, the Acts of Faith Festival was conceived as a way to bring people of all faiths together in a safe space to talk about their beliefs through the medium of theatre.
Richmond-area professional theatres offer a show from January through March or April that deals with some aspect of faith. A concurrent Fringe Festival is offered for non-professional theatres to engage their audiences. In the 10 years since it started, the number of participating theatres has grown from a handful to over twenty.
The Festival is ecumenical and inclusive, assuming a very broad understanding of faith. Sponsoring congregations come from a variety of religious traditions, as do members of the audience.