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Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up

by J.M. Barrie,

in a new version by

John Caird and

Trevor Nunn

Directed by Christine Arena and Hannah Zold Story

Join us for a12 hour project to promote human dignity!

This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Capt. Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. However, for the first time, the play is here restored to Barrie's original intentions. 

All proceeds of this project will go to three organizations that are supporting the dignity of the human persons that are in the immigrant community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about our project and these organizations,

check out our 12 Hour Project here.

 

September 28, 2019

7 pm

Grace Street Theatre

984 W Grace Street

Richmond VA 23284

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2020-2021

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As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Dolores Mihaliak

LIVE FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

October 4th , 2020, 8p

Tickets on sale Now!

The play takes place in a pandemic-torn world, where the state of the Duke’s Court is in chaos, paranoia and rife with power mongering. No one in the court is flourishing, even the powerful Duke, whose power was stolen and remains dependent upon the exiled ex-Duke's perpetual distance. In the midst of all this chaos, the young people retreat to a new communication system, the Arden App, where they can flee the complication of the world order and seek the right order.

When viewed through a Catholic lens,  we look at the world of the Court and the world of Arden in analogously to the Spiritual life. Our broken, fallen nature on Earth is the state of the Court life, where we herald power, however got and wrought, deception, complication of relationships as well as skepticism and fear of true authenticity. We find ways to hide behind proverbial fig leaves. The Forest of Arden is the Kingdom of God on Earth to which we have been called to build and live out.  This space is characterized by simplicity of action and communication/connection, as well as the seat of the rightful ruler (disposed Duke) -- right order. It is in this environment that our characters flee the complication of the world order and seek the right order, bringing their broken selves, and wounds of placating the world order for so long.  They initially try to use the same actions that would work in the world, seeking to control, which results in a lot of the same traps that they tried to escape.  In the end, Truth wins out, exposing deception and inviting all to peace. They emerge refreshed and reinstated. Receiving grace to return to the world, but not to give into it.

Performances will be virtual, contact Christine Arena to book a performance for your school or community today! Email Christine@richmondcatholictheatre.com

 

2019-2020

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. 

 

January 6, 2019 - 7 pm - Tickets at the door, Pay What You Will

January 9, 2019 - 7 pm - Tickets available now, $25 adults / $10 children

January 10, 2019 - 7 pm - Tickets available now, $25 adults / $10 children

January 11, 2019 - 7 pm - Tickets available now, $25 adults / $10 children

Grace Street Theatre

984 W Grace Street

Richmond VA 23284

Now extended for one night only in conjunction with Cardinal Newman Academy at St Michael Episcopal Church Parish Hall!

January 29, 2020 - 7p - Tickets available now, $25 adults /$10 children

Black Bottle Man

by Craig Russell

Directed by Christine Arena

Join us for a story centering on two homeless people, Gail and Rembrandt, who meet at a shelter, seated next to each other for a meal. They begin with small talk, but it quickly becomes clear that Rembrandt, a 90 year old man, is... unique. His story of homelessness begins with a wager with the Black Bottle Man, an incarnation of the devil, and a quest to find a contender to defeat him.  What ensues is a journey through time and space, crisscrossing the country, until the present day. 

Black Bottle Man is Richmond Catholic Theatre's entry in the 2019 Acts of Faith Festival.

 

Performances of Black Bottle Man

March 8, 2019 - 7:30p*

March 9, 2019 - 2:00p

March 9, 2019 - 7:30p

March 10, 2019 - 5:00p

*talkback with playwright and actors to follow performance

 

Performances at Dogtown Dance Theatre

109 W 15th Street

Richmond VA 23224

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2017-2018

The Open Door

by Richard Arena

Directed by Lyddall Bugg Brown

​It's a familiar story -- a family business grown from humble beginnings and hard work, brothers respond to worldly callings and ingrained unspoken responsibilities differently, and the loving wishes of their father. Palpable and relatable, The Open Door examines the lure of the temptation, self promotion and pride in the face of duty and family.

The Open Door is Richmond Catholic Theatre's entry in the 2018 Acts of Faith Festival.

 

Performances of The Open Door

March 16, 2018 - 8:00p

March 17, 2018 - 2:00p

March 17, 2018 - 8:00p

March 22, 2018 - 8:00p

March 23, 2018 - 8:00p

March 24, 2018 - 8:00p

 

Performances at Richmond Prep

304 N Sheppard Street

Richmond VA 23221

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2016-2017

Peter and the Angel Poster
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Peter and the Angel

by Mary Kay Williams

In Peter and the Angel, jailers at the notorious Mamertine Prison in Rome devise a plot to outwit an angel of the Lord in order to save their own necks. Twice before, an angel has freed the Apostle Peter from prison (Acts 5:19, Acts 12:6-19). This time the jailers, Rufus and Rusticus, aim to keep Peter inside his cell until his execution the next morning. A stranger from Jerusalem, Nathan, is drawn inadvertently into the plot and discovers he has a great mission ahead.

 

Peter and the Angel is one in a series of one-act plays by Richmond, Virginia playwright Mary Kay Williams from a series, entitled "Saints of the Apostolic Age." The full series was produced as part of the 2012 Acts of Faith Festival Fringe at St Paul’s Episcopal in Richmond, Virginia. 

 

Performances of Peter and the Angel

March 10, 2017 - 7:30p

March 11, 2017 - 2:00p

*This performance will be followed by a panel discussion with a panel discussion with Sister Andrea Verchuck, O.S.B., former Prioress, St. Benedict's Monastery, Bristow, Virginia.

March 11, 2017 - 7:30p

 

Performances at Richmond Prep

304 N Sheppard Street

Richmond VA 23221

The Jeweler's Shop: a meditation on the sacrament of matrimony, passing on occasion into a drama 

by St. Pope John Paul II

 

This season we will continue to tour St. John Paul II's most famous play in a yearlong exhibition, traveling to Catholic Churches around the Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington, Virginia. 

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2015-2016

The Jeweler's Shop: a meditation on the sacrament of matrimony, passing on occasion into a drama 

by St. Pope John Paul II

 

This season we showcased St. John Paul II's most famous play in a yearlong exhibition, traveling to Catholic Churches around the Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington, Virginia.  In the summer of 2015, Richmond Catholic Theatre performed in Krakow, Poland at the NCK as part of the Youth Festival of the World Youth Day Festival 2016.   

 

Dinner Theatre Projects

Chekhov in Carolina: An Adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal

By Patrick Michael Clark

In conjunction with the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond Catholic Theatre presents Chekhov in Carolina. This dinner farce is an adaptation of Anton Chekov's The Proposal.

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