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Hollins Theatre

All We Need is you.

Hollins Writers Rock the Stage with Two World Premieres and Two Award-winning New Works

Mitzi's Abortion

Fall 2013 production

By Elizabeth Heffron, Hollins M.F.A. '14

  • November 1 - 2, 2013 and 6 - 9, 2013, 7:30 pm
  • November 3, 2 pm Hollins Theatre
  • For this production only, we invite you onto the stage at Hollins Theatre, where we have transformed the space into an intimate black box theatre (handicap accessible). Seating is limited to 100 seats, so please get your tickets early!
  • Admission: $10 general, free to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff
  • Note: This play contains adult language and themes which may not be considered appropriate for audience members under the age of 18.
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When this new work premiered in Seattle and Washington D.C., the critics raved. With humor, honesty, and warmth, a cast of outspoken and colorful characters accompany Mitzi on her journey through the complex emotional landscape of late-term abortion. When she hears the words "fatal fetal anomaly," Mitzi discovers that nothing is black and white, and everything feels important as she navigates her way through the church, insurance laws, the politics of friends and family, and her own heart. Mitzi’s Abortion is a generous and compassionate comedy with serious themes about a young woman trying to make an intensely personal decision in a system determined to make it a political one. It is certain to stimulate great conversation, so join us for panel discussions after each performance.

"...a remarkable, powerful piece of theatre" -Seattle Weekly
"...a canny mix of comedy and drama in a play that has private and public resonances...Mitzi's Abortion is a fine example of the magic of theatre"- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"No matter where you fall in the debate, you'll be moved."- Miami Herald

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Spring 2014 production

A world premiere celebrating the 40th anniversary of Annie Dillard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece
Adapted and directed by Andy Belser

  • April 11-12, 16-19, 2014, 7:30 pm
  • April 13, 2014, 2 pm
  • Admission: $10 general, free to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff

Take a walk with Annie Dillard along the creek beds, meadows, forests, and mountainsides that surround Hollins, and you may forever see the world differently. This multimedia theatrical odyssey aims to honor Dillard's glorious and exacting prose, while inviting the audience into dramatic moments of visionary imagery and sensations that reverberate with startling awareness. A Hollins Theatre Legacy Series production, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by one of Hollins' most acclaimed writers, Annie Dillard (B.A. '67, M.A. '68).

"You can heave your spirit into a mountain and the mountain will keep it, folded, and not throw it back as some creeks will. The creeks are the world with all its stimulus and beauty; I live there. But the mountains are home."
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Article in The Roanoke Times, Sunday, April 6, 2014 »

The Pilgrim Project: A Hollins environmental celebration of "green"
In the spirit of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, the Hollins community will celebrate our physical, spiritual, and philosophical connection to the Earth. Throughout the month of April the entire campus will explode with imaginative events, activities, and reflections as we turn our collective thoughts gloriously "greenward."
Pilgrim Project Calendar of Events »

Hollins-Mill Mountain Theatre Winter Festival of New Works
Hollins Theatre and the M.F.A. Playwright's Lab are excited to announce the Winter Festival of New Works, featuring two original plays by Hollins playwrights presented on the professional stages of Mill Mountain Theatre. WSLS-TV (Channel 10) in Roanoke featured Hollins Theatre's collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre on two productions and their hosting of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in this segment on the midday program, Daytime Blue Ridge.


Decision Height
Decision Height

By Meredith Dayna Levy (Hollins B.A. '12, M.F.A. '15)

This uplifting, lyrical drama, the story of six women whose lives are changed when they become Women Air Force Service Pilots during World War II. After winning one of last year's top playwriting prizes from the Kennedy Center last year, Decision Height has been invited to be the opening event for the 2014 Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival hosted in Roanoke. These three public performances are your chance to see this exciting new version of the play that captured the attention of judges from around the country.

Ben & Rita
Ben & Rita

A world premiere by Wendy-Marie Martin (Hollins M.F.A. '14)

  • February 18 - 22, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • February 23, 2014, 2 p.m.
  • Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage
  • Admission: $10
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This charming romantic comedy was the hit of the 2013 Playwright’s Festival. Ben is an eccentric fantasy writer who hasn’t left his apartment in 10 years. Rita's desperate need for attention has driven away everyone she's ever known. Ben never got close enough to anyone to scare them off in the first place. But when Rita's recently widowed daughter, Eve, and teenaged child, Sammy, come to live with her, the walls are broken down, literally. As Rita and Ben's worlds collide, fantasy becomes reality and choices must be made: Continue to live alone in fear or take a chance on love?