Summer 2019 Events

All events are open to the public. Free admission, unless otherwise stated. 


No Shame Theatre

June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 11 p.m., Upstairs Studio Theatre, Hollins
No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you’re interested in trying in front of a live audience — plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, Improvisation, dada, magic — we’ve even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 p.m., doors open at 10:30 p.m., and the show starts at 11 p.m., running on average an hour and a half. Admission: $5.

Monday Night guest speaker series

June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 7:30 p.m., Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage, 20 Church Ave., S.E., Roanoke
Each Monday night on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This summer’s planned guests include Jacqueline Lawton, Larissa Fasthorse, Becky Becker, Carl Hancock Rux, and Bob Moss (to be confirmed). Admission: free, open to the public.

Overnight Sensations 2019

July 6, 8 p.m., Mill Mountain Theatre’s Trinkle Main Stage, 1 Market Square, Roanoke
Since 2006, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University has partnered with Mill Mountain Theatre to present a micro-brewed new play festival of freshly baked plays. On Friday night six playwrights are randomly paired with six directors, then randomly draw from a hat a variety of writing prompts and a pre-selected cast of local actors. Before 8 a.m. the next morning, they have to write a 10-minute play. They meet with their directors over a continental breakfast on Saturday morning and make any last-minute changes before the actors arrive at 11 a.m. and the play begins rehearsal. When 8 p.m. rolls around, and the audience are in their seats, the show begins! Always a packed house, always free, and always lots of fun for everyone. Admission: free, open to the public.

CenterPieces Reading:

July 10, 12:10 p.m., Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage, 20 Church Ave. S.E., Roanoke
The CenterPieces Reading Series is a joint venture by Mill Mountain Theatre and the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University to bring new plays and new audiences together over lunch.

Hollins Festival of New Works

July 19, 7 p.m.; July 20-21, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m.,  (The 8 p.m. slot on July 21 is a panel discussion with our Festival Guest Respondents)
Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage, 20 Church Ave. S.E., Roanoke
Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing ten readings of student work from the Playwright’s Lab. These readings are minimally staged for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe. Guest responders include publishers, arts administrators, playwrights, professional actors, artistic directors, and come from as far away as Los Angeles and as close s downtown Roanoke. Many of our festival shows have gone on to have full productions, not only at Mill Mountain Theatre but also in New York and Los Angeles! Get acquainted with these plays and playwrights before they are famous, and engage in a conversation about theatre with our students, faculty, and some established theatre professionals. Admission: free, open to the public. Due to limited seating, advance tickets required.