2017-18 Season

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Fall 2017


The Taming of the shrew

ShrewBlending romantic comedy and outlandish farce, Shakespeare gives us a love story of psychological liberation and the mysteries of being married. A hilarious comedy is more a profound look at the necessity of “play” in our lives than a “battle of the sexes.”

Thursday, September 14 at 7:30 pm
American Shakespeare Center Touring Company

Location: Main Stage, Hollins University Theatre
Music begins at 7 pm, performance at 7:30 pm.
$10 general admission.  One free ticket to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff.
American Shakespeare Center
Tickets to the general public will only be available the evening of the performance. You may purchase them at the door starting at 6 pm. We will not be taking any reservations for this performance, and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have any questions, please call the box office line at (540) 362-6517.

Men on Boats

A play by Jaclyn Backhaus
Directed by Rachel Nelson ’07 and Susie Young ’10

Men on Boats production imageTen explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. The true-ish story of a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers who set out to chart the course of the Colorado River in 1869. Much like the revolutionary Broadway production of Hamilton, this cast of white male cisgender characters is designed to be played by actors who are anything but. This unique theatrical adventure premiered at New York’s Playwrights Horizons and took Off-Broadway by storm.

October 25-28 at 7:30 pm
October 29 at 2 pm

Location: Main Stage, Hollins University Theatre
$10 general admission.  One free ticket to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff. Box office: (540) 362-6517.

Spring 2018


Produced by Hollins Theatre Institute and Mill Mountain Theatre

This event is the cornerstone of the dynamic partnership between Hollins and MMT. The Winter Festival features two new plays by Hollins playwrights, directed by Playwright’s Lab faculty, and presented on the professional stages of Mill Mountain Theatre.


Image of Ouija for playBy Maura Campbell. Directed by Bob Moss.

What if the voice you hear comes from another world?

A coming of age story about lust, innocence and gender identity features two sisters, Carolyn and Mary, whose antics with a Ouija Board conjure parallel lives with Saint Bernadette, Bernadette a prostitute and Jennifer Jones. Robert is a Jewish who loves the sisters and goes on a spiritual journey with them that is both horrifying and tantalizing. Ouija, a shape-shifter and spiritual guide, casts his spell on these characters to help them discover the nature of love, both inside and outside their bodies.

January 19-20 at 7:30 pm
January 21 at 2 pm
January 26 at 7:30 pm

Location: Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage
Admission: $10 general


ColdBy Ben Jolivet.  Directed by Todd Ristau.

A blast of cold air could save or shatter their family completely.

Thrust by tragedy into an unbearable situation, Ellie and Jane must make an impossible choice about their only child.

January 27 at 7:30 pm
Location: Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage
Admission: $10 general

She Made Space

She Made SpaceBy Meredith Dayna Levy.  Directed by Lauren Brooke Ellis.

An arrival is an arrival is an arrival is an arrival.

A 20-something intellectual, American lesbian tourist arrives in Paris at the turn of the century, tracing the steps she has taken to get there in an honest and touching consideration of the occupation of space – both inside, and outside, herself.

January 28 at 2 pm
Location: Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage
Admission: $10 general

Absence makes the heart

Image of Absence Makes the Heart play By Sean Abley. Directed by Todd Ristau.

A play in monologues, inspired by The Red Shoes.

In New York City, the ripple effect caused by the disappearance of a ballet dancer, is told to the audience by those affected, near and far.

February 1-3 at 7:30 pm
February 4 at 2 pm

Location: Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage
Admission: $10 general


Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse.

Chicago, the musicalRoxie Hart launches the original media frenzy, riddled with alternative facts and fake news. Murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery are the cornerstones of this sultry and alluring Broadway musical hit. The winner of six Tony Awards, Chicago is an electrifying tale of greed, murder, and show biz, filled with such hit songs as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle,” with electrifying dances originally choreographed by legendary Bob Fosse. This ground-breaking musical cunningly explores our tendency to turn criminals into celebrities. After ten years, Hollins Theatre returns to the scene of the crime with this much anticipated revival of one of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals. Not recommended for children.

April 12-14 at 7:30 pm
April 15 at 2 pm
April 18-21 at 7:30 pm

Location: Main Stage, Hollins University Theatre
Admission: $10 general. One free ticket to current Hollins students, faculty and staff.

Theatre Seniors Strut Their Stuff in the 2018 Senior Showcase

A great opportunity to see the exciting work generated by Hollins theatre students and support them as we launch them into the evolving world of the American theatre!

A black box production of GROUNDED, the one-woman play that has excited audiences in New York, London, and around the U.S., featuring Meghan McCranie and directed by Catalina Porterfield.
Running time is approximately 75 minutes.

May 3 at 7:30 pm
May 5 at 3 pm
Location: Upstairs Studio Theatre

Enjoy workshop presentations of two exciting original plays by Emma Sala (2 pm) and Stephanie Wollmann (3 pm) plus an original musical by Crystal Williams (4 pm).
Each staged reading runs approximately 45 minutes.

May 6 at 2 pm
Location: Upstairs Studio Theatre

Admission is free to all performances. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

student produced work

Special presentation: No Shame Theatre

September 20 & 27; October 11 & 18, November 8 & 15 at 10 pm
Location: Upstairs Studio Theatre

No Shame Theatre provides an experiential learning experience for all aspects of live performance  original plays, innovative performances, and freedom of expression. This limited run of six No Shames is being produced in conjunction with the undergraduate playwriting fundamentals course — taught by the inventor of No Shame, Todd Ristau – with support from the cast of APO (Alpha Psi Omega, theatre honor society).

The “season” will culminate in a Best of No Shame show:
December 2 at 8 pm
Location: Upstairs Studio Theatre

Best of No Shame (BONS) is not the No Shame Oscars, but a sampler of the most successful pieces from the No Shame “season.” Nominated by the audience and selected by APO, Best of No Shame (BONS) will feature 15 original short performances! No Shame Theatre is where anything can happen, and usually does. All ticket proceeds to benefit APO and help offset play production costs at the KCACTF-Region IV festival in Georgia.
Admission: $5 general

Ten-Minute Play Festival

December 4-5 at 6:30 pm
Location: Upstairs Studio Theatre.  Admission: free and open to the public.

Featuring work by national and Hollins playwrights, these student and alumnae produced and directed short plays provide a showcase where Hollins best can flex their creative muscles and show off their growing talent!  Sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega, drama association national honor society.

Broadway Divas

December 7 at 7 pm
Location: Upstairs Studio Theatre. Admission: free and open to the public.

Join the Musical Theatre Workshop divas as they present their final project: a Broadway Musical Theatre Revue!  This delightful evening is the culmination of a semester-long study in musical theatre performance.

Artist as Warrior: Devised Work Presentation

January 25 at 7:30 pm
Location: Green Room, then move to the Main Stage, Theatre. Admission: free and open to the public.

An original theatre piece created by an ensemble of students during January’s Artist as Warrior seminar, under the direction of guest artist-in-residence, Rachel Nelson.