2018-19 Season

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Fall 2018

Tis the season, and Fall spells S-H-A-K-E-S-P-E-A-R-E

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Poster for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadBy Tom Stoppard. Directed by Ernie Zulia.

Audience and cast assemble on the main stage for a unique theatrical experience. Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive and funny tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in what many consider to be Shakespeare’s greatest play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

“Very funny, very brilliant, very chilling; it has the dust of thought about it and the particles glitter excitingly in the theatrical air.” —The New York Times

October 17-20 at 7:30 pm
October 21 at 2 pm

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

Graphic © Sophie Blackall 2009

A midsummer night’s dream…in motion!

Image of A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by Jim Warren, founding artistic director of the American Shakespeare Center.

Delight in this 60-minute express version of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. This energetic and innovative production will be presented as an immersive experience in multiple locations throughout the Hollins campus, including the Upstairs Studio Theatre, Botetourt Reading Room, Wyndham Robertson Library, and any place where one might find faeries and donkeys!

November 28 at 7:30 pm, Upstairs Studio Theatre
November 29 at 7:30 pm, Botetourt Reading Room
November 30 at 7 pm and 9 pm, Wyndham Robertson Library
December 1 at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm, Wyndham Robertson Library

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

Winter 2019


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.

Community Garden

Graphic for Community Garden By Ben Jolivet. Directed by Lauren Brooke Ellis.

When they go low, we go ‘round the bend.
As Bernie and Hillary duked it out on the national stage, Claire got to work building the community garden she knew would transform her neighborhood and her life. Instead, political discord grew like weeds and strangled the gardeners. Months after the election, Claire recalls her story to a writer who also hopes to transform a community for the better—but nobody in this garden is safe. Including you.

January 17, 19, 24, 26 at 7:30 pm

The Love Code

Graphic for Love Code playBy Kate Leslie. Directed by Saffron Henke.

Searching for human connection in a digital age, Dylan Rossport has created a dating app, but not just any dating app. This one actually works. When a high powered CEO takes an interest in Dylan’s company, the results may not be what Dylan had hoped. His advanced technology could bring him money and power, but at what price?

January 18, 25 at 7:30 pm
January 20, 27 at 2 pm

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

Marvelous Cornelius: the musical

Image of Marvelous CorneliusAdapted by Shane Strawbridge. Based on the award-winning children’s book by Phil Bildner. Directed by Travis Kendrick and Michelle LoRicco.

Experience this colorful, joyful and heart-warming, tale about a real-life sanitation worker in New Orleans named Cornelius, a bright-spirited and humble man whose waterproof spirit and will made a heroic difference in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and inspired an entire city. Bring the family-this delightful musical is for children of all ages.

February 2 at 11 am and 2 pm
Location: Mill Mountain Theatre, Trinkle Main Stage
Admission: $8 adults. $5 children under 12. One free ticket to current Hollins students, faculty and staff

Spring 2019

Fun Home

Image for Fun HomeMusic by Jeanine Tesori. Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Based on The New York Times best-selling graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

Directed by Rachel Nelson and Ernie Zulia.

Not recommended for children 15 and under.

Winner of multiple Tony Awards and rave reviews, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original Broadway musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Fun(eral) Home; her growing understanding of her own sexuality during college; and the looming, unanswerable questions about her brilliant, one-of-a-kind father’s hidden desires.

With their gorgeous score and haunting script, Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron shattered the glass ceiling and became the first female writing team to win the Tony for best score and book of a musical. In the midst of a universal story of self-awareness and family dynamics Fun Home is also a complex and deeply moving examination of the tension between the freedom of coming out and the painful, often destructive, confinement of the closet.

“Four stars. Fun Home has enormous intelligence and sensitivity. It’s not your ordinary Broadway musical, because it is extraordinary.” — Time Out New York.

February 20-23 at 7:30 pm
February 24 at 2 pm
Location: Hollins University Theatre, Main Stage
Admission: $10 general. One free ticket to current Hollins students, faculty and staff.

The Wolves

Image for The WolvesBy Sarah DeLappe.
Directed by Susanna Young and Hayley Philippart.

In what appears to be the most-produced play in the country for the 2018-19 season, playwright Sarah DeLappe carries us into the minds and souls of nine teenage girls, presenting fully-rounded characters with intelligence, humor and depth…a refreshingly honest view of a population that is too often stereotyped in modern entertainment.

Throughout The Wolves, a girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of female adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. As life unfolds, they dig deeper and begin to recognize the complexities of events, large and small, that change their lives.

CRITIC’S PICK! “The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe.” —The New York Times

April 17-20 at 7:30 pm
April 21 at 2 pm

Location: Hollins University Theatre, Main Stage
Admission: $10 for adults, free to current Hollins students, faculty and staff.

student produced work


Written and devised by Laren Minton.

A performance art piece showcasing explorations of how we as humans interact with and are influenced by the presence or absence of other forms of life.

November 11-12 at 10:00 pm
Location: Hollins University Theatre, Upstairs Studio
Admission: free and open to the public


Written by Kieron Berry. Produced and directed by Sohelen Vargas-Murillo.

Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies. Set in an all-girls’ boarding school, Numbers depicts a vicious battle of wills between four Sixth Form girls in the hour before a new Head Girl is announced. As the girls vie for the coveted position, old friendships and loyalties give way to ambition and betrayal. 

November 13 at 7:30 pm
November 14 at 9 pm
Location: Hollins University Theatre, Upstairs Studio
Admission: free and open to the public


Written by David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. Produced and performed by Anna Holland.

A brilliant evocation of what a slacker’s Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa’s workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. 

December 6 at 7:30 pm
December 8 at 8:30 pm
Location: Hollins University Theatre, Upstairs Studio
Admission: free and open to the public

Ten-Minute Play Festival

Presented by Alpha Psi Omega, drama association national honor society.

Featuring nationally published plays and work from the Hollins Playwright’s Lab, these student-directed short plays provide a showcase where Hollins’ best can flex their creative muscles and show off their growing talent.

May 14 at 7:30 pm
Location: Hollins University Theatre, Upstairs Studio
Admission: free and open to the public