SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 8, 2022

COUNTDOWN TILL PROTEUS PARTY ON OCTOBER 8TH!

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2 full weekends of creativity are back at The Z!

Showcases of music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, a silent auction, and interactive art projects take over our block of Town Center this October in the don’t-miss event of the season! Come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!

Sept. 30:

Creativity starts here! Form a Creative Team at Proteus Festival. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Grab up to 5 friends and come to The Z on 9/30 at 6pm to receive your prompt. Then, over the course of 5 days, create a new work in one of three disciplines: theater, music, and film, and on opening day of Proteus Festival, 10/6 at 7:30pm, present that new work at The Z.

Creative Teams receive rehearsal space, technical support, and special access to all Proteus Festival events. They may also receive mentorship from local professionals in their chosen field if they desire that support.
Sign up here: https://thez.org/proteusteams/
Email our Community Engagement Director at [email protected] with questions.

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

On Sept. 30: A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Get a sneak peek of the shows on September 16 and 23. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite ” show. Winner of the Audience Favorite will get an extended run in November.

2022 Selected Plays are: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane, “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” Story by Clyde Santana, Stage Play By Clyde Santana and Buddy White, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Oct. 1:

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

On Oct. 1: “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” Story by Clyde Santana, Stage Play By Clyde Santana and Buddy White, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray. 

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Get a sneak peek of the shows on September 16 and 23. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite ” show. Winner of the Audience Favorite will get an extended run in November.

2022 Selected Plays are: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane, “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” Story by Clyde Santana, Stage Play By Clyde Santana and Buddy White, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Oct. 6:

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

On Oct. 6: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Get a sneak peek of the shows on September 16 and 23. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite ” show. Winner of the Audience Favorite will get an extended run in November.

2022 Selected Plays are: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane, “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” Story by Clyde Santana, Stage Play By Clyde Santana and Buddy White, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Creativity starts here! Form a Creative Team at Proteus Festival. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Grab up to 5 friends and come to The Z on 9/30 at 6pm to receive your prompt. Then, over the course of 5 days, create a new work in one of three disciplines: theater, music, and film, and on opening day of Proteus Festival, 10/6 at 7:30pm, present that new work at The Z.

Creative Teams receive rehearsal space, technical support, and special access to all Proteus Festival events. They may also receive mentorship from local professionals in their chosen field if they desire that support.
Sign up here: https://thez.org/proteusteams/
Email our Community Engagement Director at [email protected] with questions.

Oct. 7:

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

On Oct. 7: “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Get a sneak peek of the shows on September 16 and 23. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite ” show. Winner of the Audience Favorite will get an extended run in November.

2022 Selected Plays are: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane, “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” Story by Clyde Santana, Stage Play By Clyde Santana and Buddy White, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

PLAN B: HULLABALOO

October 07 at 8:00pm

Main Stage Theater

Community-favorite Plan B Comedy hits the Main Stage of Proteus for an evening packed with comedy! Our resident comedians of Plan B Comedy Troup offer a raucous evening of Sketch, Improv and Stand Up to give you a sampler platter of what the Plan B season has to offer.

***** Plan B Comedy is very proud to be the resident comedy group at The Z. Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows.

Oct. 8:

PROTEUS BLOCK PARTY

Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2-7pm

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Your introduction to The Z starts this October! Our annual Proteus Block Party is the biggest don’t-miss FREE event of the season showcasing music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, and interactive art projects. We’ll have our doors open wide for the community to come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!

PARTY LIKE A VIP: For $100 get a reserved seat at a VIP premium view table, then enjoy dinner and a show with catered food and private bar access during the Block Party, plus a ticket to the Proteus Music Contest at 8pm.

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Featuring THE VIRGINIA LOVE SIGN COMMUNITY SCULPTURE
The 16-foot-long VA LOVE SIGN is crafted from recycled and upcycled materials
Thanks to Home Depot for sponsoring the project by providing all the building materials.

PROTEUS MUSIC CONTEST

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8pm

Mainstage Theater

The Proteus Festival Music Contest is for emerging and early-career musical artists!
See performances from our five finalists at Proteus Festival, and watch as a winner is crowned by a panel of music industry professionals. The grand prize is a headlining concert in the Live at The Z Music Series and a recording package in The Z’s recording studio.

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All-Access Pass

Calling all art lovers! Take part in all of Proteus Festival with the All-Access Pass! Your pass includes entry to the New Plays Festival, Music Contest, Plan B Hullabaloo, and Creative Team performances-so you can experience all of Proteus, your way.

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