No Holds Bard

Shakespeare Remade

February 19, 2020 to February 22, 2020

Wednesday through Saturday

Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater

No Holds Bard is a community-driven Shakespeare festival. From a newly-imagined Macbeth set in post-earthquake Haiti circa 2010 through our centerpiece bootleg-style presentation of Romeo and Juliet, we are calling on the support and participation of not only our local artists, but of anyone who has ever felt the glow of the limelight and the call of the boards. There is a little something for everyone in The Z’s Shakespeare festival. In addition to the afore-mentioned plays, we are presenting a concert of some of Shakespeare’s dozens of lyrics set to original music by local composers and songwriters and an evening of re-contextualized and newly-paraphrased classic scenes. Imagine Tybalt and Mercutio dueling it out in high-stakes poker, or young Henry exhorting his band of brothers to make one final pizza delivery.

VooDoo Macbeth

A Highlight of No Holds Bard

February 19, 2020 to February 22, 2020

Wednesday through Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 2PM

Studio Theater

Running throughout the festival is the psychological drama Macbeth, the Bard’s masterpiece of treachery, betrayal, and slaughter.

Shake’s Songs

A Highlight of No Holds Bard

February 21, 2020

Friday at 8pm

Main Stage Theater

The Main Stage at The Z is showcased to its full capabilities as we bring Shakespeare’s songs to rich and vivid life in concert.

Shakespeare Scene Slam

A Highlight of No Holds Bard

February 22, 2020

Saturday at 6pm

Lobby

We are inviting theater enthusiasts of all ages to take a few classic scenes and re-fashion them for the modern ear.

Bootleg Romeo + Juliet

A Highlight of No Holds Bard

February 22, 2020

Saturday at 8pm

Main Stage Theater

Bootleg Shakespeare is a true community-sourced production. Our randomly-cast actors have six weeks to learn their lines, create their costumes, and fashion their props– all on their own, without the collaboration of any other actors.

Spinning Tales on Ice: Peter Pan and Cinderella

Real ice skating on stage

February 26, 2020

Wednesday at 7pm

Main Stage Theater

Sit on the edge of your seats as professional champion ice skaters, Broadway level singers, and cirque performers captivate you. Welcome to The Spinning Tales Of Peter Pan & Cinderella On Ice!- Where fairy tales and ice collide!

The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

February 27, 2020

Thursday at 7:30pm

Studio Theater

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing.

TasteBreakers: K’bana Blaq

THE MUSIC SCENE'S HAPPY HOUR

February 28, 2020

Friday at 7pm

Main Stage Theater

Introducing TasteBreakers, the music scene’s happy hour. Pop over to The Z after work to hear our favorite music trendsetters and have a drink on us with your ticket purchase!

Daniel Greenwolf: Celtic Magician

Magic and Storytelling

March 14, 2020

Saturday at 7pm

Main Stage Theater

GreenWolf combines Magic, theatrical storytelling, quick-witted comedy, and a few death-defying feats with the beauty of Irish culture to create a unique theatrical experience that proves Magic isn’t just for children.

Risking Light

Documentary Film

March 21, 2020

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

Documentary film. From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia come the powerful stories of three people who had the courage to step out of the haunting, tragic darkness of the past, risking everything to reach the light of their own compassion.

Medieval Time!

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

March 21, 2020

Saturday at 11am

Studio Theater

Greetings, fellow science fanatics! Welcome to SciTech Industries. Step into our lab and join us for an experiment or two!

The Plan B Comedy Show

Hilarious, Fast Paced, Fun!

March 28, 2020

Saturday at 9pm

Studio Theater

Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show. 

Next To Normal

pulitzer prize winning musical

April 02, 2020 to April 12, 2020

Thursdays at 7pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm

Main Stage Theater

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

Pizza, A Love Story

Documentary Film

April 18, 2020

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

Documentary film. Pizza, A Love Story is not just a tale of three restaurants but of three families that have the power to polarize, captivate, and delight. As we say, pizza wasn't invented in New Haven, it was perfected there. Just wait 'til you get a taste…

Davy Crockett’s Tremendously Tall Tales

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

April 18, 2020

Saturday at 11am

Studio Theater

“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title?

The Opulent 80’s

Eighties Cabaret

April 24, 2020 to May 02, 2020

April 24 & April 30 at 7:30pm; May 1-2 at 7:30pm

Studio Theater

The Opulent 80’s features three performers exploring the materialism, nuclear threats, and angst of the 1980’s.

2020 Sports Hall of Fame Induction

Presented by Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

April 25, 2020

Saturday at 7pm

Main Stage Theater

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame will officially welcome the Class of 2020, as 8 new members will be inducted, Saturday April 25 at 7 p.m.

The Plan B Comedy Show

Hilarious, Fast Paced, Fun!

April 25, 2020

Saturday at 9pm

Studio Theater

Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show. 

Jen Kober

Comedian

May 02, 2020

Saturday at 8pm

Main Stage Theater

Jen Kober is the star performer and recipient of NPR “Snap Judgment Comedic Performance Of The Year” Award! The Girl Scout Cookie Caper is the new Snap classic and has toured to sold out houses across the country.

Beyond Bollywood: Namaste India

Indian tradition and culture

May 03, 2020

Sunday at 3pm

Main Stage Theater

A magical journey depicting India and its myriad of dance forms – the expressive Bharatanatyam from the south to the vibrant and energetic Bhangra from the north.

EmiSunshine

Critically acclaimed singer songwriter

May 23, 2020

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

With music described as “old-timey,” the East Tennessee native adds her own unique contemporary blend of roots music that is equal parts Americana, Bluegrass, Gospel, Blues, and Jazz. Critics have compared her to a young Janis Joplin, Iris Dement, and Dolly Parton.

The Plan B Comedy Show

Hilarious, Fast Paced, Fun!

May 30, 2020

Saturday at 9pm

Studio Theater

Join us at The Z and see our resident comedy company deliver their very own unique, fast paced and always funny Comedy Show. 

Works in Progress

SELECTIONS OF SCENES

June 19, 2020 to June 20, 2020

Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Studio Theater

Our resident playwrights are teaming with local actors and directors in presenting complete scenes from new pieces.

Alexis Cole Trio

Award Winning Jazz artist

June 27, 2020

Saturday at 8pm

Main Stage Theater

Award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole may be the most talented singer to ever hold a top-secret military clearance.