VB Comedy Fest

12 Hours of Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch Comedy

August 24, 2019

Saturday 9:30am - 11pm

Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater

VB Comedy Fest is a festival that celebrates comedy in all its forms.  Stand Up, Improv, and Sketch... you name it, we wanna laugh at it.  A festival that provides participants the opportunity to see what our local performers have to offer as well as our friends from outside the Hampton Roads area.

Daze of Summer

Urban Astronauts & Brasii

August 31, 2019

Saturday at 7pm

Studio Theater

Our mission is to create opportunities to put these ideas on center stage. August 31st, at the Zeiders American Dream Theater, we put a stand to these issues with our joint music and fashion show, titled “Daze of Summer”.Together we can help craft these ideas into reality, and increase cultural currency in our respective markets!

The Interpreters

Documentary Film

September 14, 2019

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

Documentary film. Iraqi and Afghan interpreters were key to the U.S. war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their work.

Guy Bavli: Master of the Mind

mentalist

September 28, 2019

Saturday at 7pm

Main Stage Theater

Come join the award winning mentalist Guy Bavli on his journey into the mysteries of the human mind.  You will enjoy an evening of telekinesis, humor, ESP, and interactive audience participation that’ll have you buzzing long after the final curtain call.

Jae Sinnett Trio featuring Ellis Marsalis

swinging jazz trio

October 05, 2019

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

The Jae Sinnett Trio with very special guest, jazz icon Ellis Marsalis, will bring a swingin beautiful jazz trio context to the warm and sophisticated Zieders American Dream Theater Saturday October 5th.

Proteus Festival 2019

Music, Theater, and Film!

October 08, 2019 to October 13, 2019

Tuesday-Sunday

The Z’s annual Proteus Festival is a multi-day celebration of creative experiences. The Proteus artists present over forty performances in six days and foster the creation of a dozen new works. The Z becomes a continual hub of new experiences. The unique, the unknown, and the unforgettable take the stage in an explosion of Protean spirit in Neptune’s city. Proteus Festival serves all creative arts, but highlights three in particular: music, theater, and film. 

Bryan Bowers Band

presented by Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music

October 11, 2019

Friday at 7:30pm

Studio Theater

For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo. He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.

The Thick Dark Fog & Badger Creek

Documentary Film

October 19, 2019

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

Documentary film. Badger Creek is a half-hour documentary portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek.

It Came from the Toybox

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

October 19, 2019

Saturday at 11am

Studio Theater

Join CTHR this October for an exciting new play full of silly, colorful characters, on a family vacation that gets even weirder than expected! What’s the worst that can happen when the imagination literally runs wild?

Grotesquerie Lake

A New Musical by James Rubio

November 01, 2019 to November 03, 2019

Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

Studio Theater

With a catchy score influenced by '70s music and art song in equal measure, Grotesquerie Lake is a fantastical story that reminds us to never lose focus- despite the distractions- while always remaining true to your vision.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

November 16, 2019

Saturday at 11am

Studio Theater

Climb up the beanstalk with Jack to the land of the giants, this November at CTHR!

Basses Are Loaded

By Caitlyn Kamminga

November 22, 2019 to November 24, 2019

Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

Studio Theater

Basses are Loaded is a hilarious psychological study of three generations of musicians trying to find a way to make music together in challenging circumstances.

The Doo Wop Project

greatest music in American pop and rock history.

November 22, 2019

Friday at 8pm

Main Stage Theater

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route

Documentary Film

November 23, 2019

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

Documentary film. DETROIT 48202: CONVERSATIONS ALONG A POSTAL ROUTE examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years.

Holidivas

Holiday Cabaret

December 12, 2019 to December 15, 2019

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm

Studio Theater

This will be the fifth annual HOLIDIVAS cabaret at The Z. This show is tailored to the performers and features a diverse selection of holiday music for a heartwarming yet hilarious evening with plenty of nostalgia.

Too Many Santas

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

December 14, 2019

Saturday at 11am and 2pm

Studio Theater

Join CTHR this December for a brand-new holiday production! Help Wanted: ‘The United Nicks’ is looking for a creative, hardworking, and fun-loving individual to be a part of their Holiday Team!

The Princess and the Pea

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

January 11, 2020

Saturday at 11am and 2pm

Studio Theater

An evil, terrible queen is threatening to take over the kingdom! Can no one in this entire Hill of Beans stop her from carrying out her dastardly plot?

Saint Irene’s

A play by Manoli Kouremetis

January 23, 2020 to January 26, 2020

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2:30pm

Studio Theater

In a last-ditch attempt to save her declining church from financial ruin, a desperate president fights to uncover her father's long-lost, tainted fortune.

The Blood is at the Doorstep

Documentary Film

February 04, 2020

Tuesday at 7PM

Main Stage Theater

Documentary film. On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer responding to a non-emergency wellness check in a popular downtown park. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them.

The World of Oz

Presented by Children's Theater of Hampton Roads

February 08, 2020

Saturday at 11am

Studio Theater

Travel over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City once more!

Sex on Broadway

Valentine's Cabaret

February 13, 2020 to February 15, 2020

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm

Studio Theater

Back again for romp number FIVE! The title says it all. Sexy Broadway tunes, heartfelt ballads and just the right dose of hilarity make for the perfect Valentine (or anti-valentine) celebration.

No Holds Bard

Shakespeare Remade

February 19, 2020 to February 22, 2020

Wednesday through Saturday

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.

The New Edgar Cayce Musical

A New Musical by Anton Dudley and Michael Cooper

March 12, 2020 to March 14, 2020

Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm

Studio Theater

A new musical about Edgar Cayce from the writing team of Anton Dudley and Michael Cooper, the creators of Second to Nun.

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!

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.

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.