The Word

AN OPEN MIC FOR POETS, STORYTELLERS AND FABULISTS

August 23, 2018

Thursday at 7:30pm

The Word is in collaboration with The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers.

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT COLD PRESSED IN TOWN CENTER

Cold Pressed has been kind enough to be a good neighbor and host us while we await the completion of our new home!

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

 

Honey Bee: A Superhero Story

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

September 22, 2018

Saturday at 11am

Written and Directed by Scott Quirk

In a city beset by crime, one hero will rise to save the day. She is the Honey Bee! Come see the exciting origin of this great superhero! Thrill as the Honey Bee battles her nemesis – the super villain Brain Freeze! Can the Honey Bee foil Brain Freeze’s plan to destroy all the ice cream in the world? What will we do if there is no more ice cream? Only the Honey Bee can save the day – with the help of the world’s bravest audience, of course!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads 

Proteus Festival

Grand Opening Event

October 05, 2018 to October 07, 2018

Friday through Sunday!

Proteus Festival presents a series of unique performances, presentations, and original works in three creative disciplines: music, theater, and film. A festival badge allows admission to all events on a first-come, first-served basis for the entire festival. Coupled with performances and film screenings, there are panel discussions with artists, producers, directors, and other creative professionals; participatory public art installations; afterparties and networking meet ups; and pop-up artistic and culinary surprises.

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The Hunts

Studio Theater Premier Performance!

October 05, 2018

Friday at 8pm

The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Born and raised in the south lands of Chesapeake, Virginia, the siblings grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music. Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals) and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals) pour their blood, sweat and tears into every song and strive to write music that moves hearts with beauty, power and joy.

With over 10 million listens on Spotify and tours with X Ambassadors and The Fray, The Hunts will headline the Friday Night Studio Theater Premier Performance on October 5, during Proteus Festival!

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You can see The Hunts by grabbing a Proteus Festival pass when they go on sale in late July!

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Kishi Bashi

String Quartet Live!

October 06, 2018

Saturday at 8pm

Violinist, singer and composer, Kishi Bashi, released his sophomore album titled Lighght, in May 2014. Taking its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan, Lighght (pronounced “Light”) continues and expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, 151a, which earned Kishi Bashi the title of “Best New Artist” for 2012 by NPR.

Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation on Lighght. Bright and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements, gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments that flirt with ‘70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes). If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that’s because it is. But it works.

Kishi Bashi will also be here leading a discussion on his work, Omoiyari, a film about positive social change through art, music, and empathy. This film will also be shown at Proteus Festival!

You can see Kishi Bashi by grabbing a Proteus Festival pass when they go on sale in late July!

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Halloweenie

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

October 20, 2018

Saturday at 11am

Written by Anton Five

Directed by Mike Burnette

The ghosts that haunt the House of Halloweenie are hosting a party, and you are invited!  It’s time, once again, to throw the biggest bash for all the spirits across the land and celebrate the anniversary of Halloweenie – a happy place where monsters and spooks can do as they please.  But someone, or something doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Come watch three lovable ghosts try to fix the party and prevent a renegade revenant from wreaking havoc.  Don’t be tricked; this new play is a theatrical treat for all ages!

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Thriller Night

A Halloween Cabaret

October 25, 2018 to October 27, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Conceived and directed by Lindsay Eure
Musical direction by TBA

A new revue style show to spook, provoke and thrill! This tongue in cheek cabaret will feature pop-rock radio tunes and songs from our favorite Halloween soundtracks performed by a small “creature cast” of the usual Halloween suspects.

Jimmy Pardo Live!

Standing Up Comedy

October 27, 2018

Live Podcast at 2pm; Stand-Up at 8pm

The Z is excited to announce Jimmy Pardo in a double-header on 27 October! Join us at 2pm for a live taping of Jimmy’s ground-breaking podcast “Never Not Funny,” and come back at 8pm for Jimmy doing standing-up comedy. Don’t miss the best detective in the room in a rare east coast appearance!

Jimmy Pardo has been seen on countless television shows, including “Conan,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Late Show,” “@midnight,” and most recently he hosted the critically acclaimed “Race To Escape” on Science Channel.

Never Not Funny is an award-winning weekly podcast hosted by comedian and TV personality Jimmy Pardo. Broadcasting since 2006, the show features freeform conversations between Pardo, his producer Matt Belknap and his sometimes famous, always funny friends. Now part of the Earwolf Network, the show gets half a million downloads a month and has appeared on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, in Esquire, GQ and Billboard Magazine, and was named a top comedy podcast by iTunes, Mashable, and The AV Club.Notable past guests include: Conan O’Brien, Jon Hamm, Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Cryer, Paul Reiser, Sarah Silverman, Richard Lewis, Bob Odenkirk, David Steinberg, Tom Bergeron, Tommy Shaw, Lisa Loeb, Anthony Rapp, Billy Eichner and Weird Al Yankovic.

Like Cats and Dogs

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

November 17, 2018

Saturday at 11am

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky
In a house, there lives a Dog. The dog is happy. Life is peaceful. Then the humans bring home a surprise. A yarn chasing, mouse hunting, meowing surprise. Dog does not like surprises.

Will this odd pair learn to coexist, or will it be mass hysteria? Whatever the case, hysterical antics are coming to CTHR this November! Whether you’re a dog lover, a cat lover, or just someone who loves to laugh, you’re sure to love “Like Cats and Dogs”. 

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Holidivas

A Holiday Cabaret

December 13, 2018 to December 15, 2018

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Conceived and directed by Lindsay Eure
Musical direction by Bart Kuebler

This will be the fourth 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.

Uncle Wiggily’s Christmas Carol

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

December 15, 2018

Saturday at 11am & 2pm

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky

You’re invited to the Woods for a holiday tea at Uncle Wiggily’s house… only Uncle Wiggily is the last to know! In order to keep you entertained, the old rabbit gentleman will have to get everyone’s help to put on the biggest production the forest has ever seen: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”!

You’ll meet Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy the muskrat housekeeper, Jumpo Kinkytail the monkey, Doctor Possum (the possum), and a slew of madcap characters as they portray the quintessential Christmas tale… with just a few minor changes!    

With enduring themes of love, generosity, and second chances, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with Uncle Wiggily and his forest friends in CTHR’s beloved adaptation. A charming and original spin on the classic, and great holiday fun for the entire family.

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Charlotte Grimm’s Lost Fairy Tale

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

January 19, 2019

Saturday at 11am & 2pm

Written by Anton Five, Directed by Mike Burnette

It’s not easy being Charlotte.  Her two smarty pants siblings (the Brothers Grimm to be precise) tease her just because she loves stories.  As much as her brothers love words; they don’t love stories- not the way Charlotte does.  Charlotte loves stories because anything can happen in a story.

But on top of that…she gets lost in the woods…and can’t find her way home!  The woods are dark, and mysterious, but Charlotte is determined to get back.  Along the way she meets all sorts of friends (some you may have heard of):  a brother and sister who are looking for their bread crumbs, a beautiful young maiden with really, really long hair; and a magical fish that grants wishes (that one you may not have heard of).  Everything is going smoothly until they meet a certain old woman who lives in a house made of candy…
So join us Once Upon A Time for a fantastic adventure where anything can happen, because anything can happen in a story.  Magical for all ages.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Sex On Broadway

A Valentine Cabaret

February 14, 2019 to February 16, 2019

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

Back again for romp number four! 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.

The Puppet Adventure Hour

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

February 16, 2019

Saturday at 11am

Written and Directed by Scott Quirk

Puppets! Adventure! The wildest tales of derring-do ever told in just one hour! Only the boldest puppet adventurers get to become members of the Puppet Adventure Club, and they are here to share their stories with you! Forgotten lands! Lost treasures! Evil villains that must be stopped! And a chance for you – the world’s most adventurous audience – to become members of the Puppet Adventurers Club! Are you brave enough? Are you daring enough? Then come and be part of the stories of the Puppet Adventure Hour!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Princess Pitfalls

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

March 16, 2019

Saturday at 11am

Written by Anton Five, Directed by Mike Burnette

Princess Nelldora doesn’t want to be a princess- at least, not the kind that you’re thinking of.  Some day she wants to be an Evil Queen, just like her mom.  Surely enrolling in Antagonist Academy will show her what it takes.  The school has all types:  witches, mad scientists, misunderstood creatures.  You would think that Nelldora would feel right at home; except her classmates keep calling her ‘Nell’, and, even worse, ‘Princess’.  No matter!  Nelldora knows that she has what it takes to become an Evil Queen…or does she?  Students from rival school Protagonist Prep are coming to visit to take part in the final exam: The Princess Pitfalls!  She will have to study with Princess Aetheria (the kind that you are thinking of) to pass the test. 

Can Aetheria and Nell work together?  Will Nell pass?  Open your textbooks (‘How To Be A Proper Villain’- page one) to find out. 

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Woke Up In My Clothes Again This Morning

The Music and Lyrics of Sting

April 18, 2019 to April 19, 2019

Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm

Co-conceived by Bart Kuebler (Musical Director) and Lindsay Eure (Director)
This deliciously dark production is back for a second incarnation at The Z. Set in a 19th century lunatic asylum, a cast of “mentally deranged” characters lend new interpretation to the music and lyrics of Sting as depicted through the foggy lens of psychotropic drugs, “therapies” and imprisonment.

Wild West!

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

April 27, 2019

Saturday at 11am

Written and Directed by Jessica Brooke Pinsky

Many years ago, in the not-too-distant past, in a world almost exactly like our own, something else roams the land. Something rough. Something tough. Something rootin’ tootin’, cattle drivin’, yee-hawin’, and ready to bust some bucking broncos. Something… kind of smelly.

Greetings, fellow science fanatics! Welcome to SciTech Industries. Step into our lab and join us for an experiment or two! Worried about explosions? Don’t be! We’ve taken every precaution to ensure our students have a safe and educational experience. In case of emergencies that say, teleport one of us back to the Old West, we’ll just rebuild our time machine and get them back to the present lickety-split! A little bit of frontier frolicking never hurt a fly… we think! Of course, the last time our scientists traveled through time there were a few- minor- glitches… but, nothing to worry about! After all, surely they’ve worked out all the kinks by now. How many times can time travel go wrong?

Come along, little doggies, and join your favorite scientists for another unforgettable adventure through time and space: “Wild West!”, the final installment in CTHR’s Trilogy! series. For buckaroos of all ages (best enjoyed by cowpokes 4 and up).

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Chasing Mother Goose

presented by Children's Theatre of Hampton Roads

May 18, 2019

Saturday at 11am

Written by Jessica Brooke Pinsky, Directed by Scott Quirk

The venerable poet Mother Goose currently presides over a library that houses every piece of literature in existence. Day and night she does her best to keep order and ensure peace among the shelves. But even under her no-nonsense watch, the books have a tendency to get out of hand. On a seemingly quiet night, the mad Hatter from Wonderland shows up, and when a copy of Moby Dick is returned with pages missing, Captain Ahab also arrives – to wreak vengeance on the creature that took his leg!

Mother Goose and the Hatter have no choice but to comb the other books for Ahab’s missing pages and put him back together before the library opens in the morning, all the while fleeing the amnesic Ahab on his misguided mission! This hilariously creative play, rich with audience interaction, literary celebrities, and touching moments, will delight audiences of all ages.

This play is appropriate for audiences of all ages, best enjoyed by those four years and up

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads