Proteus New Plays Festival: Previews

Part of Proteus Festival '22

September 16, 2022

7:00pm

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. The winner of the Audience Favorite will get an extended run in November.

On Sept. 16, see previews of: “A Cut Above” by Zachary and Christen Davis, “The Blood Cycle” by Benita Alane. 

Proteus New Plays Festival: Previews

Part of Proteus Festival '22

September 23, 2022

7:00pm

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Get a sneak peak 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: 

On Sept. 23, see previews of: “Likker Outta Control, Busting Arlena Cartwright” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Proteus Festival

A Z Signature Festival Event

September 30, 2022 to October 10, 2022

See event details for times

Lobby, Main Stage Theater, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

2 full weekends of creativity are back at The Z! 

Showcases of music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, a slient 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!

GET YOUR ALL-ACCESS PASS TO GET TICKETS TO ALL EVENTS

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: 

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

Fridays & Saturdays, 9/30-10/1 and 10/7-10/8 at 7pm

Studio Theater

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. 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” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray


PLAN B COMEDY HULLABALOO

Friday, Oct. 7 at 8pm

Mainstage


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 on the terrace in the VIP lounge area, then enjoy dinner and a show with catered food and drink during the Block Party, and a ticket to the Proteus Music Contest at 8pm.


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.

Proteus New Plays Festival

Part of Proteus Festival '22

September 30, 2022

7:00pm

Studio Theater

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

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite show. The 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” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray. 

Proteus New Plays Festival

Part of Proteus Festival '22

October 01, 2022

7:00pm

Studio Theater

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

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite show. The 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” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray. 

Proteus New Plays Festival

Part of Proteus Festival '22

October 06, 2022

7:00pm

Studio Theater

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

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. Join us for performances in repertory during Proteus and vote for your favorite show. The 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” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Creative Team Performances

Part of Proteus Festival '22

October 06, 2022

7:30pm

Studio Theater

Kick off your Proteus experience with our Creative Team Performances! Creative Teams, comprised of local artists of all ages and experiences, have created new works in theater, music and film over the course of 5 days with support from The Z. Dive into the heart of the festival and a cornerstone of The Z’s mission: to foster new works and provide professional support to those with a passion for the arts understanding that creativity builds community.

Proteus New Plays Festival

Part of Proteus Festival '22

October 07, 2022

7:00pm

Studio Theater

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

The 2022 Proteus New Plays Festival features four new works written in our American Dreamwrights Workshop. 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” by Clyde Santana, and “No One Knows Her Song” by P.A. Wray

Proteus Festival Block Party

a free event at Proteus Festival 2022

October 08, 2022

2pm

Lobby, Studio Theater, The Outside Terrace

Your introduction to The Z starts at the annual Proteus Block Party! Showcases of music, comedy, theater, kid’s entertainment, open mics, and interactive art projects take over Town Center this October in the don’t-miss free event of the season! Come see what The Z is all about-there’s no arts fest like Proteus!

FEATURING:

On the Terrace & Plaza: VA is for Arts Lovers LOVE sign art project and outdoor performances, plus an open mic sampler featuring our Z Artist Members and local performers alike

Studio: Rotation of performances by the Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads, Plan B Comedy, American Dreamwrights, and Proteus Creative Team Winners Past and Present

Main Lobby: Silent Auction with prizes from VB favorites

 

*Party like a VIP: Each VIP ticket includes a seated table on the Plaza or Terrace, a catered meal, drinks, and a ticket to the Proteus Music Contest Concert.*

Proteus Audience Favorite: Extended Run

Curtain Up! New Plays Series: Audience Favorite Extended Run

November 04, 2022 to November 05, 2022

7:30pm and 3pm matinees

Studio Theater

The Proteus New Plays Festival Audience has voted…and your votes are in! Your winner for the Proteus Audience Favorite Award is back for an extended 2-week run! The highest-rated play from the 2022 Festival returns in a full-scale production in our intimate Studio Theater, as part of the Curtain Up! New Plays Series. #TheaterStartsHere

Proteus Audience Favorite: Extended Run

Curtain Up! New Plays Series: Audience Favorite Extended Run

November 11, 2022 to November 12, 2022

7:30pm and 3pm matinees

Studio Theater

The Proteus New Plays Festival Audience has voted…and your votes are in! Your winner for the Proteus Audience Favorite Award is back for an extended 2-week run! The highest-rated play from the 2022 Festival returns in a full-scale production in our intimate Studio Theater, as part of the Curtain Up! New Plays Series. #TheaterStartsHere