Proteus Festival

A Z Signature Festival Event

September 30, 2022 to October 08, 2022

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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 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!

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS: 

NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL:

9/30-10/1 and 10/5-10/7 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

*”The Blood Cycle”, originally planned for Sept. 30, has been rescheduled to Wed. Oct. 5 at 7pm. Patrons who purchased a ticket for Sept. 30’s show can exchange their ticket for Oct 6 or 7 and see the Oct 5 performance for free. Please contact the Box Office with questions. 


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 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.


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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Sponsored by: 

Plan B Hullabaloo

Part of Proteus Festival '22

October 07, 2022

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 Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

 

PROTEUS FESTIVAL SPONSORED BY

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 more!

Headlining performance by Jared Farell: Jared Farrell is Virginia Beach-based singer/songwriter, known for his catchy melodies and story-driven music backed with electronic production. After two EPs, “Lights of Babylon and Illuminate” and a full-length record, “KIRA,” Jared is set to release his newest album, “Electric” in October of this year. As the singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the New York-based band Frequent Season, Jared played shows at Mercury Lounge, Arlene’s Grocery, the Bitter End, the Middle East, and more. As the keyboardist for Davey Suicide, he went on 4 national tours, opening for bands like Static X, Orgy, Jeffree Star, Twiztid, and Wednesday 13.

Main Lobby: Silent Auction with prizes from VB favorites

PARTY LIKE A VIP: For $100 get a reserved seat at a VIP premium view table, enjoy a private reception courtesy of Cantina Laredo and private bar access during the Block Party, plus a ticket to the Proteus Music Contest at 8pm.

VIEW THE FULL PROTEUS LINEUP

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

October 11, 2022

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

October 15, 2022

8:00pm

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

November 08, 2022

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Leftovers: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

November 26, 2022

8:00pm

Main Stage Theater

Plan B Comedy is coming over for holiday leftovers. Watch Plan B perform some improv comedy that’ll cure that holiday food coma and leave you asking for seconds! Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy. Eighth year running!

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy Troupe

December 06, 2022

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Kids Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

December 10, 2022

2:00pm

Main Stage Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

December 17, 2022

8:00pm

Studio Theater

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.

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

January 10, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

January 21, 2023

8:00pm

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

February 07, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

February 18, 2023

8:00pm

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

March 14, 2023

7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Comedy Show: TBD (that bird dead)

with Plan B Comedy

March 18, 2023

8:00pm

Main Stage Theater

Join Plan B Comedy in the Main Stage as they attempt to cheat death while making you laugh and laugh and laugh.

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Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

April 11, 2023

7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 15, 2023

8:00pm

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

May 09, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends.   Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

May 20, 2023

8:00pm

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B Jam: Open Mic for Improv Games

with Plan B Comedy

June 13, 2023

7:30pm

Studio Theater

The original improv workshop is back! Watch, participate, ask questions and get answers in these open Plan B rehearsals where anyone can join in the Jam sesh!  Whether you’re brushing up on your existing skills or learning new ones, these Jams are a perfect way to explore your creativity and meet some new friends. Free and open to the public

*****

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!

Plan B: Comedy Show

with Plan B Comedy

June 17, 2023

8:00pm

Studio Theater

Plan B Comedy Series: Performing regularly in both the Studio and the Main Stage, Plan B Comedy provides a high-energy, fast-paced and exciting experience to audiences of all ages. Plan B Comedy’s brand is “FUN” and it shows. Comedy starts here!