Saint Irene’s

A play by Manoli Kouremetis

January 23, 2020 to February 02, 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.

Cross That River

untold story of the Black West

February 08, 2020

Saturday at 7:30pm

Main Stage Theater

The Virginia African American Cultural Center and The Z present a concert performance of Cross That River, featuring an extraordinary score that mixes jazz, blues, country, and R&B. Award Winning Jazz artist Alan Harris's new musical tells the untold story of the Black West and aims to empower Americans with an inspiring story of freedom. The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a run-away slave, who escapes from slavery to Texas to become one of America’s first Black Cowboys. This compelling tale of freedom integrates fiction with historical fact, and each song presents a different page in this complicated chapter of American History.

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.

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.

Works in Progress


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.