2020-21 Season

Princeton Review

Hollins Theatre Climbs the Charts to Reach a New High!

We are so excited to share the news that the Hollins Theatre Institute is now ranked #8 among College Theatres in the country by The Princeton Review. We are proud to be in the company of some of the best theatre schools in higher education, and recognize what an honor it is for a program our size to be in the top ten! We may be a small campus, but our vision is mighty and our sights are high.


Due to continuing coronavirus pandemic restrictions on campus, the Hollins Theatre will not be open to in-person public audiences. However, we are offering opportunities for theatre lovers to attend a limited number of productions: a Zoom presentation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the 2021 Hollins-Mill Mountain Winter Festival of New Works on Zoom and a Spring Main Stage Production. Please see complete details below.


You are welcome to call our box office with questions at 540-362-6517.


Fall 2020

virtual spotlight reading series: baltimore

BaltimoreA virtual script-in-hand reading of a timely drama about racism on college campuses by Kirsten Greenidge. Directed by guest artist Michelle LoRicco.

When a racially-charged incident divides first-year students, a reluctant resident advisor finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the controversy mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. Sharp, funny, and searing.

September 25 at 7:30 pm
September 26 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

Location: Zoom Livestream
Admission: Free and open to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff ONLY.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4749789).


American Shakespeare Center Virtual tour: Othello

OthelloEvil is everywhere in Shakespeare’s great tragedy of racism and jealousy, as the love of Othello and Desdemona is destroyed by envy and fact is twisted by innuendo. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as the deadly machinations unfold. ASC favorite Jessika Williams takes on the title role. Contains adult themes.

October 9 at 7:30 pm

Location: BLKFRS Livestream
Music begins at 7 pm, performance at 7:30 pm
Admission: Free and open to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff ONLY.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4749823). Details about how current Hollins students can enter a lottery for one of 50 seats available in the Main Stage Theatre to watch on the big screen will be posted on My.Hollins.


virtual presentation: The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Rescheduled from Spring 2020 and reformatted as a Zoom presentation, join the Hollins Theatre for the thrilling, uplifting play by Simon Stephens, based on the best-selling novel by Mark Hadden.

Winner of seven Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards including Best Play. The play that dazzled Broadway and West End audiences, brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling, award-winning novel to thrilling life on stage. Tenacious and intelligent, Christopher is a teenager on the autistic spectrum, who’s better at solving equations than navigating a world that’s stubbornly out of sync with how his mind works. After being wrongly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, he resolves to find the real culprit. But, when his investigation uncovers painful truths about his family, he dares to strike out on his own, embarking on a thrilling adventure that upturns his whole world in a thrilling, heartwarming, and uplifting story for every one of us. Recommended for ages 12 and up due to strong language throughout the production.

October 16-17 at 7:30 pm
October 18 at 2 pm

Location: Zoom Livestream
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4749847). Details about how current Hollins students can enter a lottery for one of 50 seats available in the Main Stage Theatre to watch on the big screen will be posted on My.Hollins.


Special Presentation: Connection Through Distance

An immersive, research-based, experimental theatre experience that will explore how we are still connected in our new socially-distant world, using justice practices to help us rethink community engagement and responsibility. Lauren Brooke Ellis and Susanna Young will be shaping an ensemble for community-based exploration, using the actor-as-creator model, in order to center the hearts and minds of our community so we might reimagine connection and fix what was never working. Additional details including how current Hollins students, faculty, and staff can be part of the audience community coming soon!

November 13-15 at 7:30 pm

Location: Hollins Campus
Admission: Open to current Hollins students, faculty, and staff ONLY.


Winter 2021

Mill Mountain Theatre - Playwright's Lab2021 HOLLINS-MILL MOUNTAIN virtual WINTER FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS

Produced by Hollins Theatre Institute and Mill Mountain Theatre. Performed and presented on Zoom.

Missing red girls

Written and directed by Max Bidasha.

Based on TRUE STORIES about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), and inspired by Jennifer James, activist, storyteller and mother, the play follows two families on their journeys to find their loved ones who were stolen from them. The families endure racism, many obstacles, and very few resources.

January 21-23 at 7:30 pm
January 24 at 2 pm

Location: Zoom Livestream
Admission: $5 general. Tickets will go on sale on BrownPaperTickets.com on December 1, 2020.

Saturday Fringe Spotlight: The Care Taker

Written by Stephanie Goldman. Directed by Clinton Johnston.

The complicated relationship of a mother and daughter gets even more complicated in this twisted love story when what is hidden in the closet is forced to come out. A wound that is hidden can never be healed.

January 23 at 2 pm

Location: Zoom Livestream
Admission: Free and open to the public. Tickets will go on sale on BrownPaperTickets.com on December 1, 2020.

Shadow of the Son

Written by Kate Leslie. Directed by Daimien Matherson.

Artemis is the goddess of the moon, and her brother, Apollo, is the god of the sun. Expected to live up to the ideals of the immortals, Artemis longs for freedom and the opportunity to chart her own path. But when she builds her own world away from that of her father, has she simply traded one set of impossible expectations for another?

January 28-30 at 7:30 pm
January 3
1 at 2 pm

Location: Zoom Livestream
Admission: $5 general. Tickets will go on sale on BrownPaperTickets.com on December 1, 2020.

Saturday Fringe Spotlight: The Magic Stick

Written by Erica Zephir. Directed by Breana Venable.

In this memory play, narrator Mary tells the story about returning home to her mother to escape spousal abuse. As she searches for happiness and fulfillment, she encounters many adversities, and the aura of her husband haunts her.

January 30 at 2 pm

Location: Zoom Livestream
Admission: Free and open to the public. Tickets will go on sale on BrownPaperTickets.com on December 1, 2020.


Spring 2021

Spotlight Reading Series: The bluest eye

The Bluest EyeRescheduled from Spring 2020, this script-in-hand staged reading captures the life and action of the play by Lydia R. Diamond based on the monumental book by Toni Morrison.

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. With rich language and bold vision, this powerful adaptation of an American classic explores the crippling toll that a legacy of racism has taken on a community, a family, and an innocent girl. Directed guest artist Dominic Taylor.

March 12-13 at 7:30 pm
March 14 at 2 pm

Location and Admission: TBD based on COVID-19 restrictions on campus.


spring 2021 Mainstage production 

Stage lightsPlans are underway for a dynamic production that will excite audiences on-line or in person. Stay tuned for more details as spring approaches.

April 7-11 OR April 21-25

Location and Admission: TBD based on COVID-19 restrictions on campus.