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 virtually attend the 2021 Hollins-Mill Mountain Winter Festival of New Works and our Spring 2021 Spotlight Reading Series and Main Stage Production on Zoom. 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 Haddon.

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: gathering light: a devised collection of Connections

Gathering LightAn experimental and sensorial theatrical happening based in social distancing and equitable practices that has been generated, written, performed, devised, choreographed, and concocted by Hollins students of all years and majors. Lauren Brooke Ellis and Susanna Young have been facilitating an exploration of how we make safe connections to each other and to audiences during this global pandemic and what it means for theatre to be a justice practice. Details about how current Hollins students, faculty, and staff can be part of the audience community can be found on My.Hollins.

November 13, 14, 15 at 5 pm, 6:15 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:45 pm
November 17 (rain date), times tbd

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.

Missing Red GirlsBased 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: Free and open to the public.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4859622). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.

 


Saturday Fringe Spotlight: The Care Taker

Written by Stephanie Goldman. Directed by Michelle LoRicco.

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.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4859796). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.


Shadow of the Son

The Shadow of the SonWritten by Kate Leslie. Directed by Lauren Brooke Ellis.

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: Free and open to the public.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4859701). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.


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.

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/4859807). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.


Spring 2021

Student-Produced Virtual Ten-Minute Play Festival

Coordinated by Lauren Brooke Ellis, these short plays written, directed, and performed by students provide a showcase where Hollins’ best can flex their creative muscles and show off their growing talent.

February 19-20 at 7:30 pm

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

Go to My.Hollins.edu to access the Zoom performance link.


Virtual 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.

Directed by guest artist Dominic Taylor. The Bluest Eye asks powerful questions concerning racism, beauty, and identity with stunning grace and subtlety.

March 11-13 at 7:30 pm
March 14 at 2 pm

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

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/5055001). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.


virtual Main stage production: Decision height 

Decision HeightA fully produced Zoom presentation and first revival of Hollins’ award-winning play written by Meredith Dayna Levy ’12, M.F.A. ’18. Decision Height, inspired by the Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII, illuminates the powerful bonds formed by six women under extraordinary circumstances. Directed by Ernie Zulia.

April 1-3 at 7:30 pm
April 9-10 at 7:30 pm
April 11 at 2 pm

Decision Height contains emotionally impactful incidents and dialogue. For those who may be concerned, content and trigger warnings are available for review. (Before clicking on the link, we would like to inform those who are comfortable letting the play unfold without a warning, this is a spoiler alert.)

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

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/5083004). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.

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Virtual Spotlight Reading Series: fefu and her friends

stage lightsPresented as a script-in-hand Zoom reading, this iconic feminist play by Cuban American playwright María Irene Fornés is a unique environmental theatre event unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Although ostensibly about a group of women who gather to plan a fundraiser, in her play Fornés breaks apart and examines what it means to exist within the bounds of patriarchy, both externally and internally. As the group of women explore their own relationships to these systems and to each other, the rules of realism blur and everything takes on deeper and metaphoric meanings. Much like a cubist painting, this play is an experiment in perception that asks the audience to never take things at face value. Directed by Lauren Brooke Ellis.

April 29 – May 1 at 7:30 pm
May 2 at 2 pm

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

Go to BrownPaperTickets.com (https://bpt.me/5112323). Advanced reservations encouraged as audience capacity is limited.