Our 2020-2021 season has been artfully devised to provide you with engaging, inclusive and delightful theatre throughout the year – safely.
This past fall, we began the season with Recognition Radio: An Audio Play Festival Celebrating Black Voices – an eclectic, first-of-its-kind endeavor for Geva. These plays were specially adapted for an intimate and immersive listening experience. (Subscribers should note that this series was presented in place of what would have been the first two staged productions in a normal, non-pandemic season.)
From February through the Fall of 2021, Geva plans to offer four productions that will complete the 20-21 subscription package, followed in November and December by the return of Rochester’s favorite holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
All details are subject to change. Watch this space for updates throughout the year.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2020
An Audio Play Festival Celebrating Black Voices
Esther Winter, Creative Producer
Andrew Mark Wilhelm, Sound Engineer
Four plays written and directed by Black artists that amplify a mosaic of Black stories. Specially crafted for an immersive listening experience.
STREAMING FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 7, 2021
Where Did We Sit On the Bus?
Directed by Chay Yew
During a third-grade lesson on the civil rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question.
With pulsing rhythms and original rhymes set to a live-looped soundtrack, Brian Quijada’s electric one man show, filmed live on-stage, is a hip-hop autobiography about falling in love with performance, the power of family, and growing up Latino in a world that categorizes everyone in black and white.
“An explosion of energy, raw emotion, and irresistible storytelling.” – The Chicago Sun Time
MAY 14 – MAY 29, 2021 – Live-streamed in real time, with audience participation
The Real James Bond … Was Dominican
Written & Performed by Christopher Rivas
Developed with & Directed by Daniel Banks
Original Score & Percussion by Wilson R. Torres
Livestream Video Design by ViDCo
Lighting Design by Driscoll Otto
Live Camera Operator/Assistant Director: Laura Bustillos Jáquez
Original Projection Design by Alexandra Kelly Colburn & Kate Freer
Production Stage Management: Katelan Braymer
“A medium dry Vodka Martini, with a slice of lemon peel … Shake it, do not stir it.”
What happens when a James Bond-obsessed Dominican boy in Queens (who won’t go anywhere without his nerf gun), finds out that the real James Bond was Dominican?
This is a true story about Porfirio Rubirosa, Ian Fleming’s primary inspiration for Bond, and a young Dominican actor-to-be whose discovery of “Rubi” shakes his very foundation. Set to a live percussion score, The Real James Bond … Was Dominican is a young man’s guide to love, sex, color, code-switching, white-washing, success, fake-it-till-you-make-it, and the roller coaster of finding one’s true self.
NOTE: This production will follow a regular performance schedule.
AUGUST 3 – SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 (OUTDOOR STAGE)
Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash
Conceived by William Meade
Directed by Mark Cuddy
Take a crowd-pleasing ride through Johnny Cash’s gritty life story with this rowdy jukebox musical.
A multi-talented cast pays homage to the legendary Man in Black with more than two-dozen Cash classics, including “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I’ve Been Everywhere,” and of course, “Ring of Fire.”