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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

Recognition Radio
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?

By Brian Quijada
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

Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.
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.”

 

Wilson Stage Fall Re-opening

We hope to return to our traditional theatre space in October 2021, as we bring the final production of the 20/21 subscription season to you live and in-person.

A Christmas Carol Returns

Rochester’s favorite holiday tradition will be back with a full run in November and December. As always, subscribers will have an opportunity to take advantage of discounts if you wish to purchase tickets to this special holiday production.

New Season Begins Jan '22

In early summer, we will be announcing our 49th Season lineup, currently in the planning stages.