Programs for Everyone


A lively and informative half-hour talk is given prior to every performance of each Wilson season production. A member of the cast or Geva’s artistic staff shares background on the play’s origins and context, as well as the creative process that shaped the production. Prologue is free of charge and begins one hour prior to curtain. An abbreviated Prologue is given 30 minutes prior to curtain on Opening Night (first Saturday at 8pm) performances.


Want to talk about the play you just saw? Curious about how the artists approach their work? Sunday Salon is an informal opportunity for audience members to ask and answer questions with cast members in the production. Sunday Salon is held immediately following the second and fourth Sunday 2:00 p.m. matinee performances of Wilson Stage productions in Geva’s subscription series. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Please note that this program is not offered for A Christmas Carol or Summer Series productions.

Sunday Salon Dates will be announced shortly.


Ever wonder, “How does Geva do it?” Take a free of charge and open to the public, no reservations required, self-guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre during Geva’s annual open house. Explore our building, the stage and set for Hard Cell, and meet artists from each department to understand the many roles that combine to create the magic you see in Geva’s productions.

Magic in the Making will take place on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 4-7pm. 

For more information, visit the Magic in the Making events page here.


“Because I am a white woman, I’ve never walked in the shoes of a black man, or an Asian person, or a Jewish person. But through the theatre I can experience that in some fashion – maybe not the same way, maybe not identically – but I CAN experience it, and through those experiences I can change. I think it’s so important that we have theatre that allows us to walk in someone else’s shoes.”
-Retired Judge Marilyn O’Connor, following the Hornets’ Nest of The Sandreckoner

Geva’s Hornets’ Nest Series presents readings of contemporary plays investigating some of the most challenging and controversial ethical dilemmas of our time. Galvanizing post-play discussions are led by key experts and instigators from the Rochester community.

This project was born of our passion for open and free dialogue. It is essential to us that access to this forum – if it is to be a true community dialogue – remain free and open to all.

Have a suggestion for a possible Hornets’ Nest play, or a topic that you’d like to talk about? Let us know what you’re thinking by emailing us at Please include Hornets’ Nest in your subject line.

The Hornets’ Nest Dates for the 2020-2021 Season will announced soon.


How to Get Your Tickets for The Hornets’ Nest

All Hornets’ Nest readings are held in Geva’s Fielding Stage. Tickets are free and limited to two per person. Reservations are highly recommended – many events sell out! Reserve online or call the Box Office at (585) 232-4382.

Leadership support for the Hornet’s Nest is provided by Jack and Barbara Kraushaar, The Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The New York State Council for the Humanities. 




A 1.5 hour guided behind-the-scenes tour of our facility illuminates the process of bringing plays to life, so come visit our rehearsal hall, the workshops where props and costumes are constructed, dressing rooms, backstage areas, and – oh yes! – come stand on our stage!

How to Schedule a Theatre Tour

Due to the large number of events which take place in our building, tours will be scheduled subject to availability, and we recommend requesting a tour at least two weeks before the date you wish to visit the theatre. There is suggested donation of $25 per tour; this fee is waived for groups with limited resources.

To arrange a tour, please contact Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at (585) 420-2058 or email