Announcing Geva’s 2022-2023 P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee Series

For information and tickets, contact Associate Director of Education, Lara Rhyner, at 585-420-2058 or

Jane Eyre

September 22 & September 29, at 10:30am

By Charlotte Brontë
Adapted & Directed by Elizabeth Williamson

Charlotte Brontë’s revolutionary novel, adapted by Geva’s new Artistic Director, Elizabeth Williamson, is a Gothic story of resilience in which a penniless orphan is determined to create a fulfilling life for herself. Jane is hired as a governess and falls passionately in love with her brooding employer, only to uncover that he – and his home – are surrounded by dark secrets. When the secrets are revealed, how will Jane preserve her chances for happiness?

Topics for Exploration: Charlotte Brontë • Gothic literature • Class, gender expectations in the Victorian Era • Nature, the supernatural, and spirituality • Feminism and social betterment • Love and autonomy • Home and belonging

Recommended for grades 7-12

Reservations for Jane Eyre student matinees begin Tuesday, May 31, 2022


(1 free chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased)

Tickets can be reserved by contacting Associate Director of Education Lara Rhyner at or 585-420-2058. Due to the proximity of Jane Eyre student matinees to the start of the school year, it is highly recommend that educators book their tickets and handle any necessary approvals/permissions and transportation/funding requests before the end of the school year.

Other 2022-2023 Matinees (Reservations begin August 15):


November 3 and November 10, at 10:30am

By Matthew López
Directed by Zi Alikhan

It’s 1959, West Side Story has taken Broadway by storm, and the young Candelaria siblings dream of glamorous careers in show business. When the opportunity arises for this talented Puerto Rican family to audition for roles in West Side Story itself, all their dreams seem poised to come true – until a neighborhood-wide eviction abruptly threatens everything they have worked for. From Tony Award-Winner Matthew López.

Recommended for grades 7-12

A Christmas Carol

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21, at 10:30am

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Mark Cuddy

This classic tale of the redemption of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the most despised man in London, will awaken the heart and rekindle the spirit in Geva’s critically acclaimed adaptation.

Recommended for ages 5 and up

Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show

February 2 and February 9, at 10:30am

Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz
Directed & Choreographed by Jeffrey L. Page
Co-production with Barrington Stage

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a vibrant tribute to jazz pioneer Fats Waller’s extraordinary career. This new production from Beyoncé choreographer Jeffrey L. Page reveals the masks Fats Waller and his musicians assumed while performing for white audiences – as they created the music of a new era. Featuring classics from the Harlem Renaissance such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Your Feet’s Too Big” and “T’Aint Nobody’s Business if I Do”

Recommended for grades 7-12

And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears

April 11, April 13, and April 18, at 10:30am

Written & performed by DeLanna Studi
Directed by Corey Madden

DeLanna Studi, Cherokee performance artist, shares her powerful dramatic memoir And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears. She recounts the experience of embarking on the 900-mile journey with her father, retracing the path her great-great grandparents took in the 1830s.

Recommended for grades 7-12


All student matinees tickets are $20/ticket (1 free chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased). Jane Eyre goes on sale May 31, 2022. All other Student Matinee performances, including A Christmas Carol, go on sale on August 15, 2022. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Lara Rhyner at or 585-420-2058.

Passport Program:

If you are an RCSD teacher interested in attending a performance with your students, contact Lara Rhyner, at or 585-420-2058 to inquire about the possibility of free tickets through the Passport Program.

Special thanks to these generous supporters of Geva’s Education Program:

Max Adler Charitable Trust

Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust

Cornell Weinstein Family Foundation

Donald F. & Maxine B. Davison Foundation

ESL Charitable Foundation

Joan & Harold Feinbloom Supporting Foundation
at Rochester Area Community Foundation

Richard & Joan Fenton

Dr. Tomás C. Hernandez & Dr. Keith S. Reas

Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation

William & Sheila Konar Foundation

Kathleen & Alfred Laitenberger

Guido & Ellen Palma Foundation

Eric & Elizabeth Rennert

Rubens Family Foundation

Joseph & Irene Skalny Charitable Trust

Fred & Floy Wilmott Foundation