2020-2021 Season – Renew Your Subscription Now!

Your 2020-2021 Geva Theatre Center Season

In the midst of so much change and uncertainty, we’re proudly looking forward to our next season, chock full of bright spots sparked by hope, laughter, and music.

From air guitar to country guitar – from Kabul Afghanistan to the Caribbean islands – these stories will transport you to places near and far. It will be everything you’ve come to expect from Geva Theatre Center and more.

Special thanks to our season sponsor, ESL Federal Credit Union, and our Honorary Season Producer, Dr. Dawn Lipson.

To renew or subscribe, call the Geva Box Office at 585-232-4382.

 

 Airness

“What does air guitar teach? Everything we need to rock is already inside us.” 

When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be a breeze. When she meets up with a group of loveable air-guitar nerds, each hell-bent on becoming the next champion, she learns there is more to this fringe hobby than meets the eye. As Nina gets drawn deeper into the scene, she discovers what achieving “airness” really means.

By Chelsea Marcantel     Directed by Skip Greer

 September 1 – October 4, 2020    Wilson Stage

 

 

 

 

MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN

“This is a story about a spark— the spark that creates light. A spark that leads to Life.”

On a dark and stormy night, Mary Shelley weaves a tale of horror, power and experimentation as she takes her friends (Percy Shelley and Lord Byron among them), on an eerie journey they will never forget. Told from the perspective of the fascinating, radical woman who created Frankenstein, this unique and highly immersive retelling of the gothic novel offers an exciting new take on the classic horror story.

By David Caitlin    Directed by Mark Cuddy

October 14 – November 15, 2020    Wilson Stage

 

 

 

 

The Chinese Lady

“It is human nature to be curious. Curiosity is evolution. You want to look at me. You want to understand more about the world.” 

In 1834, a young Chinese girl is brought to the United States from Beijing, put on display for the American public and billed as “The Chinese Lady.” For over 45 years, she is toured around the US as a side-show act, accompanied by the man who knew her best. In this piercing, poetic tale, based on the true story of Afong Moy, playwright Lloyd Suh examines the impacts of the white gaze and explores the mystery surrounding Moy’s later years.

By Lloyd Suh    A production of the Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca

October 28 – November 15, 2020    Fielding Stage

 

 

 

Yoga Play

“Here at Jojomon, when we share our goals we improve ourselves.” 

Corporate yoga giant Jojomon is at the pinnacle of its game when a scandal sends the company into freefall. Joan, the newly hired CEO, risks everything on a wild plan to recover the company’s earnings and reputation. Yoga Play is a provocative new comedy about confronting cultural appropriation and searching for authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

By Dipika Guha    Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

A Co-production with Pittsburgh Public Theater

January 19 – February 14, 2021    Wilson Stage

 

 

 

THE REAL JAMES BOND … WAS DOMINICAN
A story about the real James Bond, Porfirio Rubirosa

“A medium dry Vodka Martini, with a slice of lemon peel … Shake it, do not stir it.” 

A charming true story – but not one you’ve seen – about Porfirio Rubirosa, international playboy, man of mystery, and the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s iconic James Bond character. Eight-year-old Christopher Rivas, a Dominican boy from Queens, is obsessed with James Bond. When he finds out the inspiration behind his hero was also Dominican, his world is rocked to the core. Written and performed by Christopher Rivas, The Real James Bond … is an enthralling and highly personal story of one young man’s guide to love, success, and re-claiming your identity.

Created by Christopher Rivas     Directed by Daniel Banks

January 27 – February 14, 2021    Fielding Stage

 

 

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

“Once on this island, the Gods sent a storm. But out of that terrible storm, came a story …”

This rousing, timeless story of love tells the tale of Ti Moune, a gutsy peasant girl searching for her purpose in the world. After a chance encounter with a wealthy boy, Daniel, Ti Moune becomes certain that he is her destiny. Encouraged by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune must overcome the dangers of the island as she sets out to break down the walls that separate her from love. Filled with vibrant song and dance, Once on This Island earned eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Book and Score for its original 1990 production, and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2018.

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens     Music by Stephen Flaherty

Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III      A Co-production with Syracuse Stage

February 23 – March 28, 2021    Wilson Stage

 

 

Selling Kabul

“My stupid brother. If you step outside that door, you murder your child. You murder your wife. You murder my husband. You murder me.” 

In this thriller set in 2013, we meet Taroon, who once served as an interpreter for the American military in exchange for a promise of safety. Now, he spends his days hiding in his sister’s Kabul apartment, targeted by the Taliban. As he anxiously awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth, his family works to protect him from the dangers lurking just outside their apartment walls.

By Sylvia Khoury

April 6 – May 2, 2021    Wilson Stage

 

 

 

WE SWIM, WE TALK, WE GO TO WAR

“You gonna come save us, is that what you’re gonna do? Liberate us? Destabilize us, and pat yourselves on the back?”

In the choppy waters of the Pacific Ocean, an Arab-American woman and her nephew navigate what it means to love your family, even when your politics and priorities threaten to get in the way. At once playful and thought-provoking, We Swim … is an exhilarating theatrical exploration of identity and storytelling.

By Mona Mansour    Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

April 21 – May 9, 2021    Fielding Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

“I fell in to a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher”

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.”

Created by Richard Maltby, Jr.    Conceived by William Meade

May 12 – June 13, 2021    Wilson Stage

 

 

Special Productions and Events

KEYBANK ROCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL

On the Fielding Stage

September 15-26, 2020

The Fielding Stage will once again be a venue for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, hosting a wide variety of performances.

 

FESTIVAL OF NEW THEATRE

On the Fielding Stage

October 2020

A two-week showcase of new plays and projects that are currently in Geva’s developmental process. More than 330 full-length or short works have received readings and/or workshops as part of Geva’s new play development programs, and more than 65 have had subsequent productions around the country and the globe.

  

Rochester’s Holiday Tradition – The KeyBank production of

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Mark Cuddy     Music and Lyrics by Gregg Coffin     Directed by Mark Cuddy

On the Wilson Stage

November 25 – December 27, 2020

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts who remind him who he was and what he might yet become. He learns the true meaning of the season and that it’s never too late to make a new start. The famous tale of redemption for the most despised man in London will awaken your heart and rekindle your spirit in this critically acclaimed adaptation. Recommended for the entire family! (Please remember that children under five are not permitted in the theatre.) *Note: Not a part of the ESL Wilson Stage subscription series.

 

See Them All! A Theatre Lovers Dream

9-Show Package

(6-Show Wilson Stage Season + 3-Show Fielding Stage Season)

Package Description: Receive a ticket to each fantastic show on both stages (Wilson Stage Series and Fielding Studio Series) and keep the same great seats for every performance. With each years’ many sold-out performances, it is the only way to guarantee you never miss a show. Any you may just be surprised to find the show you were least interested in seeing becomes your favorite of the season. Concerned about locking in dates so far in advance? Check out our free ticket exchange policy for seated subscribers and our missed performance insurance.

Free Ticket Exchange: As a Seated Subscriber, you can exchange your tickets for different seats or a different performance as many times as you like – right up until noon of the day you intended to attend. All you have to do is call the Box Office, let us know you are a subscriber, give us your account number and the night you wish to attend, and we will handle the rest. Let us know if you want us to hold the new tickets for you at the Box Office, or we will happily mail the new tickets to you. There may be an additional charge if tickets are exchanged into a higher priced performance or seating section. Purchasing a full season has its perks, and free unlimited exchanges are just one of your perks!.

Missed-Performance Insurance: Forgot your tickets were for last night?  Seated Subscribers can bring unused tickets to any remaining performance of the missed show starting two hours prior to curtain, and we will issue you courtesy tickets for the best available seats to that night’s performance. Even better – call us ahead of your visit to check which performance best fits your seating needs. We know you have a busy life so as a Season Subscriber we will strive to make certain your visit to Geva best fits within your lifestyle – and at no additional charge! Your loyalty has earned you this benefit!

Free Coupons and Discounts: As a Seated Subscriber, you receive Geva’s Subscriber Guide packed with ways to save you money on your special evening at the theatre. Geva wants your evening out to be both entertaining AND affordable. We work to create partnerships with area businesses and pass on the benefits of those relationships to you, our loyal Subscriber. This is one way Geva is able to reward you for your patronage!

Priority Notices: Geva is a happening place! As a   Seated Subscriber, you receive priority notice on everything that goes on Geva. Want to know when the next Hornets’ Nest is scheduled? We’ll let you know first AND you can reserve your seats before anyone else even knows the event is happening. Looking for the best seats for  A Christmas Carol or other non-subscription productions?  We’ll not only tell you which show we’re presenting before the general public, we’ll also give you advance discounts and the first opportunity to get the best seats. Your Subscription allows you first choice to all that Geva has to offer!

Discount Offers: Students and seniors, are you living on a budget? Geva understands and is happy to offer reduced-price Subscriptions to seniors and students. We also offer a discount subscription to teachers and veterans! Call the Box Office for details on these offerings and let us help you to continue seeing great theatre on a budget.

Performance Reminders: Provide your email address, and we will send you an email a few days prior to your performance with information on parking, café specials, background on the production, and more!

 

Our Most Popular Package – Wilson Stage Season

6-Show Seated Package

Package Description: Receive a ticket to each fantastic show in the Wilson and keep the same great seats for every performance. With each years’ many sold-out performances, it is the only way to guarantee you never miss a show.  Any you may just be surprised to find the show you were least interested in seeing becomes your favorite of the season.   Concerned about locking in dates so far in advance?  Check out our free ticket exchange policy for seated subscribers and our missed performance insurance.

Free Ticket Exchange: As a Seated Subscriber, you can exchange your tickets for different seats or a different performance as many times as you like – right up until noon of the day you intended to attend. All you have to do is call the Box Office, let us know you are a subscriber, give us your account number and the night you wish to attend, and we will handle the rest. Let us know if you want us to hold the new tickets for you at the Box Office, or we will happily mail the new tickets to you. There may be an additional charge if tickets are exchanged into a higher priced performance or seating section. Purchasing a full season has its perks, and free unlimited exchanges are just one of your perks!.

Missed-Performance Insurance: Forgot  your tickets were for last night?  Seated Subscribers can bring unused tickets to any remaining performance of the missed show starting two hours prior to curtain, and we will issue you courtesy tickets for the best available seats to that night’s performance. Even better – call us ahead of your visit to check which performance best fits your seating needs. We know you have a busy life so as a Season Subscriber we will strive to make certain your visit to Geva best fits within your lifestyle – and at no additional charge! Your loyalty has earned you this benefit!

Free Coupons and Discounts: As a Seated Subscriber, you receive Geva’s Subscriber Guide packed with ways to save you money on your special evening at the theatre. Geva wants your evening out to be both entertaining AND affordable. We work to create partnerships with area businesses and pass on the benefits of those relationships to you, our loyal Subscriber. This is one way Geva is able to reward you for your patronage!

Priority Notices: Geva is a happening place! As a   Seated Subscriber, you receive priority notice on everything that goes on Geva. Want to know when the next Hornets’ Nest is scheduled? We’ll let you know first AND you can reserve your seats before anyone else even knows the event is happening. Looking for the best seats for  A Christmas Carol or other non-subscription productions?  We’ll not only tell you which show we’re presenting before the general public, we’ll also give you advance discounts and the first opportunity to get the best seats. Your Subscription allows you first choice to all that Geva has to offer!

Discount Offers: Student and seniors, are you living on a budget? Geva understands and is happy to offer reduced price Subscriptions to seniors and students. We also offer a discount subscription to teachers and veterans! Call the Box Office for details on these offerings and let us help you to continue seeing great theatre on a budget.

Performance Reminders: Provide your email address, and we will send you an email a few days prior to your performance with information on parking, café specials, background on the production, and more!

 

 

Fielding Stage Season

3-Show Seated Package

Package Description: Receive a ticket to each fantastic show in the 3-Show Fielding Stage Season and keep the same great seats for every performance. You’ll never again regret missing a show you really wanted to see. The Fielding Stage Season is a collection of contemporary plays by some of America’s hottest writers.

Designed to Surprise and Delight: A complement to the dazzling productions of size and scale in the Wilson Stage Season, the focus of the Fielding Studio Series is on actors and playwrights. The plays, with their emphasis on character and story, provide patrons with a very personal and stimulating experience unique to this venue.

Great Storytelling by Great Artists: The intimacy of the Fielding allows audiences an opportunity to feel a part of great storytelling by great artists. These playwrights have crafted tales that will draw audiences in to unique worlds inhabited by three-dimensional characters.

Something for Everyone: Each play of the Fielding Stage Season offers something unique – music, comedy and drama.

Fielding Stage subscribers enjoy all the same great benefits as Wilson Stage subscribers.

 

Mix and Match

Flex Tickets Package

Package Description: Mix and match with six ticket vouchers you can use in any combination for the best available seats (including Prime seats) for any Geva production, including A Christmas Carol – no day restrictions or upgrade charges. Seats can be reserved beginning August 1st. Includes one free exchange. Create your own custom season.

Price Savings: You are certainly a Subscriber who expects ease of use while also being budget conscious! Your Flex Tix Subscription allows you up to a 30% savings off the regular ticket price at Geva. When you decide to see a show, a simple call to our Box Office guarantees you the best available seat for that performance. If you have a favorite seat, we’ll even tell you if that seat is available or when the nearest performance will occur when your favorite seat IS available. Your subscription commitment gets you preferred treatment.

Free Ticket Exchange: As a Flex Ticket Subscriber you get one free ticket exchange to change your performance or seating location. Knowing that you have many places to be, with one simple call to our Box Office you can change your performance time to one performance, or even move your seat to a different part of the theatre to create a new experience for you and your guest. This one free exchange will be handled quickly and efficiently when you call our Box Office by noon on the day of the performance.

Discount Offers: Helping you manage your money is important to Geva. We understand the need to be thrifty and are proud to offer reduced price Flex Subscriptions to seniors, educators and veterans. Call the Box Office for details on these offerings and let us help you to continue seeing great theatre on a budget.

Free Coupons and Discounts: As a Flex Tix Subscriber, you receive Geva’s Subscriber Guide packed with ways to save you money on your special evening at the theatre. Geva wants your evening out to be both entertaining AND affordable. We work to create partnerships with area businesses and pass on the benefits of those relationships to you, our loyal Subscriber. This is one way Geva is able to reward you for your patronage!

Performance Reminders: Provide your email address and we will send you an email a few days prior to your performance with information on parking, café specials, background on the production, and more!