2016 – 2017 Season
5th Wall Theatre, the award-winning professional theatre dedicated to breaking through boundaries, will open its third season this fall with a comedic examination of gender politics. “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” by Gina Gionfriddo, which was hailed as “one of the top 10 plays of 2012,” kicks off a three-show subscription season in September.
“We are excited to be presenting works by two outstanding female playwrights, as well as a hilarious environmental musical, and to be partnering with the Modlin Center to bring you native son Clay Chapman’s 20th Anniversary Pumpkin Pie Show,” said founder and Artistic Director, Carol Piersol.
In addition to its subscription series, 5th Wall Theatre will partner with The Mighty Pen Project and Richmond Triangle Players to produce seven evenings of M*A*S*H, a benefit for all three non-profit organizations.
The season schedule: Buy Tickets for 2016 - 17 Season
5th Wall Theatre strives to provide insight into our human condition through theatrical expression. Producing four mainstage productions a year, in addition to staged readings, workshops, special events, community partnerships, and classes, 5th Wall is Richmond's newest professional theatre company. The core belief of 5th Wall, founded by Richmond Theatre Legend Carol Piersol and acclaimed actor/directorBilly Christopher Maupin, is that theatre has the power to allow artists and audience members alike to view the world with a different perspective. Join us for an evening to remember.
RUSTBELT:1984 by Damon Arrington
Friday, May 26th, 2017
In theatre, we often see the physical world thrown out of balance. RUSTBELT:1984, written by Damon Arrington and being presented as a staged reading by Fifth Wall Theatre at the historical Hofheimer Building, is no exception. RUSTBELT: 1984 is the first installation in a series of three plays using the visceral world of the theatre to shake up social consciousness regarding water quality and policy. This is not a dry night of statistics, but rather a satirical tale told through theatre, multi-media, music, and dance with the intent to encourage conversation.
RUSTBELT: 1984 centers around a public access TV dance show that was filmed in the heart of America’s defunct industrial heartland in 1984. When the show's MC Willy Wonder (played by Ashton Lee) gets sick from the town's water, Mayor Alberts (Foster Solomon) struggles to manage the fallout. When the mayor's assistant, Shelia Withers (Donna Marie Miller), rises to the role of an unlikely heroine, the EPA (Susan Gardner) steps in to the fray.
Archetypes and anti-heroes wrestle with ideals, policy, community and corruption in this staged reading directed by Carol Piersol. This work hopes to give voice to those in America living with inadequate drinking water, which disrupts a sense of place and shatters communities. Given a voice, recognition could invoke quite a collective pause for artist and audience. We hope to start to create a space for these pauses. Pre-show discussion roots the play in the national and personal context of water contamination; more satire is to follow post-show, when two of Richmond's burlesque starlets (led by Miss Melody Magpie) deliver water inspired performances to transition the environment into a place of conversation and community building... with a blush of debauchery.
RUSTBELT:1984 will be performed at The Hofheimer Building, 2818 W. Broad Street, RVA.
Doors open at 7:00pm, with a pre-show discussion at 7:30, and the staged reading beginning promptly at 8:00pm.
Tickets are $12 General Admission (5th Wall Season Subscribers- $10).
Buy tickets for RUSTBELT:1984 here.