It’s opening night at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton and there are many plays being performed. William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” begins the fall season, opening on September 16. While the play depicts the story of the “hero-king,” it has been called an “exploration of the nature of greatness and its connection to theatre.” An Elizabethan play is opening this month at the Blackfriars as well. “Tamburlaine The Great” by Christopher Marlowe will be opening September 22. A “premiere” at the theater, “Tamburlaine The Great,” tells of “a shepherd [who] conquers kingdoms in an attempt to satisfy his unquenchable ambition and prove himself worthy of the beauty he loves.” For ticket information on both plays, go to www.americanshakespearecenter.com
“A pound of flesh” is demanded at the Renaissance Theater in Lynchburg because Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” will be closing within days. With a tale that will relate to all who have ever had problems with money, a merchant tries to fight off a greedy moneylender out for blood, literally. Directed by our own Dr. William Kershner, final performances are September 15, 16, and 17. Get the tickets while they’re still available at www.renaissancetheatre.info
Beginning on September 23, the Amherst County High School’s theater launches their season with an “Improv Nite” in their lecture hall. Volleyball and Football also pick up for the Lancers with plenty of away games. The volleyball team will play two away games at Rustburg on September 15 and Jefferson Forrest on September 22, and two home games on September 20 against Brookville and EC Glass on September 27. Football will be challenging Northside on September 26 off home territory. For game times go to http://achs.amherst.k12.va.us/?q=node/8. Go Lancers!
Also in Amherst will be the return of Land Jam. From 3-7 p.m. on September 18, Lazy Days Winery will host the Central Virginia Land Conservancy’s event. Live folk, bluegrass, and light rock music will be performed by The Mackenzies and The Bellwater States. Tickets are $25 at the door and $20 in advance. Children under 12 are free. For more information go to www.CVALC.org or call (434) 942-4320.
Every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 at the Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg there will be a Prose and Poetry Reading. Free and open to the public, the upcoming reading on September 15 will feature readings from author Kirk Nesset. “Come celebrate the spoken & written word at this casual event,” says The Riverviews Artspace.
Mat Kearney will be playing in Virginia, but only for one day. Performing on September 20, Kearney’s tour will settle in Charlottesville for a one-night engagement at the Jefferson Theater. With hits performed on such shows like Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS, this is not something to pass up. Go to www.jeffersontheater.com/mat-kearney for ticket sales.
Another one night only event is happening at Hollins University. The American Shakespeare Center will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on September 20 at 7:30 p.m. While this is free for all Hollins students, faculty, and staff, there are limited tickets for the general public. These tickets start at $10, so you’d better get them while they’re still hot!
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