An Inside Look at the Making of REVIVAL with Playwright & Director Keith Glover

REVIVAL The Resurrection of Son House has been in the works here at Geva for almost five years now. This electric story about a man’s journey to redemption through heavenly trials and singing the Blues has come a long, ever-evolving, loop-de-looping way from the script it started out as. In the scant free time between … Continue reading An Inside Look at the Making of REVIVAL with Playwright & Director Keith Glover

SMACK TALK

Perhaps unbeknownst to some viewers, The Royale by award-winning writer Marco Ramirez is based on two real-life fighters and a real-life bout that happened in 1910—one that has since gone down in history as the “Fight of the Century.” African American fighter Jack Johnson’s defeat of Canadian Tommy Burns was an affront to turn-of-the-century Jim … Continue reading SMACK TALK

Rolling with the Punches in Marco Ramirez’s ROYALE

The Royale, a play by award-winning Sons of Anarchy and Orange is the New Black writer Marco Ramirez, hits our Fielding stage April 11th and boy does it pack a punch. (Yes, prepare for the boxing puns.) Ramirez has set The Royale’s stage between 1905 and 1910. By the prime of his pugilist-protagonist Jay Jackson’s … Continue reading Rolling with the Punches in Marco Ramirez’s ROYALE

“This complexity is what makes us all…American.”

As Native Gardens heads into its second week on the Wilson stage, it has me thinking a lot about neighborly controversy. Part of the reason the contention between the Butleys and Del Valles is so ridiculous is because they actually agree on a lot of things. First off, no one is denying that the Del … Continue reading “This complexity is what makes us all…American.”

“Believe it or not…people can get very weird about their plants.”

Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens hits Geva’s Wilson Stage March 26th. In this brilliant backyard comedy, a little squabble over square-footage turns into an all out turf war as a quartet of people from completely different corners of the country come together as next door neighbors, and inevitably clash in their attempt to clean up their … Continue reading “Believe it or not…people can get very weird about their plants.”

Geva Welcomes Back Pam Sherman

Margaret and Allison Engle’s Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End returns to Geva Theatre’s Fielding stage in T-minus one week, and we couldn’t be more excited. Back to reprise the show’s starring role is Rochester’s very own “Suburban Outlaw” Pam Sherman, columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle by day, sidesplitting iron-board guru by night. You may … Continue reading Geva Welcomes Back Pam Sherman

Step into the Artistic Process

Intellectually, we know that there is a process to creativity: it takes time and a fair amount of trial and error to create something new. It’s a rare thing, however, to witness creation firsthand. Geva Theatre Center’s annual Festival of New Theatre (FONT), (October 30 through Dec. 2) is an opportunity to do just that.