The Writers in Our Backyard

This week, the annual 2 Pages/2 Voices event took place at Writers & Books. 2 Pages/2 Voices is collaboration between Geva Theatre Center and Writers & Books, Rochester’s literary center. Every year we accept submissions of plays that are only two pages long and only have two characters. We select ten of them, and, during … Continue reading The Writers in Our Backyard

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Dickens’ Crusade for Christmas Dinner

Did Charles Dickens invent Christmas Dinner? According to a Guardian article by Pen Vogler, who is also the author of Dinner with Dickens, not only did Dickens' A Christmas Carol popularize the Christmas Feast, but his writing also addressed an inequality in the distribution of good food. "Dickens’s most abiding influence is his conviction that everybody has the right … Continue reading Dickens’ Crusade for Christmas Dinner

Girl Groups and the Wonderettes

  When the Wonderettes step onstage in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns, they join the rich tradition of female recording artists dating to the 1950’s and 60’s, a phenomenon knowns as the “girl group.” While the individual women singing in these groups were frequently seen by producers as interchangeable, during these decades women began … Continue reading Girl Groups and the Wonderettes

Bah, Humbug!

If you're like me, the lack of snow on the ground and this week's warm temperatures haven't quite put you in the holiday spirit. To counteract Mother Nature's refusal to provide us with the appropriate weather, I'm spending my time today thinking about Geva's production of A Christmas Carol. (I know, I know, I'm tempting … Continue reading Bah, Humbug!

100 Years of Woman Suffrage – Day 4: Floating Fight for Equality

Votes for Women! Throughout the week, we have been celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State on Geva Journal. With The Agitators onstage at Geva until November 12, Susan B. Anthony, our own hometown hero in the fight for women’s suffrage, is on our minds. We are proud to devote Day 4 of this … Continue reading 100 Years of Woman Suffrage – Day 4: Floating Fight for Equality

Meet IN THE HEIGHTS Choreographer Julio Agustin

Choreographer Julio Agustin joins Geva Theatre Center for our first production of the 2017-2018 season, In the Heights! Julio has performed on Broadway in some excellent shows you may be familiar with - including Chicago and the revival of Bells Are Ringing, in addition to appearing in the original Broadway companies of Fosse, Never Gonna Dance, Steel Pier, and Women on … Continue reading Meet IN THE HEIGHTS Choreographer Julio Agustin

Fellow Stars of the ‘50s, Part 3–“Original Rock Legends”

Welcome to “Original Rock Legends!” To celebrate Geva’s final show this season, the hit musical Million Dollar Quartet directed by Hunter Foster, I’m taking you through a musical journey, uncovering the history behind the songs featured in Million Dollar Quartet. This week, we’re exploring rock music legends who are not part of the Million Dollar … Continue reading Fellow Stars of the ‘50s, Part 3–“Original Rock Legends”