Introducing Blue Ridge Community Theater’s

BLACK BOX THEATER

An intimate new venue for breathtaking performances

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Blue Ridge Community Theater proudly offers a new Theater Experience that we are so excited to announce to our Patrons: Black Box Theater. We have created a more intimate environment to offer our patrons seeking a serious theater experience in a small immersive setting. With an emphasis on writing and acting, we will bring you shows that are not only critically acclaimed and award-winning, but also provide challenges for our actors seeking more complex and ‘meatier’ shows than the comedies we typically present on the Main Stage. Seating is currently limited and shows only run for three performances, so we strongly encourage buying tickets in advance.

What is Black Box Theater?

As an art form, Black Box Theatre serves a greater purpose of connecting the audience to the performers in a purposeful and uninterrupted way. Black Box Theaters have been popular since the 1920’s, and they can offer the ability to easily transform a scene through flexible staging and an intimate closeness to the performers that allows for a greater sense of immersion. In its most basic description, a Black Box Theatre is a simple, open space consisting of four walls, a floor, and a ceiling that are typically painted black.

Doubt: A Parable

Written by: John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Mike Dunham
Rated PG-13 for Mature Themes

Show: May 20 – 23

The year is 1964, and the stern nun Sister Aloysius, based upon a few circumstantial details and a lot of intuition, believes that one of the priests at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church and school has been molesting a 12-year-old boy named Donald Muller, the school’s only African-American student. Sister Aloysius recruits a young, naive nun (Sister James) to assist her in monitoring the suspicious yet charismatic Father Flynn. The play concludes with a one-on-one confrontation between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn as she attempts to get the truth out of the priest.

 

Reviews

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play

All the elements come invigoratingly together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley’s provocative new play, DOUBT, a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. Something rare for this season: a laudable new American play.” —Variety

“An eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery, tightly written.” —Time Out NY

 

Cast

Father Flynn – Gary Collier

Sister Aloysius – Sharon Young

Sister James – Stephanie Smith

Mrs. Muller – Venae Ellis

Old Times

Written by Harold Pinter
Directed by Michael Berkman

Audition Dates: April 12 & 13
Show: September 24 – 26
Cast: 3 (2F, 1M)

When Deeley and his wife Kate meet up with Anna, an old friend of Kate’s. Anna strolls down memory lane with memories of concerts and bohemian haunts the two women shared while living together in London. When the memories prove to be a tool to vie for Kate’s attention, Deeley also begins to bring up stories that are almost too clear to be true. However it’s Kate’s memory that gives the play it’s shocking conclusion.

Love & Death by Poe

Adapted & Directed by Kathy Ryan-Forez

Audition Dates: August 23 & 24
Show: October 29 – 31
Cast: TBA

As the deadly plague known as the ‘Red Death’ rages outside the towering stone walls, Prince Prospero and the social elite of his time hide away from the rest of the world and await the passing of the plague by reveling in wine, debauchery, and haunting tales of terror & woe. Featuring some of Poe’s well-known stories, this menagerie of frightful yarns weave together a story of greed, selfishness, and elitism as they hide away from a world rocked by a inescapable death.