Introducing Blue Ridge Community Theater’s
BLACK BOX THEATER
An intimate new venue for breathtaking performances
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.
At Blue Ridge Community Theater we have talked for years about creating a Black Box space. We had dreamed of a space where we could develop new talent in actors and directors. We dreamt of a space where we could perform a more diverse selection of high quality plays that may not necessarily be a good fit for Main Stage, where productions typically require more mass appeal, as well a longer commitment from our volunteer actors.. We hoped to expand our audience by appealing to theater goers who enjoy a good drama or a more intimate immersive theater experience. These shows will involve smaller casts and less reliance on set design allowing the artists and audience to focus on actors, characters and writing. We still love our main stage and the shows that continue to entertain so many of our Patrons will continue to grow. Black Box allows us to enhance the overall theater experience for more options for all.
We had a successful fund raising project for our Black Box that ended just as the Pandemic struck. We had earmarked the donations for Black Box to sit safely until we were ready to begin work. As blessings sometimes come unexpectedly, the shut down gave us time to focus on the planning and execution of the Black Box Plan which in normal circumstances would be a challenge with our busy schedule. We did not waste a minute preparing the space and thanks to an incredible crew of volunteers we have transformed a special part of out theater into the Blue Ridge Black Box Theater. Our first show, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama, Doubt: A Parable, is written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Mike Dunham.