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Upcoming Performances

Norfolk Fringe

Norfolk Fringe

Downtown Norfolk

May 23-June 4

Give your heart, your soul, and your funny bone a staycation this Memorial Day weekend with the Virginia Arts Festival’s Norfolk Fringe!

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Play Me I'm Yours

Play Me I'm Yours

May 23 to June 4 2017

Various locations throughout Norfolk

Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. More than 1,500 pianos have now been installed in 50 cities across the globe, from Birmingham to Boston, bearing the simple invitation Play Me, I’m Yours. The project has already reached more than ten million people worldwide.

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KEPT: a ghost story

KEPT: a ghost story

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 7:30PM

SUNDAY, MAY 28, 3:00PM

Attucks Theatre, Norfolk

Be among the first to hear this new opera! The Festival’s John Duffy Institute for New Opera seeks and supports the work of opera composer and librettist teams, providing mentors and shepherding new works to the stage. This spring, one of those carefully tended nestlings will fly, with the world premiere of Kept — the 19th-century story of a wild young woman, the lighthouse keeper she marries, and the dark secrets they share. Kept marks the first operatic collaboration between composer Kristin Kuster and poet Megan Levad, whose haunting score and vivid poetry illuminate the hearts of these ill-fated lovers.

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Reduced Shakespeare Company

Reduced Shakespeare Company

MAY 26-28

Well Theatre

Welcome back the troupe that’s been skewering Shakespeare and other assorted subjects for decades, as they stage the Bard’s “first play,” discovered in a parking lot and, at 3,000 pages, too long to stage in its entirety. So the “bad boys of abridgement,” as “the other RSC” has come to be known, have whittled the imaginary masterpiece down to a breakneck 90 minutes of hilarity. A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, the show is “A romp of epic proportions…bright, fast, outrageous fun!” (Edinburgh Guide).

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Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

SATURDAY, May 27th, 8:00PM

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

This 13-year-old phenom has caught fire in jazz circles and beyond in recent months, with television appearances on Today and 60 Minutes, the cover of DownBeat and features The New York Times and People magazine. He began playing at the age of 5, picking out Thelonius Monk tunes on an electric keyboard. At 9, he won a major international competition, and by 11 he was playing the major jazz festivals including Newport and Monterey. His second album garnered two Grammy® nominations — making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated. His mentor, Wynton Marsalis says: “I love everything about his playing — his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” Don’t miss this chance to hear this exciting young artist!

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