Songwriters Live at the Z! with Bill Gurley

last Songwriters show of the season

June 17, 2017

Bill Gurley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter from the Northern Neck of Virginia. Best known initially as a member of ground breaking bands such as The New Morning String Band and Bottle Hill. He also partnered with guitarist Stephen Bennett for many memorable concerts and recordings. His association with Stephen lead to an introduction to jazz bassist Jimmy Masters, a musical collaboration that continues to this day.

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

After Orlando: Stories of Los 49

CONCEIVED BY THE MISSING BOLTS PRODUCTION COMPany

June 09, 2017 to June 10, 2017

Artists from across Hampton Roads come together to remember the lives of those that were lost on June 12, 2016 with the production After Orlando: Stories of Los 49. Join these talented artist as the emotions and feelings of activists, writers, survivors, and more are encapsulated in 16 short plays written by famous playwrights such as Neil Labute to Amina Henry.
Directed by Connor Norton, Kat Martin, Ricardo Melendez, and Lindsay Eure with music by Jake Hull…this performance processes to be as cathartic as it does inspiring for activists, allies, and community members alike. Five dollars of all tickets will be donated to Access AIDS Care and The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads, while the rest will be donated to The Orange Ave Project.
 
Special Silent Auction and Raffle will be available at 6PM on Friday, June 9th.
 
For more information on The Orange Ave Project, visit www.orangeaveproject.org

 

THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT:

The Governor’s School for the Arts Dalis Black Box Theatre
254 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23510

Jason Kypros vs The Industrial Revolution

ONE MAN SHOW!

June 02, 2017 to June 04, 2017

In this one person show, Jason Kypros takes an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most major influences on our society today. The Industrial Revolution has shaped how we live as well as who we are, both in this country and abroad. Jason’s unique approach to storytelling utilizes History, Philosophy as well as his own personal life experiences to create an enlightening evening that will have you laughing as well as thinking.

I’ll Huff & I’ll Puff: The Absolutely True Story of the Big Bad Wolf

Family Show

May 27, 2017

You think you know the story. Pigs. Houses. Red Cloaks. Taking baskets to Grandma’s house. But you’ve never heard the real story – until now!
Boss Beulah Bell (a proper Southern pig) is in charge of a little patch of countryside in the Fairytale Woods. But for Beulah, being the star of The Three Little Pigs isn’t enough. With the help of her dimwitted daughter Petaline and a well-intentioned want-ad Wolf, she plans to alter all the fairytales beyond repair.
With the help of the audience, Petaline Prunella Pig and Wyoming Wolf (a.k.a. The Big Bad) vie to stop Beulah in her quest to change the fairytales as we know them into new works, such as “The Little Pig-maid”, “Pig-nocchio”, and “Snow Pig and the Seven Dwarves”.
An engaging and interactive production that will entertain the youngest audience members, the seasoned theatre-goers, and everyone in between!

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

Plan B Defends Their Thesis

with Plan B Comedy

May 27, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

May 25, 2017

Dust of your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Jazz Club at the Z

with Eddie Williams

May 21, 2017

Craving good music or just a great way to end the weekend on a high note? Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of all things jazz. Eddie welcomes such great guest musicians from the area for an evening of great music and inviting atmosphere. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of jazz.

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

May 17, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

To Mama, With Love

Spring Cabaret Showcase

May 14, 2017

Our cabaret showcase returns with this Mother’s Day matinee. Up-and-coming performers join together to take turns on the small stage in tribute to mothers the world over. This jewel of a show is the perfect centerpiece of your Mother’s Day plans!

Conceived and Directed by Lindsay Eure

Sofia Talvik

Live at the Z!

May 13, 2017

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her. Experience Sofia’s music with this one night only concert, live at the Z.

Mark Twain, Music and Whiskey

“Whisky is liquid sunshine.”

May 12, 2017

Hooray for Mark Twain, music, and WHISKEY! Whether you’re in total agreement or a teetotaler, you’ll enjoy spending an evening with America’s best loved author, humorist, and storyteller. Mark Twain, Music, & Whiskey is an event which brings Twain’s wit, wisdom, and “nineteenth century stand-up comedy” to life. Created by and presented by Ryan Clemens, a professional actor and genuine relative of Samuel L. Clemens (the real name of author Mark Twain), this fun and festive production offers the musical talents of banjoist Reg Lanning and vocalist Samuel Flint. Join us for a one-night only chance to enjoy good drinks, good laughs, and a chance to personally encounter the humor and heart of an American literary legend.

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Skye Zentz

One Night Only!

May 11, 2017

Over the last decade, Skye has made a name for herself in the Hampton Roads area with her infectious, uplifting energy, honest lyrics and memorable melodies. Her releases have earned her multiple local nominations for Song of the Year (both in the 2007 Portfolio Music Awards and the 2013 and 2014 Veer Music Awards). Skye took home the Veer Music Award for Best Acoustic/Folk in 2013 and Best Busker in 2015. She also received the 2016 Music Video of the Year Award for her original Norfolk anthem “The Tide”.

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

The Telling Project

Your military, their stories

May 05, 2017 to May 07, 2017

The Telling Project facilitates meaningful contact between veteran and civilian populations on a community level. Veterans and veterans’ family members step forward as performers and after interview, performance training, and rehearsal, the ‘performers’ tell their stories of service to their communities.

Co-presented with Virginia Arts Festival

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

May 03, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Jazz Club at the Z

with Eddie Williams

April 30, 2017

Craving good music or just a great way to end the weekend on a high note? Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of all things jazz. Eddie welcomes such great guest musicians from the area for an evening of great music and inviting atmosphere. Grab a drink from the bar and settle in for an evening of jazz.

Burning Sugar

A Theatrical Concert Experience

April 27, 2017 to April 29, 2017

Burning Sugar is the concert experience supporting Emerging Artist Evan Hannah’s upcoming project Hissing Sounds. Visually, Burning Sugar is arrestingly intimate story of a black American Boy. It opens up his journey with the light and the dark touching on queerness, child abuse, and more, through the media of songs, video, lights, and magic. This one-of-a-kind show crosses traditional theatrical borders as the narrative unwinds, blurring the distinction between play, concert, performer, and audience.

Join us as the first audience to see this fully staged production.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Bucket of Monkeys Improv Troupe Presents: Robin Hood

Family Show

April 22, 2017

CTHR’s acclaimed improvisational troupe creates a performance especially for you! Rowdy, interactive, and enjoyable for children and adults alike, the “Monkeys” will give a one of a kind show that your audience will be talking about for years to come.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

It’s April; Fool! A Sketch Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 22, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly sketch comedy show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Queen Mary Disco Party

Funkytown Friday!

April 21, 2017

Bring your friends, bring your boogie shoes, and bring those dollar bills y’all! Queen Mary is back! This hardworking dancing queen is getting down and turning that beat around, so let’s make sure the energy is stayin’ alive all night!

The Word

An Open Mic for Storyrellers, Poets and Fabulists

April 20, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

April 19, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Mixtape Monday

New Lecture Series

April 17, 2017

What do a tax auditor and a chocolatier have in common?

You have to come to Mixtape Monday at Zeiders American Dream Theater to find out.

Meet Molly Morneault from Cherry Bekaert LLP and Terry Restin from The Royal Chocolate in this next installment of Mixtape Monday!

Veteran local talk show host Joel Rubin will quiz these two diverse characters on what they do (taxes taxes taxes…and chocolate chocolate chocolate) and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT! There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

Meet the Musicians

FREE EVENT!

April 09, 2017

Meet and mingle with some of the amazing and talented musicians of Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Z. Join a handful of different musicians after their performance of Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5. The concert will take place at the Sandler Center followed by Meet the Musicians at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Come ask them anything!

No ticket necessary and no charge at the door!

Musicians TBA

It’s April; Fool! An Improv Show

with Plan B Comedy

April 08, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

A Canary and A Crooner

Spring Cabaret

April 07, 2017 to April 08, 2017

The Z becomes a swanky cabaret club for an evening of songs and stories in the classic style of Bobby Short, Édith Piaf, Noël Coward, and Rosemary Clooney. Expect dazzling vocal performances backed with amusing and touching anecdotes as we spin a fresh take on the classic cabaret form by performing songs never sung by any of those classic artists!

Conceived by Bart Kuebler

Directed by Lindsay Eure

Songwriters Live at the Z! with Dustin Furlow

One Night Only!

April 06, 2017

Dustin Furlow is a 23-year-old, Virginia-based singer/songwriter/guitarist. Playing just over 231 shows in 2016, he is almost always engaged in studio-time, writing, or performing and is currently at work on his third project “Shelter”.

In February 2017, he took home the Veer Magazine award for “Best Acoustic/Folk Artist” in the Hampton Roads area for 2016.
He also recieved nominations for “Song of the Year” (The Garden), and “Album of the Year” (The Sound That You Call Home).

Along with showcasing their songs the artists will be interviewed and have a Q & A with the audience.

Hosted by Chris Van Cleave

Sponsored By TowneBank

Plan B Jam

FREE IMPROV JAM

April 05, 2017

The bi-weekly Improv JAM at the Z continues with Plan B Comedy!! It’s FREE and anyone can perform as long as they throw their names in the hat! The “wheel of improv” will be in charge of picking the games and fate will take care of the rest. We love artists of all ages, but this event for the 18+ crowd.

Saint Irene’s

A New Play by Manoli Kouremetis

March 31, 2017 to April 02, 2017

St. Irene’s Greek Orthodox church is in crisis. The church leaders realize that they have the opportunity to pull themselves out of debt, but by the use of dubiously acquired funds. This leads to a debate between legacy and faith as the church leaders must choose between what is right and what is reasonable.

Join us as the first audience to see a staged reading of this developing new work.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

The Standard Conversation

with Eddie Williams

March 26, 2017

Join The Z’s own resident jazz artist Eddie Williams in an evening of conversation about all things jazz. Eddie has welcomed such great guest musicians like Jim Masters, John Toomey, Rich Mossman among others. Who will play next alongside Eddie? Bring your intellect and your instrument!

Suggested $5 door donation

The Undiscovered

Musical Theater Open Mic

March 23, 2017

Dust of your sheet music, warm up those vocal chords, and step into the spotlight! Join your fellow musical theater enthusiasts for a night of songs from The Great White Way. Come and see the finest of Hampton Roads’ Broadway-worthy talent. Those looking to sing may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Meet the Musicians

FREE EVENT!

March 19, 2017

Meet and mingle with some of the amazing and talented musicians of Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Z. Join a handful of different musicians after their performance of Verdi: Requiem. The concert will take place at the Sandler Center followed by Meet the Musicians at Zeiders American Dream Theater. Come ask them anything!
Scott McElroy, Principal Trombone
Rodney Martell, Bass Trombone
Peter DuBeau, Principal Tuba
Benjamin Rous, Resident Conductor

No ticket necessary and no charge at the door!

 

Davy Crockett’s Tremendously Tall Tales

Family Show

March 18, 2017

“King of the Wild Frontier” is a name befitting a Tennessee hero with a coonskin cap… but what if there are not one, not two, but three such heroes competing for the title? There’s only one way to tell the real from the imposter: A Tall Tale Telling Tournament!
Join Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett, and Davy Crockett on a trip through the folklore and tall tales of the American frontier. Enjoy familiar characters such as Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and Johnny Appleseed, and also some not so familiar characters… like hoop-snakes and hide-behinds! Interactive and hilarious; a wonderful adventure for every age.

Presented by Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads

The Word

An Open Mic for Storyrellers, Poets and Fabulists

March 16, 2017

The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the mic! Read your own work or share a favorite.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Those looking to speak/perform may sign up at the door. Limited spots!

March Radness

with Plan B Comedy

March 11, 2017

Plan B Comedy returns to the Z with their monthly improv show. We love these guys and you will too. Come check out their unique brand of quick, smart, fun comedy.

Mixtape Monday

New Lecture Series

March 06, 2017

What do Lowell the Hammer Stanley, our region’s most “notorious” personal injury lawyer…and Chris Richeson from Chesapeake Bay Distillery have in common?

You have to come to Mixtape Monday at Zeiders American Dream Theater to find out.

Veteran local talk show host Joel Rubin will quiz these two diverse characters on what they do (cash, cash, cash…and vodka, vodka, vodka) and let you in the audience join in with your own questions and observations.

FREE EVENT!  There will also be Happy Hour drink specials, comfortable padded seats and ample free parking in Town Center.

 

Morning To Morning

Pop Up Exhibition

February 18, 2017

Zeiders American Dream Theater Emerging Artist, Evan Hannah is presenting a collective visual and performing arts exhibition that was originally inspired by his debut EP THE MORNING. It’s centered around and celebrates the work of artists of color as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community and women.

This year we have the visual work of Micah Scott and Amber Robinson, a mix by Michael Castillo, spoken word by Erica Aquino, and music by Copelana as well as Evan Hannah featuring players from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds will go to The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads.