Geva Theatre

A new play at Geva Theatre tackles war, immigration, the refugee experience, and the gray area between right and wrong. “Heartland” is the story of an Afghan refugee and an American professor who form an unexpected friendship. It’s a production that speaks to the value theater can have in helping audiences understand the human stories behind political issues.

Our guests discuss the play, and how the arts can help us understand our world. We also preview Geva’s 46th season. In studio:

The Agitators tells the story of sometimes-difficult friendship between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Both wanted equality; on occasion their work pitted themselves against each other.

The production at Geva involves only two cast members, and tracks their remarkable 45-year relationship. It's a history lesson that feels more important than ever today. Our guests:

While RBTL continues to lobby for a new, 3,000-seat downtown performing arts center, other theater companies are trying to reinvigorate the local theater scene. From established companies to new groups, we explore the scene. Our guests:

Geva's new production of To Kill a Mockingbird hits the stage February 16, and the theatre is tying threads throughout the local arts community. Students from School of the Arts (SOTA) are shadowing their professional counterparts, culminating in their own chance to perform the show. The George Eastman Museum will screen the Oscar-winning film version of To Kill a Mockingbird next week. And Writers & Books will host a class called "Re-Imagining To Kill a Mockingbird," allowing the public to get closer to the story before the production opens on stage. Our guests:

  • Mark Cuddy, artistic director, Geva Theatre Center
  • Skip Greer, playing Atticus Finch on the Geva stage
  • Catherine Yeager, member of the Moving Image Team, George Eastman Museum
  • Lorie Dengler Dewey, director of SOTA’s To Kill A Mockingbird and SOTA drama faculty member
  • Bill McDonough, student actor

Connections: Tom Parrish and Geva Theatre

Sep 4, 2015

Geva Theatre Center made news when, after 15 years, executive director Tom Parrish announced he's leaving. We'll sit down with Parrish to talk about his work, Geva's place in our community, and we'll get a preview of the upcoming season with Parrish and our guests:

Geva Theatre is hosting a four-day festival that will celebrate the life of Son House, whose career was revived in Rochester. The festival will merge music, theatre, film, audio, and storytelling that will reflect on the career and musical influence of House who moved to Rochester in 1943. We preview the festival with our panel:

James Cameron’s Oscar-winning film, The Abyss, was released in 1989. The film was about deep water explorers trying to find an submarine, who instead come upon an alien species. What we want to know is, was the science behind the deep water exploration accurate?

That will be the discussion on Monday, March 16 when a screening of The Abyss is part of The Little Theatre’s Science on Screen series. Our guest today, Dr. Charles Fisher of Penn State University will lead that discussion, along with another discussion that day to discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also with us to discuss The Little event is Peter Wayner, PR and marketing coordinator at The Little.

Then, did you know Rochester was ranked the 20th most arts vibrant large city in America? That according to the National Center for Arts Research. So…what now? We brought in Geva Theatre Executive Director Tom Parrish to discuss this. 

Two shows in Rochester can be seen as examples of art as reality. The first is Good People, a show about making in the tough neighborhood of South Boston, playing at Geva Theatre until November 16. We talk with a few of the performers about the story behind Good People.

The Rochester Latino Theatre Company presents West Side Story starting November 22. What story does this well-known show teach us? We talk with folks working behind the scenes about the performance.

On Need to Know Rochester - race, class and gentrification. It’s all examined in an honest and humorously raw production at Geva Theatre. WXXI gets a behind-the-scenes look at the new play plus we discuss how the issues in the production translate from the stage into our community.

Also on the show – learn how Rochester is working to promote girls’ access to education in a country thousands of miles away from here. It’s part of the next installment of WXXI’s Schools for South Sudan.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look into Geva's Scene Shop

Feb 13, 2014

Two stage sets wrapped all-in-one. Need to Know Rochester's Carlet Cleare gives us a sneak peek into the set design and construction of Geva Theatre's new play Clybourne Park.  Geva's Charge Scenic Artist, Apollo Weaver, walks us through the theater's Martin Street facility revealing some of the secrets behind building new stage sets.