Heritage Theater Festival will resume live performances this summer for the first time since 2019 under a new name: Virginia Theater Festival.

Tickets will go on sale to the public June 21 at virginiatheatrefestival.org, in person at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office in the UVa Drama Building on Culbreth Road or by phone at (434) 924-3376 .

The new season will open July 15 with playwright Kate Hamill’s “Little Women,” which Audrey Snowden will direct at the Ruth Caplin Theater.

Up next will be “No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone,” which is written by North Carolina poet and playwright Howard L. Craft and will star Yolanda Rabun at the Culbreth Theater starting August 3.

Kathryn Hunter-Williams, who directed ‘The Niceties’ and ‘The Mountaintop’ for Heritage, will be in the director’s chair for a play that examines Simone’s musical career, sense of humor and dedication to social justice .

There will also be a staged reading of a new play. Details will be announced later this spring.

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A new membership campaign will offer customers the opportunity to purchase tickets a week before public sales. Learn more at virginiatheatrefestival.org/support.

The Virginia Theater Festival is a program of the University of Virginia and is supported by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Office of Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts, UVa Theater Department, and UVa Arts. For more information, visit virginiatheatrefestival.org.