The following events are past shows hosted by the Charlottesville Players Guild. For upcoming shows please visit our events section.

Performance, Shows, Special Event

24/7 Fundraiser

Time: Saturday, January 27, 202412:00 AM - 12:00 AM /
We have the best playwrights, directors and actors. Their challenge is to write, direct, and act in a play that will be fully produced in one day. Your treat is to be entertained. Shows at 7pm and 930pm. $40 VIP Tickets $20 General Admission $15 Limited Seats
Performance, Shows

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom by August Wilson

Time: Thursday, June 29, 2023June 29, 2023 - 12:00 AM - July 2, 2023 - 12:00 AM /
The 1920s chapter of August Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle begins as a routine recording session. As tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio and the white producers try to exploit the talents of the band—especially the gifted and impulsive Levee— Ma insists on having things […]
Culture & Heritage, Performance, Shows

CPG Presents August Wilson’s Seven Guitars

Time: Thursday, February 23, 2023February 23, 2023 - 7:30 PM - March 5, 2023 - 2:00 PM /
In 1948 Pittsburgh, old friends gather to mourn the death of a young guitarist and his dream of stardom. This heartrending blues opera combines touching elegy, humor, and emotional grit as the characters strike their own notes in a discordant world that threatens their hopes and lives at every turn. Bursting with musical lyricism and […]
Performance, Shows, Special Event

Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson

Time: Thursday, April 14, 2022April 14, 2022 - 7:30 PM - April 24, 2022 - 4:00 PM /
Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson, the first show for the Black Indigeneity Season, is the origin story for the matriarch within Wilson’s American Century Cycle. Set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1904, Gem of the Ocean follows the story of Aunt Ester, the local conjure woman of the neighborhood, and the assistance […]
Performance, Shows, Special Event

She Echoes on the Vine by Aiyana Marcus

Time: Thursday, November 4, 2021November 4, 2021 - 6:30 PM - November 7, 2021 - 7:00 PM /
She Echoes on the Vine explores the journey of a dark-skinned Black woman working to understand the untold stories of her grandmother’s history to provide greater context, understanding, and strengthening of her own life experience through spiritually-based therapeutic interventions. This work taps into the contexture of Black identity, and the nuanced journey through Black mental […]
Performance, Shows

TANESHA by David Vaughn Straughn

Time: Thursday, August 19, 2021August 19, 2021 - 7:30 PM - August 22, 2021 - 9:00 PM / Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium
TANESHA, written by local artist David Vaughn Straughn as part of CPG’s AMPLIFY Season, represents the generational divide that separates the characteristics of Black upbringing within a generation. Straughn’s story is an amalgam, told by our fathers, sons, daughters, nephews and uncles. It is an amplification of the voices from our offices and our loading […]
Performance, Shows, Special Event

See About the Girls by Ti Ames

Time: Saturday, May 1, 20217:30 PM - 9:00 PM /
Written as a companion piece to Amiri Baraka’s The Slave, See About the Girls continues Walker Vessel’s story presuming that Walker’s bi-racial daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth, are still alive. Set 14 years later, the one act explores the daughters’ contradicting views of their father’s actions and how it has affected them as young adults. Ultimately, […]
Performance, Shows, Special Event

Thirty-Seven by Leslie M. Scott-Jones

Time: Thursday, March 25, 2021March 25, 2021 - 7:30 PM - March 28, 2021 - 9:00 PM / Online
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s Charlottesville Players Guild presents a new work by playwright, director Leslie Scott-Johns about a young Black man who wrestles with the decision to get involved in the Movement for Black Lives. Armed with intelligence well beyond his 8th grade education, we follow his journey through the everyday struggle […]
Performance, Shows

Vinegar Hill by Teresa Dowell-Vest

Time: Sunday, January 17, 2021January 17, 2021 - 7:30 PM - January 18, 2021 - 9:00 PM / Jefferson School African American Heritage Center Auditorium
As part of the Vinegar Hill Symposium JSAAHC Charlottesville Players Guild presents Vinegar Hill by Teresa Dowell-Vest. Nia is going home. She takes refuge in pictures. She hides behind the camera. Tonight she will find out an untold story of Charlottesville. The story of her family. Of her ancestors. They will tell it to her. […]

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

Time: Thursday, December 5, 2019December 5, 2019 - 12:00 AM - December 15, 2019 - 12:00 AM / The JSAAHC Auditorium
The Piano Lesson wrestles with the problem of what African Americans can best do with their cultural heritage. It seems to ask the question of how best to put history to use. August Wilson has been quoted as saying, “My generation of blacks knew very little about the past of our parents. They shielded us […]
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