Plus, RPS gets $27 million in state grants
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🎭 The play’s the thing
Two plays at Agecroft Hall are included in the season. | Photo by Todd Schall-Vess
Richmond Shakespeare announced the full lineup for its 25th anniversary season. The schedule includes three productions at the Dominion Energy Center Gottwald Playhouse and two shows as part of the Shakespeare Festival.

Artistic Director James Ricks says each of the selected shows revolve around the subject of moral dilemma.

“They each explore the blurred lines that often exist within our own moral fortitude and the various forces at work as we try to make those lines clearer for ourselves,” Ricks said.

Gottwald Playhouse

The season begins this October with “Hamlet,” followed by a run of the new play “Born With Teeth” by Liz Duffy Adams in January 2024. “Born With Teeth” imagines a face off between Kit Marlowe and an up-and-coming Shakespeare set against the backdrop of a totalitarian regime. It’ll be the East Coast premiere of the play.

In April 2024, Richmond Shakespeare will put on its first musical in over five years with “Parade.” Part brutal legal drama, part unlikely love story, the play explores the roots of American bigotry.

Richmond Shakespeare Festival

In summer 2024, the grounds of Agecroft Hall will host two productions. See Marlowe’s “Doctor Faustus” (no deal with the devil required) first, then close the season with the comedic favorite “Much Ado About Nothing.”

You can get a pass for the whole 25th anniversary season by becoming a member. Individual memberships are $200.

Can’t wait for next season? This year’s Shakespeare Festival opens in a few weeks. Get tickets to see “The School for Lies” by David Ives June 1-25 or “The Comedy of Errors” July 6-30.
Friday, May 19
  • Lebanese Food Festival | Friday, May 19-Sunday, May 21 | Times vary | Saint Anthony Maronite Catholic Church, 4611 Sadler Rd., Glen Allen | Free | Bring the whole family for delicious food, dessert, and drinks + live music and dancing.
  • May 2023 All-Media Show | Friday, May 19 | 5-8 p.m. | Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond | Free | Enjoy food, drink, and music and check out new exhibitions by local artists.
  • ICA Live: Peni Candra Rini | Friday, May 19 | 7-9 p.m. | Institute for Contemporary Art, 601 W. Broad St., Richmond | Free | Traditional and experimental music and theater combine at this performance.
Saturday, May 20
  • Dog Adoption with Richmond Animal League | Saturday, May 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Pkwy., Richmond | Free | Meet your new furry friend in front of Fido Park Avenue.
  • Flying Squirrels vs. Akron RubberDucks | Saturday, May 20 | 6:05 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $10-$25 | Rams and Squirrels unite at VCU Night.
  • MOOSSA Album Release Party | Saturday, May 20 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Isley Brewing Company, 1715 Summit Ave., Richmond | Free | Be among the first to hear the newest release, “A Crack in the Door,” from a local band.
Sunday, May 21
  • Books & Brews | Sunday, May 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Intermission Beer Company, 10089 Brook Rd., Unit A, Glen Allen | Free | Talk about books and drink beer every first and third Sunday of the month — no assigned reading required.
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The long-awaited Children’s Tower is now open
outside view of the new children's tower in richmond, virginia
The Children’s Tower is a longstanding dream of a completely kid-focused hospital that has finally come to life for RIC families. | Photo provided by Children’s Hospital Foundation
To a child, it feels like a space made for them, full of colors and imaginative touches. To a parent, it’s where their child gets the state-of-the-art care they need, when they need it most.

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Tower is now open and ready to serve Richmond families as the region’s premiere pediatric inpatient, emergency + trauma care hospital. Years in the making, it took extensive research into pediatric healthcare best practices — and the support of the community — to make the 16-story, $420 million hospital a reality.

The one-of-a-kind facility provides:
  • One million square feet of specialized child-centered healthcare, when combined with the adjacent Children’s Pavilion (that’s an entire city block)
  • The region’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center + emergency department with 24/7 access to pediatric specialists
  • Spacious, fully-private acute and intensive care rooms
  • Countless child-focused touches, such as playrooms, an indoor children’s garden, teen lounges, a family gym, imaginative murals, interactive installations, and so much more*
News Notes
  • The city is looking at possible improvements to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure along the Canal Walk. The plan would include extending the ramp to the Canal Walk and building a new retaining wall. Check out the materials online or request to see them in person at City Hall.
Coming Soon
  • A new eatery will open in the former Rocket Fizz location in Carytown. Emilio Peiro, who used to own the Emilio’s chain of Spanish restaurants, is moving forward with Importante Bodega Bar. The menu will focus on tapas, wine tastings, and cocktails. (Richmond BizSense)
  • RPS has received four state grants to support school construction. They are: $20 million to turn a property on Maury into a new high school, $5.6 million towards the Fox Elementary rebuild, and $1 million each for Henderson Middle and J.L. Francis Elementary to start renovations.
  • Henrico, Hanover, and Goochland recyclers have started getting 95-gallon recycling carts from the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority. Each participating household will receive a cart — deliveries should be complete by Friday, June 30. (Henrico Citizen)
  • High school graduation season is coming up, which for Richmonders means Siegel Center traffic. First up is Chesterfield County schools, which will host ceremonies Monday, May 22-Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. each day. Expect congestion on Broad around these times.
Plan Ahead
  • “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me” is bringing its stand-up comedy tour to Richmond. Panelists from the NPR program will perform at the Dominion Energy Center on Friday, June 16. Get tickets starting today at 10 a.m.
  • If you’re planning a trip to the Outer Banks sometime soon, be on the lookout for heavier traffic on the Route 168 Bypass Bridge in Chesapeake. Officials closed a southbound lane on the bridge after a boat struck its underside last week. (VPM)
  • A resident in Charles City County donated a conservation easement to the Capital Region Land Conservancy to protect 58 acres of land. The property includes 21 acres of forested wetland and two populations of a rare native plant called Virginia Least Trillium.
  • Attention tomato lovers: Duke’s Mayonnaise is bringing back Hot Tomato Summer for a third year. Local restaurants will have menu specials the week of July 24-30. Greenville and Charleston, SC + Charlotte, NC are also participating this year.
  • Refinance rates are skyrocketing. But home equity rates remain relatively low — which means that now is a great time to borrow against your home. Calculate your payment.*
  • We’re hiring a RICtoday Sales Executive to lead our Richmond, VA advertising relationships. Additionally, this individual would have the opportunity to sell across all 25 of our 6AM City markets, pitching the most relevant and modern media offering in town while earning a competitive salary with unlimited PTO. Learn more + apply.
Intersection improvements on the way
Click the map to explore the 35 intersections. | Map by RICtoday via Proxi
Funds secured from the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program will go towards pedestrian safety improvements at 35 intersections around the city.

The Dept. of Public Works says it’ll start the project this summer and expect work to be complete by spring 2024, weather permitting. Roads like Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Cary Street, Main Street, and Hull Street will see improvements at multiple intersections.

The project will include adding high visibility crosswalks, accessible ramps, and pedestrian countdown signals.

Click the button below for a map of each intersection.
The Wrap
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Have you checked out The Green yet? I strolled through the new park in front of the Science Museum and had fun walking through the new public art piece.
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