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Welcome to Tidewater StageEric Harrell

After nearly a decade of planning and dreaming, Regent University proudly launched its professional theatre company, Tidewater Stage, in the summer of 2013. Our inaugural season, featuring the 1950's music revue Forever Plaid and the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, was a glorious success. Hampton Roads came out in droves to support the community’s newest professional theatre resulting in sold-out runs and glowing reviews. Our follow-up season, featuring the hilarious country music revue Pump Boys and Dinettes and the multi-award winning Driving Miss Daisy, was received with equal enthusiasm, and our 2014 sponsorship campaign set a new record. What an incredible beginning for our young company. With those early successes under our belt, we proudly announce our 2015 season.  

I Do! I Do! is an intimate and nostalgic work by the powerhouse writing team behind The Fantasticks. Developed as a star vehicle for theater legends Mary Martin and Robert Preston, the original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations, and the first national tour starred comedy legend Carol Burnett and Rock Hudson. The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they navigate their wedding night jitters, raise a family, and negotiate mid-life crises, eventually rediscovering just much they need each other after all. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds. I Do! I Do! is a charming celebration of the music and mayhem of marriage.

Simply put, The Nerd is one of the funniest plays ever written. Aspiring young architect Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the great debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow GI whom he has never met, but who saved his life on the battlefield of Vietnam. So, Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment for his surprise birthday party. Unfortunately, Rick is not exactly the war hero that Willum had imagined, but his debt of gratitude leaves him committed to hosting the eternal house guest – a bumbling, inept, socially clueless “nerd” who outstays his welcome with a vengeance. The Nerd is a laugh riot with a hilarious, surprise ending you won’t see coming!

This summer promises to be pure fun, and we hope you’ve already made your plans to join us.

See you in the theatre!

Eric W. Harrell
Producing Artistic Director
Tidewater Stage