Welcome to Tidewater Stage

Eric Harrell

We have high hopes for every season, but no one could have predicted what happened last summer: our most critically-acclaimed, highest-grossing, well-attended season to date. The reason? You. Over the past four seasons Tidewater Stage has developed a robust and faithful patron base. We make a pretty good team, don't we? And this season, we're ready to take things to a whole new level.

For our first production of the summer, Hitchcock meets hilarious in the comic thriller The 39 Steps. This ingenious spoof of the classic Hitchcock film features on-stage train chases, dive bombing airplanes and a ridiculously talented cast of four actors playing over 150 zany roles! The 39 Steps ran in London's West End for nine years, making it the fifth longest-running play in the history of London theatre. It ran for 771 performances on Broadway, has been revived twice Off-Broadway and has been produced in over 20 languages. Yep, it's that good. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps is pure theatre magic.

How do we follow up the blockbuster success of last season's Freud's Last Session? With the fascinating new play The Christians. Pastor Paul has grown his modest church into a megachurch of thousands, but his shifting views on the nature of salvation may prove a leap of faith too great for his faithful flock. Backed by a live Gospel choir, The Christians is both epic and intimate, a gripping portrait of the moments that define who we are and what we believe. For believers and non-believers alike The Christians is a "terrific new play about the mystery of faith" (The New York Times).

It's going to be another amazing season at Tidewater Stage. We'll see you in the theatre!

Eric W. Harrell
Producing Artistic Director
Tidewater Stage