The Venue on 35th   A Great Place to Play
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  The Venue on 35th  
  631 35th Street  
  Norfolk, VA 23508  


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 Poetry | Plays and Staged Readings | Special Events | Music | Outdoor Stage

Please check our Calendar of Events for the latest additions,
changes, and program cancellations



Weekly Open Mic Events
@ The Venue

Monday Night Open Mic
@ The Venue

Each Monday night, folks at the The Venue set the stage, turn on the sound system and stage lights. Then they open the doors to the area’s performing artists ~ inviting them to take the stage and share their artistic expressions with others. We also invite the public to come watch, listen, and applaud the performers. The setting is intimate and supportive; intended for people serious about art - “It isn’t about food and drink; it’s about what’s happenin’ on the stage” – It’s about new artists having a safe place to perform for the first time – It’s about veteran artists having a place to experiment and try out new pieces – It’s about having a place that inspires new work – It’s about a lot of things – Come check it out any Monday night – you’ll see.  With Jorge Mendez directing and / or hosting, all our open mic events are special!

Singers, Musicians, Spoken Word Artists, Poets, Actors, Comedians, Magicians, Dancers, Storytellers

~ All Performing Artists Are Welcome ~    

Jorge Mendez - Director of Open Events @ The Venue

Dates:  Every Monday Night
Times: Mondays 7-11 pm
Doors Open @ 6:45 pm 
Donation Required at the Door: $2.00 minimum
(be generous, help keep the stage lights on)


A Monthly Open Mic Event

Feature Sundays: A Show

Theater-In-Poetry Classes
& Shows

@ The Venue

The Venue's Artist-in-Residence
D. D. Delaney will be teaching
"Acting for Poets"

This class will introduce basic acting techniques to
poets who want to perform their own work. Using one or two of their own compositions, students will learn to explore their poems as an actor explores a script in oder to develop character, control enunciation and body movement, vary delivery speed and intensity, choose appropriate facial expressions and gesture, and revise written work as needed to optimize rhythm,
clairty, and best expression

Classes are $10 a session unless otherwise arranged with the instructor. Payment may be made in advance or paid at the begining of each session.

Class size is very limited - Call D. D. Delaney to enroll



Plays and Staged Readings






The Granby Players are returning
to The Venue to present

A Man, His Wife & His Bitch

A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. "Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney's new comedy, SYLVIA…" —NY Times.

Don't Miss It!!

Dates: April 23, 24, 25 at 8 pm. and April 26 at 3 pm
Tickets: $15 general, $12 students


To Be Rescheduled Soon


This is the third production of this powerful and
haunting one act, one man show about Nat Turner and
the slave rebellion he lead in Southampton, Va. in 1831.

Beatty Barnes, local actor and well known comedian
will portray Nat Turner. Missy Mohr is making her debut as a dirctor. The production will hopefully travel to other venues and fringe festivals.

Don't Miss It!


at The American Theatre
Part of the Lighthouse Series / The Venue Series


April 5, 2015

Cursed from birth, a young girl takes off on a journey
to see if it can be broken in time to save herself.


May 3, 2015

A beleaguered clinical psychologists is crazier
than his patients






It's like an Open Mic - Except it's for Actors

come perform monologues, scenes, improv,
musical numbers, mime and storytelling
(all must have acting elements performed by actors)
Marlon will give notes after each performance
Come learn and hone your skills as an
Actor for the stage or film

The First 3 Sundays in the Month
7 pm - 10:30 pm
$3 Donation at the Door



Special Events






The Venue has been home to local burlesque performers for several years. As what happens in many homes, the kiddies go their separate ways and try flying on their own - but one day they all want to come home.

So beginning in 2015, The Venue will play host two to of its
long-time burlesque performers who now have two
different production companies.

Lily Liqueur with Focus Fox Burlesque

Performance Dates for the first half of 2015 are
March 20-21
May 22-23
June 19-20

(times and more details to follow)

Ellie Quinn with Ellie Quinn Presents

Performance Dates for 2015

April (TBA)
July 17
October 2


Focus Fox Burlesque Presents:
Burly-Q at The Venue
March 20 and 21 at 9 pm


Tickets available starting 3/6/15 at 11am:

The Vixens of Virginia are back at their home, The Venue on 35th St. for two nights March 20th and 21st! The burly Q series will be the foxes doing what they love no themes, just fabulous burlesque!

Come out for girls, comedy, and a night that will
leave you talking!

Hosted by comedian Brian Shelsby

Performances by:
Eevee Bravura
Lacey LaBare
Bree MaDonna
Lily Leigh Liqueur


Outdoor Stage

Look for Open Mic Events, Concerts and
other shows on our outdoor stage
stay tuned!

The Venue on 35th is Norfolk's Showcase Theater
a place where you can see
The New, The Unusual, The Experimental, &
The Best Local Artistic Talent

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