The Zaidi Theatre (often referred to as the Black Box or Stage II) was added to the Villagers Theatre in 1988. From the time of its construction until the fall of 1996 it served only as a “multi-purpose room,” being used to host our Kidsvill series, rehearsals and special events. Occasionally, it was used as a performance space for shows that needed more intimacy than provided by the main auditorium or that were a bit more challenging than we felt was appropriate for our traditional Main Stage audience.
That is until the fall of 1996, when it became the permanent home of our “Black Box Series.” It was in this series where we regularly presented more intimate and challenging productions. It is where our directors, actors and audience members have “a safe place to do unsafe things.” Productions in this series ran from outlandish and absurd comedies like David Ives’ All in the Timing and Christorpher Durang’s Durang Durang, to intense dramas like Lanford Wilson’s Burn This! and David Mamet’s Oleanna.
Starting in the fall of 2010, the Black Box Series was temporarily suspended and was replaced by the Villagers Independent Producers Series. This change allowed the creative staffs of the shows produced in the space even more creative and artistic control over their work.
However we are happy to announce that in the fall of 2012, the Black Box Series has returned to production. However we will still host VIP productions when possible.
Black Box. New Playwrights Series
Opens: 05/10/2024 – Closes: 05/19/2024
Ride The Cyclone – The Musical
Opens: 01/19/2024 – Closes: 01/28/2024
Lend Me A Tenor
Opens: 10/13/2023 – Closes: 10/22/2023
Dog Sees God
Opens: 01/13/2023 – Closes: 01/22/2023
The 39 Steps
Opens: 10/14/2022 – Closes: 10/23/2022
Opens: 08/19/2022 – Closes: 08/28/2022
Opens: 10/23/2020 – Closes: 10/24/2020
The Theory of Relativity
Opens: 05/10/2019 – Closes: 05/19/2019
Speed the Plow
Opens: 01/18/2019 – Closes: 01/27/2019
Opens: 05/11/2018 – Closes: 05/20/2018