TheatreLAB to Present Nicky Silver's THE ALTRUISTS, 7/23-8/8

TheatreLAB, Richmond's home for unexpected and evocative performance, is proud to present The Altruists by Nicky Silver as the fifth and final show in their second full season. The production will run July 23 - August 8th at TheatreLAB's new venue, The Basement (300 East Broad Street).

About the show: Who are the youth of this country? Are they the noble and selfless beautiful rebels, making love like Olympians, or are they just drunk on insanity, rioting and self-absorption? Are they a destructive power in a pretty package, or are they simply addicted to consumption and dysfunction, conducting orgies of cheap wine and non-ideas? Whoever they are, they're the nucleus of a band of pseudo-left-wing hooligans and so-called radicals, and they're in over their heads with sex, drugs, and guns...they're the five young radicals of The Altruists and they're wild in the streets of an Occupied America, where love is a political act and where an "accidental" death caused by the shallow soap-opera actress, Sydney (TheatreLAB Associate Artistic Director, McLean Jesse), has nightmarish ramifications for the reckless, the damned, and the stoned. In Nicky Silver's verbose, violent, terrifying, and hilarious play, love dies and hope rots...but firebombs don't grow on trees.

The production is directed by kb saine and features a design team of Michael Jarett (Lights), Daniel Allen (Set), Joe Toscano (Sound), Maggie Bavolack (Props), and Maggie McGrann (Costumes). The production is stage managed by Kristy Bell. The Altruists features a five-person ensemble, including TheatreLAB Associate Artistic Director, McLean Jesse, Evan Nasteff, Morgan Meadows, Chandler Hubbard, and Joshua Gutierrez.

The Altruists' director, kb saine: "While I'm personally excited to be back in Richmond, working with such a talented and inspiring group of artists, I'm also artistically thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of bringing The Altruists to the stage. In our current climate of concern for social justice and human rights, this play is perhaps more relevant now than it was when it was written. I hope our performances prompt audiences to think about the impact we are each really making in the spirit of change. Even better if our audience has these thoughts after an evening of uproarious laughter!"

Seating for each performance will be limited and tickets range from $10-25. Tickets are now on sale and available at

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