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we begin a waiting list at 7pm; you must be physically present at Firehouse to get your name on the list.

written and performed by
Vanessa Wright Jackson
directed by
Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Tue Nov 8 7:30pm

$10 / $5 students


Have you ever had a time when you knew you were supposed to do something, but you didn’t do it? Yes. You’re not alone. Annabelle certainly has. ANNABELLE is set in the late 1700s and reaches through time and takes the audience on a journey filled with suspense, close calls, and questions of what's real and what's an illusion. ANNABELLE explores themes of spirituality and equality, coupled with folkloric elements and symbols. ANNABELLE is a voice from the past whispering into the ears of the present. Listen!

Vanessa Jackson is a 2018 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Pedagogy, a 2015 graduate of Virginia Union University’s School of Theology, and a 1999 graduate of VCU School of Business. Vanessa worked as a Financial Analyst for more than 12 years. She has been a playwright for over eighteen years. She began writing for small productions within her local church, St. John United Holy Church. Her productions grew from the quaint facility of her church to several stages throughout Virginia. Vanessa is founder of The Wright Penn Company, a growing performing arts company committed to telling stories that are vital to the spirituality of her community. Vanessa’s dramaturgical credits include FENCES (Virginia Rep), A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Virginia Rep), BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE (University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University). Vanessa also worked with Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates as a contributor and dramaturg for the Festival of the River in conjunction with the Institute for Contemporary Arts at VCU and the Conciliation Project. She is an adjunct faculty member at VCU teaching Effective Speech and Organizational Communication.

ANNABELLE is supported in part by VCUArts.


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