Performing Arts

Alfred Hitchcock was so taken with Tippi Hedren that he personally trained her as an actress, followed her, and pressured her for sex. When Hedren shunned his obsessive attention, he disowned her and referred to her only as “the girl.” Photo credit: Snap/

A conversation with Hitchcock ingénue Tippi Hedren

Last year’s HBO film The Girl depicted the relationship between Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, and his discovery of Tippi Hedren, who went under contract with Hitch in 1961 and starred in his films The Birds and Marnie. The movie revealed the director’s obsessive desire to control and seek favor from his “ice cool […]

Playwright, librettist, and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, among other Broadway works.

ARTS Pick: David Lindsay-Abaire

Learn about life as a working playwright, lyricist, librettist, and screenwriter in an interactive Q&A session with Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Part of the UVA Drama Department’s Keenan Lecture Series, Lindsay-Abaire reflects on his 2011 Broadway play Good People, now in performance at Richmond’s Cadence Theatre Company, as well as his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 […]

UVA Drama kicks of its theater season with the toe-tappin’ Broadway classic Crazy for You, starring  Brad Frazier (left) and Mike Long.

ARTS Pick: Crazy for You

Adapted for the stage by notable playwright Ken Ludwig, Crazy for You is set to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, and takes place in the bustling 1930s. Robert Chapel directs the heartwarming tale as it follows the dreams of main character Bobby Child, a playboy and future banker with a musical soul, in a production […]