Chautauqua is an entertaining history theater in which audiences have an opportunity to interact with famous people from the past.
Nevada Humanities Chautauqua is one of the longest-running Chautauqua festivals in the nation and is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues. Chautauqua provides dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation. Reno’s weeklong Chautauqua celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout northern Nevada, as well as ticketed evening theatrical performances.
In celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial, this year’s evening performances explore the theme “Battle Born: Making Nevada,” and feature performances of characters that have greatly influenced the growth and development of the Silver State, including:
Tuesday, June 24
“Beyond the 100th Meridian"
Featuring Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell
Music: Slide Mountain Band
Moderator: Joe Crowley
Wednesday, June 25
“Seeking a Better Way"
Featuring Juanita Westbrook as Alice Smith and Brian Kral as Howard Hughes
Music: The Jug Stompers Moderator: Frank Mullen
Thursday, June 26
“The Mighty Pen"
Featuring Frank X. Mullen as Dan DeQuille
Music: 6 Mule Pile-up
Moderator: Juanita Westbrook
Ticketed Evening Shows General Information:
Ticketed evening shows begin June 24 and run three consecutive evenings with local musical performances followed by theatrical Chautauqua presentations. Plenty of comfortable seats, as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to bring their own blanket or low-rise chair. Spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy the excellent barbecue provided by Men Wielding Fire, which will be available for purchase each evening at the entrance to the amphitheater. Plenty of FREE parking.
5:00pm - Gates open
6:00pm - Music starts
7:00pm - Chautauqua presentations begin
$10 - Lawn tickets
$25 - Seat tickets
Children ages 12 and under are free if seated in an adult’s lap or on the lawn
Advance tickets can be purchased online at nevadahumanities.org
. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the performance if performances are not sold out in advance.
VIP Ticket Package:
Nevada Humanities is also offering a VIP ticket package for two evenings of special Chautauqua events featuring renowned Chautauqua performer and scholar Clay Jenkinson. The VIP ticket package includes:
*An intimate evening reception at an elegant, private Reno home for light fare and a special performance by Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson, on Monday, June 23
*Reserved seat in premium center section of the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater for the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival performance of Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell on Tuesday, June 24
*Complimentary glass of champagne delivered to your seat, during the June 24 performance, for a celebratory toast in honor of Nevada's 150th year of statehood.
This VIP ticket package is $300 per person and limited to 50 people. Admission to the June 23 reception is limited to VIP ticket package holders only. All proceeds from the sale of these special VIP ticket packages will support Nevada Humanities programs and the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival.
Other Chautauqua Events
There are free events that also take place from June 19-27 and a detailed schedule is available on the website below.