Tysons’ 1st Stage Wins Major Theater Honor

Tysons’ 1st Stage Wins Major Theater Honor


Lolita Marie as Ms. Muller in "Doubt, a Parable" at 1st Stage in Tysons Corner.

1st Stage was recognized at the Helen Hayes Awards on Monday evening, May 23, at Washington, D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theater. Lolita Marie received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for her role in the 1st Stage production “Doubt, A Parable.”

Named for the legendary First Lady of the American Theater, the Helen Hayes Awards recognize professional theater excellence in the D.C. metropolitan area. Over 200 productions from more than 90 professional theaters across the Washington area, including Northern Virginia, were judged.

"We are so proud that Lolita Marie was recognized for her extraordinary work in ‘Doubt, a Parable’,” said Alex Levy, 1st Stage artistic director. “She is a rare talent that is able to embody ferocity and tenderness in the same moment. She is fully dedicated to her craft and to her art and helps us to fulfill our mission to bring world-class theater to Fairfax County.”

“I am truly honored to be awarded Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for my role as Mrs. Muller in ‘Doubt, a Parable,’ at 1st Stage.” In her performance as Mrs. Muller, Lolita Marie is the mother of a son she deeply loves and stands up for, even as others cast serious doubts about him. “Doubt, A Parable” won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama and Tony Award for Best Play

In her Helen Hayes acceptance remarks Marie spoke of “appreciating people who choose to be parents, understanding that it is an imperfect endeavor, and who, day after day, try to get it right, like Mrs. Muller.”

1st Stage performs at 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, near the Spring Hill stop on Metro’s Silver Line. More Information about 1st Stage is at www.1stStageTysons.org