It’s been a long time. But, NextStop is back performing live inside its cozy venue. Eager to enthrall audiences producing something completely different; the audacious “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.”
“’White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ is all about the unexpected; and I don't think there has been a more universal topic for the past year and a half!” said Evan Hoffmann, artistic director, NextStop Theatre.
“White Rabbit Red Rabbit” is a solo actor play. At each performance a different actor will be handed a script in a sealed envelope just before the production begins. What could go wrong when the actor has not seen the script before?
“We decided to produce ’White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ because it represented an opportunity critical to us as a company right now. First and foremost, it provided an opportunity to get back to producing theater inside our theater in a way that feels safe and practical, with a show that only features one performer and is actually well served by having an even smaller, more intimate audience,” said Hoffmann.
Written by Nassim Soleimanpour, “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” also provides an important creative goal for NextStop. “The show presents a radically new voice to our audience/community, with a message that feels uniquely well suited for our time,” added Hoffmann.
“The entire premise of this show is built around a completely new experience, both for the audience and the performer each night.” noted Hoffmann. “It is completely inevitable when you have a performer before you who has had no rehearsal, no direction, and has not even seen the script prior to walking onto the stage.”
Hoffmann added that “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” asks everyone “to wholly submit themselves to experiencing a moment without question or reservation. It is a terrifying and liberating theatrical experiment, unlike anything I have ever witnessed.”
NextStop’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” cast includes eight NextStop veterans. The diverse cast includes Curtis McNeil ("The Mountaintop"), Nina Marti ("East of Eden"), Sophie Schulman ("Bad Jews"), Anya Nebel ("Caroline, or Change"), Katelyn Manfre ("Pride and Prejudice"), Jacob Yeh ("East of Eden"), Kari Ginsburg ("Much Ado About Nothing") and Elena Velasco, who was to direct NextStop’s pandemic-cancelled musical "In The Heights."
Where and When
NextStop Theatre presents “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” at 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. Performances: Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. through July 10, 2021. Tickets $25 general admission. Call: 703-481-5930 or visit https://www.nextstoptheatre.org/. Note: This is a live, in-person, limited performance production for an indoor audience of 30 patrons per evening. All patrons will be required to wear masks during the performance regardless of vaccination status.