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Herndon: A Dreamy Tale of Love and Loss

Mystical drama ‘Eurydice’ coming to NextStop Theatre.

The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has fascinated audiences for centuries. But NextStop Theatre is producing a modern retelling told from the perspective of Eurydice. That gives it a different outlook. The play titled “Eurydice” is written by Sarah Ruhl.

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Reston: ‘Voices of Muslim Identity’ Take CenterStage

Reston Community Center presents “Beyond Sacred.”

Reston’s CenterStage is bringing a singular theater work called “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity” to local audiences. The production will explore the diversity of experiences in America.

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Reston: Iconic Musical for Season Opening

Reston Community Players 50th season opens with ‘Gipsy’ on Oct. 21.

That great American musical classic “Gypsy” will be opening the Reston Community Players (RCP) 50th season. “We selected ‘Gypsy’ to start off our 50th season because it is an iconic and classic musical, and we really wanted something recognizable to kick off our 50th,” said Jolene Vettese, President, Reston Community Players and Assistant Director of “Gypsy.”

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Herndon’s NextStop Theatre Receives ‘Applause Award’

For the second consecutive year, Herndon’s NextStop Theatre has been honored with the “Applause Award” by the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP). This major award recognizes theatres that produced 50 percent or more women playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows. ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of performances in a theatre’s season.

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Fairfax: Opening Season with Double Delight

irginia Opera brings ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and ‘Pagliacci’ to the Center for the Arts.

Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center for the Arts with a fascinating double bill not previously seen in Northern Virginia.

‘Rocky Horror Show’ Comes to Lorton

Workhouse Arts Center theater opens new season.

After over a year’s hiatus, the Workhouse Arts Center will be producing in-house productions of live theater once again. The productions will add to the already many offerings at the Workhouse. “We are very excited to return to in-house production starting with ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’” said Joseph Wallen, director of performing arts, Workhouse Arts Center.

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McLean: Androids Arrive at Alden Theatre

McLean Community Players present ‘Comic Potential.’

How timely in this day-and-age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that the McLean Community Players present the area premiere of the romantic comedy “Comic Potential.” The comedy centers on an android that seems to have human potential. Written by Alan Ayckbourne, the play was first produced in 1998 long before artificial intelligence was anywhere near what it is today.

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Fairfax: For Season Opening, ‘Amadeus’

Providence Players to perform the multi-Tony award winning play.

“Amadeus,” the multi-Tony award winning psychological mystery story about legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is the Providence Players (PPF) opening production for its new season. “Amadeus is filled will great drama, tremendous humor, a touch of mystery and wonderful music. It is a perfect play to kick off the season and reconnect us with our audiences.” said Jayne Victor, Providence Players Board President.

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McLean: Tough Ethical Choices

1st Stage brings “Lobby Hero” to full life.

Convincing performances including a torrent of words award audiences with a shifting tale of humor, subtlety and rough edges in 1st Stage’s top-notch take on “Lobby Hero,” a rarely performed play by Kenneth Lonergan. It is a complicated, brash world that Longeran created; a world of people living on quicksand, where false moves are easy to make, especially when not well thought through.

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McLean: Alden’s New Season Opens With Martha Graham Dance Company

True to its moniker, “small stage, big talent,” McLean’s Alden Theatre new 2016-2017 professional performances season takes off with the world renowned Martha Graham Dance Company.

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Fairfax: Captivating Story-telling with Audience Direction

Better Said Than Done presents ‘You Choose the Adventure’ in Fairfax.

Drawing upon their own real life adventures, snags and snares, storytellers from Northern Virginia’s Better Said Than Done enthralled an audience at a recent Saturday evening at Fairfax’s Auld Shebeen. With adroit storytelling based upon unexpected real events, seven skilled storytellers enchanted patrons with theatrical accounts full of charm and wonder. The evening was called “You Choose the Adventure.”

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‘ReelAbilities’ Film Festival Arriving

Extraordinary stories of people differently abled.

A unique film festival dedicated to representing the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities is opening soon in Northern Virginia. It is the annual “ReelAbilities.” National in scope, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV is) partnering with local Northern Virginia organizations to produce the week-long event.

New Reston CenterStage Season Opens

Timeless songs from Kathy Matea and Bill Cooley on Sept. 17.

Grammy award recipient Kathy Matea is known as an uplifting singer, songwriter and musician. Matea can be a too infrequent performer in the Fairfax County area. Soon she and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley will open the 2016-2017 season of professional performances at Reston’s CenterStage.

New Reston CenterStage Season Opens

Timeless songs from Kathy Matea and Bill Cooley on Sept. 17.

Grammy award recipient Kathy Matea is known as an uplifting singer, songwriter and musician. Matea can be a too infrequent performer in the Fairfax County area. Soon she and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley will open the 2016-2017 season of professional performances at Reston’s CenterStage.

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Lorton: Something Big Coming to the Workhouse

‘BrewFest’ and musical entertainment set for Aug. 13.

Stepping out to find new and unique “ways to enhance the Workhouse Art Center’s role as a key driver of economic and cultural momentum” in Northern Virginia is a major goal, said Ava Spece, Workhouse CEO/President in a recent interview.

Herndon: By Popular Demand

Herndon’s illusion artist Derek Jaspers returns to NextStop Theatre with encore performance.

With a sold-out performance when Herndon’s Derek Jaspers first appeared at NextStop Theatre just a few weeks ago with his deception and sleight of hand skills, audiences clamored for a return engagement.

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Fairfax Symphony Celebrating 60th Season

Orchestra deepens community ties.

Sixty years and counting. Since 1956, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra has been a leading orchestra, while remaining committed to community involvement.

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Cirque du Soleil magical ‘Kurios’ Under the Big Top at Tysons II

The dazzling, fantastic world of Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” will be under the famous blue-and-yellow Cirque du Soleil Big Top at Tysons II.

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Fairfax: A Wily Look at Relationships

“Redder Blood” at Hub Theatre.

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McLean: ‘Footloose’ coming to Alden Stage

McLean Community Players present musical July 8-24.

School is out for the summer with vacations coming, but the McLean Community Players (MCP) take on the musical “Footloose” will give local audiences a reason to have a “staycation.”

Herndon: Theater to Inspire Conversation

‘Guerrilla Theatre Works: At What Cost?’ at NextStop in Herndon.

Opening NextStop Theatre’s summer 2016 series of one-night only performances is a show about a very contemporary social issue; the search for home in an unsafe, complex world.

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Theater with Punch

1st Stage’s “Floyd Collins”; Original, stunning musical.

A daring musical awaits patrons at 1st Stage Theater. It is the award-winning, rarely produced, “Floyd Collins.”

Tysons’ 1st Stage Wins Major Theater Honor

Lolita Marie received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.

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Fairfax: Mischief and Spies

Providence Players present comedy ‘Red Herring.’

Just in time to help divert an audience to escape from the real world comes “Red Herring” from the Providence Players.

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Reston: Hilarity Without Bounds

Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to CenterStage.

They are back. The Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) is returning for its regular appearance at Reston’s CenterStage.

Herndon: Fresh, Summer Nights: Entertainment at NextStop Theatre

Dulles Corridor audiences seeking summer evening attractions will not have far to drive. Herndon’s NextStop Theatre will be offering a lot of performances to whet the appetite.

Herndon: Stage Magic Comes to NextStop Theatre

Musical ’City of Angels’ at Herndon stage.

Hollywood’s 1940s golden age of fearless private eyes and wise-cracking femme-fatales working as partners to solve crimes while testing the boundaries of love is next for Herndon’s NextStop Theatre. It is “City of Angels,” a multi-Tony Award winning musical.

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McLean: A Family Musical Starring Poultry

‘Chicken Dance’ comes to the Alden Theater, McLean Community Center.

Light-hearted musical silliness from colorful family fare will soon arrive at the McLean Community Center.

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‘Great Performances’ Continue at Mason

Center for the Arts announces next season’s ‘Great Performances.’

Once again, George Mason University Center for the Arts will dazzle audiences with a wide array of celebrated artists from around the world with its upcoming 2016-17 “Great Performances” series.

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It All Started in Vienna

Sam Ludwig making it big on professional stage.

Sam Ludwig is an award winning professional actor who has not forgotten his Vienna, Va. roots.

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McLean: Zingers and Slammed Doors Galore

McLean Community Players present “Unnecessary Farce.”

A happily buoyant McLean Community Players (MCP) cast and crew described what audiences can expect at the uproarious production of the award-winning “Unnecessary Farce.”

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Reston Community Players Salute Iconic Beauty

Our Town” at CenterStage.

A masterpiece of American theater, “Our Town” is the enduring tale of small town life.

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1st Stage’s Presents “Proof

A disarming production

In a satisfying character driven play about the fragility of the mind, rich with intriguing dialogue about genius and fears of mental illness, 1st Stage has created a disarming production of “Proof.”

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Film Festival Returns to Fairfax, Bigger and Bolder

Northern Virginia International Film Festival to be held at Angelika Film Center April 21-30.

Returning for its second year, the Northern Virginia International Film Festival will continue to “create a slice of Hollywood in Northern Virginia; this year is even bigger and bolder” than its inaugural season at the Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District, said Fernando Mico, founder and director.

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McLean: Carnival Ride of Entertainment

New York Neo Futurists at the Alden

Headlined by Mike Puckett, a 2008 Centreville High School graduate, the New York Neo Futurists return to the Alden by audience demand.

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Fairfax: Magical, Fictional ‘Almost, Maine’

Providence Players present a romantic-comedy aimed directly at the heart.

Love can be so utterly complex, yet so invigorating as the unexpected comes into view. But then what?

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Fairfax: Award-Winning ‘in a word’ Receiving Area Premiere

A dark comedy at Fairfax’s Hub Theater.

Fans of new plays have an opportunity to take in a “beautiful and funny play” about regular people trying to make sense of a family mystery, said Helen Pafumi, artistic director, Fairfax’s Hub Theatre.

Reston: Celebrating Pinter, Poetry Month

Reston’s CenterStage celebrates Harold Pinter and National Poetry Month with actor Julian Sands.

Be smitten by the works of Nobel recipient Harold Pinter who wrote romantic verses to his wife such as this; "You are my life, And so I live."

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Fairfax: Beauty of the American Songbook

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Spring is arriving with its jaunty cherry blossoms and daffodils.

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Fairfax: Gifted Dancers, Thrilling Artistry

George Mason University School of Dance presents Dance Gala.

“These are exciting times for the Mason School of Dance; we want to share our excitement with all of Northern Virginia,” said Susan Shields, director School of Dance, George Mason University.

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Lorton: ‘Warrior Art’ on Display

Workhouse creating arts opportunities for active and retired Service members.

A year ago, the Workhouse Arts Center launched a “Military and the Arts Initiative.” It was initially a collaboration with Fort Belvoir, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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Inner Peace Through Dance and Movement

Richmond Ballet II and Pulitzer Prize winner Sarah Kaufman at the JCCNV

Movement and dance are beautiful to behold.

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Lorton: Cultural Diversity Sculpture

Work by Foon Sham on display at Workhouse Art Center.

Arts Council of Fairfax County Strauss Fellowship recipient, and internationally-renowned artist Foon Sham, who lives in Fairfax County, has created the large scale detailed work entitled “Culture House.”

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Fairfax: "Fantasia" at Mason

Legendary animated ‘Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert’ at Center for the Arts Feb. 27.

“If you like Disney today, you owe it to yourself to see the beginnings of what came before contemporary Disney features such as ‘Frozen’ or ‘Toy Story,’ said Rob Farr, professor, Film History, George Mason University in a recent interview.

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Herndon: Connections Between Sisters On Stage and Off

NextStop to present ‘Crimes of the Heart.’

The relationship between sisters can be so powerful.

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1st Stage Receives Six Helen Hayes Nominations

The Helen Hayes Awards, now in its 32nd year, recognizes outstanding achievement in more than 90 professional theatres across the Washington metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia.

Reston: Mary Poppins, the Musical’ Arriving at CenterStage

With magical playfulness and practical common sense all charged up with about 30 unforgettable musical numbers, such as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” be ready to welcome the next Reston Community Players production, “Mary Poppins, the Musical.”

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Haunting Wounded Souls, Interconnected Lives

For those seeking out a singular achievement into unapologetic mature themed theater, 1st Stage’s production of “When the Rain Stops Falling” will etch itself into audience thrall.

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Fairfax: Sweet Dreams to Entice

“Romeo and Juliet” at the George Mason University Center for the Arts.

Fall in love again this Valentine’s weekend with “Romeo and Juliet.”

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‘1776’ the musical arriving at the Alden

"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress.