NextStop Theatre Company Releases 2013-2014 SeasonBy Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 19th, 2013 • Category: News
NextStop Theatre Company has released the details of their inaugural season:
- The 39 Steps, September – October 2013
- Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, December 2013
- The Twelve Dates of Christmas, December 2013
- Richard III, January – February 2014
- Into the Woods, May – June 2014
Schedule is subject to change due to performance rights conflicts or other issues. Specific dates of performances and auditions are yet to be announced.
The full season announcement:
Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann is pleased to announce the first professional season for NextStop Theatre Company. “We have developed an exciting season that is focused on the idea of re-imagining ‘possible’,” said Hoffmann. “Unorthodox approaches to classic stories and ambitious challenges to the limitations of our intimate style of storytelling. This season will test every preconceived notion about who we are, how we create theatre, and what we are truly capable of as artists and a company.”
The season will kick off in September with The 39 Steps, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and the classic film by Alfred Hitchcock. This critically acclaimed farce perfectly demonstrates how new life and energy can be infused into a vintage story through “the art of instant illusion-making that is theater” (New York Times). Under the direction of Evan Hoffmann, four actors will portray over 140 roles in this high-speed and hilarious spy thriller!
During the holiday season, NextStop takes on a brand new challenge as we present two regional premieres in rotating repertory. First up will be Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, directed by 2013 Helen Hayes Award nominee Matthew Anderson. This one-man tour de force, by Tom Mula, takes a fresh look at Charles Dicken’s perennial holiday classic by asking, “what became of Ebenezer Scrooge’s previous deceased (and presumably doomed) business partner, Jacob Marley?”
Running at the same time, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, a new one-woman comedy by Ginna Hoben, provides a uniquely female perspective on the pitfalls of navigating “the most wonderful time of the year” as a single woman in our modern world. Up-and-coming DC area director Abigail Isaac will direct this funny and heartwarming tale, described as a holiday edition of “Sex and the City” for real people, with no Mr. Big in sight.
In February 2014, the incomparable words of William Shakespeare return to the Industrial Strength Theatre, as never before, in a new production of Richard III. Helmed by Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder of the Gallaudet University Theatre Department, this production will re-imagine the Bard’s “rudely stamp’d” monarch, not as a hunchback, but as a deaf man, in a bold new examination of the motivations of one of Shakespeare’s most notorious villains.
Finishing the regular season in May will be NextStop’s largest production of the year, as we transform the Industrial Strength Theatre into the dark and dangerous fairy tale world of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Hoffmann, who will again direct, explains that “some of Elden Street Players’ earliest triumphs were found in the creative re-imagining of epic musicals in our intimate 114 seat theatre, what better way to close out our first professional season than with this “giant” and powerful story about the quest for a better tomorrow and the unexpected lessons we learn along the way.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.