The Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting Tracy Letts’s family drama titledAugust: Osage County, directed by Susan Devine, through September 23. After the family patriarch vanishes, his children return to rural Oklahoma “to care for their afflicted, manipulative mother Violet. Armed with prescription drugs and paranoid mood swings, Violet reigns over the home as family secrets unfold.” The play won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best New Play.
Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Steven Dietz's play titled Dracula, directed by Jennifer Lyman, October 13-November 3.The show is based on Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror tale & features a “colorfully macabre cast of characters” as they go from the depths of Transylvania to the heart of Victorian London. The play has been called “a wickedly theatrical picture of the world’s most famous vampire.”
Avant Bard will present Illyria, or What You Will, at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two October 18-November 19.The play is freely adapted from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night by Jonelle Walker and Mitchell Hébert & directed by Mitchell Hébert. Illyria “reimagines Shakespeare’s crossed-signal love story in a downtown Manhattan ’80s dive bar, where the habitués are club kids of assorted genders and orientations who have come to the one place where they can be who they are."
Metro Stage in Alexandria will present Rooms: A Rock Romance, directed by Rick Hammerly, October 11-Novmber 11. The two-person show begins in Glasgow in the 1970’s when an ambitious singer songwriter meets a reclusive rocker. Their quest for stardom takes them to London and New York City, and they discover "a vibrant new punk music scene along the way." The "gritty rock musical explores the universal desire to escape and create, to love and explore."
NextStop Theatre in Herndon, Virginia will present The Wedding Singer September 13-October 14. The musical is based on a hit film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The setting is 1985, when a rock star-wannabe is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer....... until his fiancée leaves him at the altar. The presenter notes that "The Wedding Singer contains adult language and situations that may not be appropriate for all audiences."
NextStop Theatre in Herndon, Virginia will present John Steinbeck’s classic East of Eden, adapted by Frank Galati, October 25-November 18. The new adaptation of the iconic novel “asks if it is possible to escape the mistakes of previous generations and choose your own course.” The play “resets the story of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the intertwining stories of two families: the Trasks and the Hamiltons. It is an American epic: grand in scope yet deeply personal.”
Signature Theatre is presenting Stephen Sondheim's romantic musical titled Passion, staged by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner, starring Natascia Diaz & Claybourne Elder, thru September 23.Set at a remote military outpost in 1860s Italy, it’s the tale of a love triangle involving an army captain & the cousin of his superior. The tale has been called “an exhilarating tangle of obsession, desire, madness, and above all, passion.”Passion won a Tony Award® for Best Musical.
Image below: Natascia Diaz (Fosca) and Claybourne Elder (Giorgio) in Passion at Signature Theatre. Photo by Christopher Mueller.
Signature Theatre will present Tony Award®-winning playwright Simon Stephens's Heisenberg, directed by Joe Calarco & starring Michael Russotto & Rachel Zampelli, September 18-November 11.Set in London, the play tells the tale of two strangers who meet by chance at a train stop and are "improbably drawn to each other. "Their instant connection ignites a tender, funny and intimate journey."
Synetic Theatre will present Sleepy Hollow, directed by Paata Tsikurishvili & choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili, October 3-November 4. The adaptation of the classic story of the headless horseman includes “Gothic horror, iconic characters and imagery, an emphasis on surreal, wordless storytelling that transcends spoken language and makes the theatre’s productions something akin to live-action dreams (or nightmares, depending on the story).” The production is recommended for ages 13+.