Herndon, Virginia/Washington, DC – NextStop Theater Company is proud to announce its tenth professional theater season in Northern Virginia. The company’s first full season since the pandemic began will feature a wide assortment of titles ranging from beloved classics to bold new regional premieres.
“This is a season full of big, beautiful and ambitious stories told by exceptional artists and it has been carefully selected to delight, captivate, challenge and reflect the incredible community we are so honored to serve in Herndon and throughout the greater Northern Virginia community,” says Production Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann. “We couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience the kind of magic that only theater can deliver.”
The season will kick off in August 2022 with a lush musical adaptation of the perennial classic, Little woman. Based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women follows the adventures and struggles of the March sisters as they grow up in the mid-1800s. Using just two pianos and ten actors, this beloved story is guided by the brash Jo March as she embarks on a journey of empowerment through love, loss and loyalty in the face of great change. The musical adaptation features a book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland. The production will be directed by Charlotte La Nasa, one of NextStop’s recently appointed co-artistic directors.
Just in time for Halloween, NextStop will present a gritty new adaptation of Frankenstein by Nick Dear. When Victor Frankenstein deciphers the secret of life, he creates a childish yet grotesque creature that looks like a human’s shadow. Rejected by its creator, the creature is thrown into the world, where it learns both the depths of man’s cruelty and the heights of human aspirations. Increasingly desperate, the creature is determined to find its creator and make a terrifying deal. Based on Mary Shelley’s gothic novel about the fine line between inspiration and madness, here’s a bold new adaptation of one of the most famous and gruesome sci-fi stories ever told. Directed by Producer Art Director, Evan Hoffmann.
Into the new year comes the hilarious 46 pieces for America’s first ladies! In 2018, NextStop produced the crazy comedy 45 Pieces for 45 Presidents, which examined the lives and administrations of every American president in history. The show quickly became an audience favorite and one of NextStop’s biggest box office hits of all time. Following production, the show’s playwrights approached NextStop with their all-new companion piece that offers the same hilarious treatment to the underrated women who call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home. Conceived by the Neo-Futurists (a Chicago-based theater collective), this fast-paced comedy offers a unique perspective on American history. These ladies will have you laughing, crying and illuminating the inherited pressures of a completely invented and often underestimated role. Megan Behm, the director of 45 Pieces for 45 Presidents, returns to NextStop to direct this wild behind-the-scenes look at American history.
In March 2023, NextStop will partner with the Prologue Theater in Washington, DC for an exciting co-production of the new comedy The cake by Bekah Brunstetter. The lively and conservative Della is a talented baker in her North Carolina town, even going on TV to be a contestant on the Great American Baking Show. When Jen, whom Della loves as a daughter, returns from New York to North Carolina to ask Della to bake her wedding cake, she is overjoyed. But when Jen reveals that she is marrying a woman, Della has a crisis of conscience. Both hilarious and heartfelt, The Cake is a deliciously sweet story about love, acceptance and the will to change your mind. Under the direction of Aria Velz, NextStop’s second new Associate Artistic Director, this ambitious co-production will first be staged by Prologue Theater at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. before moving to NextStop for a term prolonged.
Season’s Closer is the original hip-hop musical, In the Heights. From the creator of the international mega hit, Hamilton, comes the show that launched Lin-Manuel Miranda’s career. From his Washington Heights bodega, Usnavi follows the relentless beat of his friends and family as they navigate their hopes and dreams, their loves and losses, their fortunes and destinies. Discover the heartbeat of a community through infectious Latin and hip-hop beats, in this inspiring musical about the ties that bind us all. In the heights was originally slated for Spring 2020 and NextStop is thrilled to finally bring the show to Herndon under the direction of Elena Velasco.
In addition to the five main stage productions, NextStop will also see the return of its popular holiday family show in December, featuring a cast of local student performers, under the direction and support of NextStop’s professional artists. Production will be officially announced later this summer.
Tickets for the 2022-2023 season will go on sale Friday, July 29 at 9:00 a.m. This season will see the return of NextStop’s Full Season Subscription Package, which guarantees patrons tickets to all five Main Stage productions at over 30% off the regular ticket price. New this year, NextStop will also introduce an Early Bird Pricing Program, which will make available a limited number of tickets for each performance at a 25% discount, if purchased at least one week before a production’s first performance. Season passes, early bird tickets and regular individual tickets for all productions will be available here.
NextStop Theater Season 22/23
Little Women (The Musical)
Book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and music by Jason Howland
Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Charlotte La Nasa
August 26-September 25, 2022
By Nick Dear, adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
Directed by Evan Hoffmann
October 21-November 13, 2022
46 pieces for America’s first ladies
Written by Chloe Johnston, Sharon Greene, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Bilal Dardai and Andy Bayiates
Directed by Megan Behm
January 27-February 19, 2023
The cake (A co-production with Prologue Theatre)
By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by Aria Velz
March 10-April 2, 2023
In the heights
Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Designed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Elena Velasco
May 12-June 11, 2023
269 Sunset Park Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20170
The 2022/2023 NextStop season is brought to you by our title sponsor, AutoScandia (www.autoscandia.com) and our show sponsors, Griffin Owens Insurance Group and Northwest Federal Credit Union.
NextStop is supported in part by generous grants from the City of Herndon, ArtsFairfax, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Nelson J. & Katherine Friant Post Foundation, and Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust.
ACCESSIBILITY: NextStop Theater is accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair accessible seats can be purchased online or by calling the box office.