Herndon, VA / Washington, DC – Production artistic director Evan Hoffmann has released the revised NextStop Theater Company lineup for fall 2021. The new schedule will feature an eclectic array of four new, smaller, designed productions. to meet better and serve better. the company’s two equal goals of bringing the live theater back to the Dulles Corridor, while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of the community.

After initially announcing an ambitious fall season with three major productions, NextStop decided (in August) to postpone two of the three productions due to the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, caused by the Delta variant. Shortly thereafter, NextStop reopened after nearly 18 months with David Javerbaum’s comedy “An Act of God” on August 20. The production was praised by both audiences and critics, along with several important new safety measures in place; including a reduction of nearly 50% in reception capacity, a requirement for proof of vaccination and a requirement for masking for the public and staff.

“We were devastated to have to make the difficult decision to postpone our initial plans for this fall. Like so many others, we really believed our community was turning the page on Covid and being ready to get back to normal, ”said Evan Hoffmann, artistic director of production. “But the health and safety of our community remains our top priority and we will not compromise on this commitment. We remain ready and eager to return to large-scale productions when conditions seem right. But in the meantime, we’re excited to have created a way forward that makes live theater possible and keeps safety at the forefront. “

After the successful closing of “An Act of God” on September 19, NextStop is wasting no time and will reopen next week with “A Familiar Melody”, a musical evening created specifically for NextStop audiences and featuring nearly two dozens of beloved Broadway songs. and musical hits like “Cinderella”, “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Waitress”, “Ragtime”, “Company”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “A Star is Born”. The show will feature NextStop veterans Alex De Bard (“First Date”), Ricky Drummond (“The Wedding Singer”, “Urinetown”), Katie McManus (“Into the Woods”, “City of Angels”) and Marquise White (“A Great Night of Singing”). “A Familiar Melody” is directed by Ashleigh King and music directed by Elisa Rosman. Production will take place on weekends from October 1 to 17, 2021.

Just in time for Halloween, NextStop will stage “The Turn of the Screw”. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the Henry James Story, this classic ghost story depicts the trials of a young housekeeper, haunted by ghosts as she tends to two orphaned children in a remote area of ​​the English countryside. . This innovative adaptation is a dizzying tour de force for two actors and will be directed by Christopher Richardson. “The Turn of the Screw” will take place on the weekends from October 22 to November 7, 2021.

In November, the laughs will return to NextStop with the hilarious solo comedy “Fully Committed” by Becky Mode. This terrifyingly funny show follows a day in the life of Samantha, an unemployed actress who works on the searing reservation line at Manhattan’s number one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, romance: a group of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a choice reservation or the right table. NextStop favorite Jaclyn Young (“Crimes of the Heart”, “The Wedding Singer”, “The Sidekick ‘Cabaret”), will perform 40 roles in less than 80 minutes, under the direction of Jennifer Redford. “Fully Committed” will have a limited duration of two weekends from November 12 to 21, 2021.

Finally, in December, NextStop will celebrate the holiday season with “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” By John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton and James FitzGerald. In the tradition of NextStop’s hit production, 45 Plays For 45 Presidents, this quick, furious, and slightly irreverent look at classics and holiday lore puts three artists to the test. Santa, Rudolph, the Grinch, and just about every other seasonal character you can think of make an appearance in this racy comedy that will have you laughing until New Years! Production artistic director Evan Hoffmann will direct. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)” Will take place on the weekends from December 3 to 19, 2021.

All of the productions in this new schedule have been carefully chosen to allow NextStop to balance excellent entertainment and ensure the highest possible level of safety for the audience, artists and staff of NextStop. Building on the artistic successes, as well as the health and safety of An Act of God, each production will feature a small cast, use a specially crafted repertoire that ensures performers stay at least six feet from the audience. at any time, and each will last between 75 and 90 minutes (to eliminate the need for an intermission.)

NextStop will also continue to leave in place its current policies requiring proof of vaccination, the wearing of masks at all times in the building (with the exception of performing artists) and a reduction of nearly 50% in capacity (in order to allow audience distancing.) NextStop Theater Company remains fully committed to putting the health and safety of its staff, performers and community above all else. As such, NextStop reserves the right to cancel any representation and / or production, at any time, if the circumstances prove necessary. NextStop will offer a full refund in the event of cancellation and / or if a customer feels uncomfortable attending a live show.

A familiar melody (An evening of music)
Directed by Ashleigh King
Music conducted by Elisa Rosman

Nothing can soothe the soul like live music! Four former stars of NextStop musical theater (Katie McManus, Alex De Bard, Ricky Drummond, Marquise White) come together for an evening of Broadway musical hits and films, including songs from Cinderella, Ain’t Misbehavin ‘, Waitress, Ragtime, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, A Star is Born, and many more beloved classics!

The turn of the screw
Directed by Christopher Richardson
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from The Story of Henry James

A Victorian-era housekeeper is hired to work in an estate and care for two orphaned children. After learning of the death of her predecessor and the former gardener, the housekeeper is haunted by the images of their ghosts. But are the ghosts real or just the figment of his imagination? A classic ghost story is coming to NextStop just in time for Halloween!

Fully committed
Directed by Jennifer Redford
With Jaclyn Young
By Becky Mode

This terrifyingly funny show follows a day in the life of Samantha, an unemployed actress who works on the searing reservation line at Manhattan’s number one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, romance: a group of desperate callers will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a choice reservation or the right table. In the middle of the dam, Sam has to face his own needs. While juggling scheming socialites, stealthy wannabes, fickle celebrities, and self-centered bosses, can she manage to take care of herself?

Every Christmas story ever told (and then some!)
Directed by Evan Hoffmann
By John K. Alvarez, Michael Carleton and James FitzGerald
Original music by Will Knapp

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to play every Christmas story ever told – add a sprinkle of Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from antiquity to contemporary pop culture, and every Christmas carol ever sung – and you have a wild adventure during the holiday season. A quick, furious and slightly irreverent look at classics and holiday traditions. Santa, Rudolph, the Grinch, and just about every other seasonal character make an appearance in this racy comedy that will keep you laughing until New Years!

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NextStop Theater
269 ​​Sunset Park Drive.
Herndon, Virginia 20170

NextStop is supported in part by generous grants from ArtsFairfax, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia – Seeley Fund, The Council for the Arts of Herndon, The Nelson J. & Katherine Friant Post Foundation, The Ruth & Hal Launders Charitable Trust, The Town of Herndon and the Virginia Commission for the Arts

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