In a letter to patrons dated August 10, 2021, NextStop Theater Production Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann announced significant changes to the company’s Fall 2021 programming plan “due to the recent resurgence of cases of Covid-19 in our community”:
1. All customers are now required to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend any live performance held in our theater. Customers and staff should also wear mask at all times inside the building (with the exception of the performers, on stage). NextStop has already implemented a vaccination mandate for all staff, contractors and volunteers working on behalf of NextStop. Additional information and details about this new policy will be released in the coming days.
2.NextStop postpone the opening of our production of An act of God by David Javerbaum, one week from August 12 to August 20. This will allow us ample time to fully develop and articulate all necessary policies, effectively communicate information to all of our current and potential customers, and prepare our staff to safely perform all new procedures. The reception capacity will also be reduced to a maximum of 60 places per performance., allowing a distance between each group of customers.
3. Due to the considerably larger scale and therefore the inherent challenges of greater casting, technical and financial requirements, NextStop will postpone our previously announced fall productions of “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” and “Disaster (the Musical)” until 2022. A revised fall 2021 programming schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
As part of these significant changes to our fall schedule, NextStop Theater will be contacting all ticket holders for the postponed premiere performances of “An Act of God” to help reschedule their tickets. We will also be issue full refunds to everyone who purchased season passes for the fall 2021 season and will be offering special discounted ticket offers to those customers to redeem individual tickets for “An Act of God” and any other productions that may be announced for the remainder of 2021.
We acknowledge and apologize for the late notice and the significant disruption these changes represent to our operations and your theater attendance plans. We humbly ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to do our best to simultaneously honor our mission to create high quality theatrical performances for our community and our unwavering commitment to do everything in our power to protect the health and well-being of all. those who honor us with the gift of their work, their creativity and their patronage.
NextStop Theater will fully reopen with the in-person fall season
Three-show lineup includes comedy, musical and classic action adventure favorite.
Originally published July 21, 2021
Production Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann has announced the full reopening of Northern Virginia’s NextStop Theater Company. The fall 2021 season will bring the excitement of large-scale live performances back to Herndon. The company’s eighth season shows will feature David Javerbaum An act of God, by Ken Ludwig Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick Disaster!
Hoffmann says, “It has been an incredibly trying time for all of us. So it was only fitting to make our return with a collection of shows that celebrate our ability to face uncertainty with grace, overcome adversity with conviction, and our ability to persevere with compassion and humor. Over the past year, we’ve discovered so many ways that we need to rethink how and why we do what we do. While I can’t wait to see the curtain rise again this fall, I’m even more excited about rebuilding in a way that makes us a stronger institution, a more supportive home for artists, and a more inclusive destination for all members of our community. . The future is very bright!
An act of God – A celestial comedy
August 12 – September 5
By David Javerbaum, Directed by Tuyet Pham
In this funny sinful comedy, God, with his two “wingers”, answers some of the most pressing questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. At what seems like the perfect time, the Almighty arrives in Town to answer the thought on everyone’s mind, “What’s going on?!” An act of God is written by 13-time Emmy Award-winning David Javerbaum (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Tuyet Pham, and will feature NextStop favorite Jacob Yeh (Pride and Prejudice, East of Eden).
Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood – An action adventure
From September 10 to 19, six performances only
By Ken Ludwig, directed by Megan Behm
NextStop will create a temporary outdoor theater in the Northwest Federal Credit Union Headquarters parking lot in Herndon for this special production. It’s a crazy adventure through Sherwood Forest, with all the thrill and romance you could ask for. Flying arrows, clanging swords and daring perilous exploits fill this not-so-old story of everyone’s favorite outlaw hero and his noble quest to rob the rich and give to the poor! Megan Behm (Pride and Prejudice, 45 Pieces for 45 Presidents) is returning to NextStop to lead this special community comeback celebration! Sponsored by the Northwest Federal Credit Union.
Disaster! – A disco musical
October 7 – November 7
By Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick
Concept created by Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci
Additional material by Drew Geraci
Directed by Evan Hoffmann
Ashleigh King Choreography
Musical direction by Elisa Rosman
This hilarious 70s disco musical parody of classic disaster movies has it all: disco fever, earthquakes, man-eating piranhas, tidal waves and explosions! The action takes place aboard the Barracuda, a high-end floating casino. With larger than life characters, hilarious dialogue and hit songs like “I Will Survive”, “Knock on Wood”, “Hooked on a Feeling”, “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff”, Disaster! will have you dancing in your seats, rolling down the aisles and hanging on for life! The show will be directed by NextStop Production Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann, with choreography by Helen Hayes Award winner Ashleigh King and musical direction by Elisa Rosman.
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.
Season passes for the fall season of three shows are on sale now, with prices starting at $80 for all three productions. Membership benefits include first choice of shows, significant savings on individual ticket prices, no-cost ticket exchanges, and preferred access to membership and tickets for the Spring 2022 season. are available by calling the NextStop Box Office at 703-481-5930 x 0 or visiting www.nextstoptheatre.org. NextStop Theater is accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair accessible seats can be purchased online or by calling the box office.
NextStop Theater Company is a non-profit professional theater company dedicated to producing uniquely ambitious, intimate and accessible theater performances and educational programs. They produce high-quality productions and programs that have fostered an ever-expanding audience base, a deepening pool of artists, and numerous awards and accolades from critics and colleagues. They offer greater financial and artistic support to emerging and established actors, directors, designers, playwrights and technicians in the region. The company aims to add positivity and creativity to the community through theater.