A musical quest for fire among prehistoric tribes, one man’s grim battle against the trickle-down economy, a lesbian couple’s comedic subversion of Victorian-era mores, and a modern mother’s struggle against the mental illness and a family in crisis. These are the stories Dominion Stage will present during our 2022/23 season, the 73rd consecutive year of performances by one of the Washington area’s longest-serving community theater companies.
Season 73 begins in August with the musical’s DC-area premiere delayed by COVID bringer of fire – August 5-20, 2022 – with music and lyrics by Meredith Stepien and Mark Swiderski and a book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang and Brian Holden. In the true spirit of “the show must go on”, director Michael Page retained nearly all of the cast and crew from the original production which was weeks away from opening in January 2022 when the omicron variant forced a shutdown . “We are incredibly excited to have a second chance to bring this show to the stage,” Page said. “The dedication of this team is incredible. They love this show and can’t wait to bring it to our audience! »
bringer of fire is the story of Jemilla the Peacemaker, the wise leader of a tribe of cavemen. She taught her people to express themselves, rather than banging their heads with rocks and eating other people’s babies. But one member of the tribe doesn’t seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She always tries to invent things to make her life easier… for herself. As she hatches her latest plan, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history, one that will pit her tribe against woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers and change the world forever. She will go from omega to alpha and become… the Fire Door! Hypable.com says bringer of fire “incorporates themes of feminism and politics while still being fun, goofy, and creative.”
In October 2022 is August Wilson’s King Hedley II, the ninth in Wilson’s famous ten-part American Century Cycle, and perhaps the darkest and most powerful in the series. Set in the Pittsburgh Hill District in 1985, this Tony-nominated play tells the story of King Hedley, an ex-con trying to rebuild his life by starting a family and selling stolen refrigerators so he can eventually buy a video store. The piece critically comments on the economic theories of the day’s supply, examining whether their stated goal of providing benefits to all Americans has truly improved the lot of urban African Americans. The New York Times calls August Wilson King Hedley II “grandiose [with] some of the best monologues ever written for an American stage, speeches that turn gritty and often brutal detail into fiery schemes of insight…. You can feel the lightning burn.
The January/February 2023 Dominion Stage show takes on a comedic tone with that of David Mamet Boston weddingthe acclaimed playwright’s devilishly sharp parlor comedy about two fashionable upper-class women involved in a “Boston wedding,” a Victorian euphemism for a long-term intimate relationship between two single, financially independent women. the New York Post called the play “…one of the funniest American comedies in years…a wildly witty, biting satire on barely suppressed desire, class enmity, and proper vulgarity.”
Ending the season in April 2023 is the rock musical next to normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story centers on a mother struggling with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects managing her illness has on her family. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, next to normal was also chosen as “one of the ten best shows of the year” by critics across the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, rolling stone, and The New York Times.
Specific performance dates for all Season 73 shows will be announced soon. Dominion Stage performs primarily at Gunston Theater II, 2700 South Lang Street in Arlington, VA, and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Arts Commission. For more information on the Dominion Stage, including the current production of the musical [title of show] – from May 21, 2022 to May 21, 2022 – visit dominionstage.org/