Dominion Stage joins the local theatre community in mourning the passing of Sharon Veselic. Sharon directed two Dominion productions, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive in 2018, and Jane Chambers’ Last Summer At Bluefish Cove in 2019. Both productions were notable for Sharon’s deeply intuitive direction and connection with her actors, who in turn delivered searing portrayals which moved audiences to both laughter and tears. Sharon’s talent, powerful personality, and beaming smile will never be forgotten.
Dominion Stage is excited to announce the cast of August Wilson's King Hedley II!
Mack Leamon as King Hedley II
Vanessa McNair as Tonya
JoAn Monplaisir as Ruby
Alonzo Farley as Elmore
Denzell Massenburg as Mister
Jacqueline Youm as Stool Pigeon
Performances will be Oct 21 - Nov 5th at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two.
Due to a professional production coming to the DMV, Dominion Stage has unfortunately lost the rights to Next to Normal. While we are sad to push back this production to a later season, we are happy and excited to announce its replacement, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n’ roll gender-queer goddess and her messy journey to love and stardom. Originally produced in 1998 off Broadway, the 2014 revival starring Neil Patrick Harris won four Tony’s for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Featured Actress, and Best Actor.
We cannot wait to share our production with you in April, 2023!
August 5 - 20, 2022. Comedy Musical with music and lyrics by Meredith Stepien and Mark Swiderski and book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, and Brian Holden. Director Michael Page, Musical Director Chad Rabago, and Choreographer Colleen Prior. The musical follows a tribe of cave people who have learned to express themselves, rather than bashing each other’s heads with rocks and eating each other’s babies. Now they face the most important discovery in history, one that will pit them against wooly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers and will change the world forever.
AUGUST WILSON’S KING HEDLEY II
Fall 2022. Acclaimed drama by August Wilson. Directed by Rikki Howie. The ninth of Wilson’s acclaimed ten-play American Century Cycle. Set in the Pittsburgh Hill District of 1985, this Tony nominated play tells the story of King Hedley, an ex-con attempting to rebuild his life by starting a family and selling stolen refrigerators so he might eventually buy a video store. The play comments critically on the supply-side economic theories of the day, examining whether their stated aim of providing trickle-down benefits to all Americans truly improved the lot of urban African Americans.
Winter 2023. Drawing Room Comedy by David Mamet. Directed by Matthew Randall. A wickedly sharp drawing room comedy about two fashionable, upper-class women involved in a “Boston marriage,” a Victorian euphemism for a long-term, intimate relationship between two unmarried, financially independent women. The New York Post called the play “…one of the funniest American comedies in years… a wildly witty, biting satire about barely repressed desire, hostility between social classes, and decorous vulgarity.”
HEADWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Spring 2023. Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock 'n’ roll gender-queer goddess and her messy journey to love and stardom. Originally produced in 1998 off Broadway, the 2014 revival starring Neil Patrick Harris won four Tony’s for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Featured Actress, and Best Actor.
Dominion Stage Statement on COVID-19 Protocols for 2022
Dominion Stage is committed to providing a safe environment for all cast, crew, and patrons. Therefore all activities sponsored by Dominion Stage will always adhere to the current COVID-19 safety protocols set forth by federal, state, and county guidance. In addition, Dominion Stage may choose to implement additional safety measures above and beyond the standard guidelines, if the Board of Directors deems it necessary to preserve the health and safety of all individuals engaged in our community. All safety protocols will be clearly communicated to all individuals attending any Dominion Stage function.
Given that current conditions are frequently evolving and changing, safety protocols may be added or changed at any time to remain in compliance with the highest standards of safety. In the event of a change to safety procedures, changes will be communicated promptly to all impacted individuals. All cast, crew, patrons, volunteers, guests, and others present at Dominion Stage sponsored activities will be required to adhere to all current safety protocols at all times, without exception. Dominion Stage encourages all members of our community to get the COVID-19 vaccination, however, vaccinated individuals will still be required to adhere to all safety protocols.
Information about current guidelines can be found at the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Virginia Department of Health: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/
Arlington County Health Department: https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/
Current Safety Guidelines for Auditions and Rehearsals:
Auditions, rehearsals, and other meetings may be conducted indoors. All cast, crew, and staff of Dominion Stage productions are required to be fully vaccinated.
Current Safety Guidelines for Performances:
All Dominion Stage cast, crew, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Audience, crew, and staff are required to wear a face mask throughout the performance. In order to attend a performance audience members are required to show proof of vaccination, or a negative covid test within 72 hours. Please note that Covid-19 protocols are subject to change in response to changing conditions.
Since a group of neighbors formed a play-reading group in 1949, Dominion Stage has been a part of the Arlington community. We are Arlington's oldest community theatre. We seek stories that reflect everyone in our community, especially those not usually highlighted. To us, "Anything But Predictable" means you'll see stories about the good, the bad, the ugly, and even the undead. We've explored incest, suicide, drug abuse, mental illness, sexuality, prejudice, puppet sex, crime, and life in a trailer park, on a desert isle, in a locker room, and at a boarding school. Sometimes we're not the best choice for grandma or the kids, and we'll let you know. We ARE the best choice for theatre that makes you think, helps you understand, makes you laugh (frequently), makes you cry (sometimes), and celebrates the community we are all a part of.
Dominion Stage's current black-box home (the original library of Gunston Middle School) gives us space to present musicals with large casts and sets, as well as the intimacy necessary for more dramatic pieces and comedies. Seating configuration changes with each production, and audience members are rarely more than a few steps from the actors. There is plentiful free parking. Patrons enter via the main glass doors, pass Theatre One on the left, and follow the signs down the hall to Theatre Two, or may drive around the building to park closer to Theatre Two's entrance (look for the neon art). The closest Metro (though not walkable) is Pentagon City.
Dominion Stage is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Federal ID number 52-1349392.