Exciting News from Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin
As many of you already know we are moving. But we have one final season in our current location which means we can celebrate our past 30+ years in our beloved metal clad converted warehouse while we plan for our next 30 years. And we are so fortunate that our new home will be just around the corner. We will be staying in our favorite neighborhood North Old Town and will be the Arts and Cultural Anchor in the soon-to-be renovated condo converted Crowne Plaza Hotel on North Fairfax Street.
This coming season we will be paying tribute to some of our favorites—playwrights, artists, plays, and music—and I invite all of our friends and patrons and supporters to join us this coming season. It will take some time since condo conversions and commercial development is incredibly complicated, so we will be creatively coming up with projects around town for a bit but this is a very exciting move and role that we will be playing as the Old Town North community embraces a newly designated Arts and Cultural District. We will share plans as they evolve, but rest assured we will continue to be the inviting, intimate space that we have created here on North Royal Street. One thing about running a theatre---there are always exciting new challenges, and we say “bring them on!”
Since we originally thought we would have to vacate before now (1201 N. Royal is also being converted into condos with additional visual arts spaces incorporated into the overall plan), these coming months are really a gift so it only seemed logical to take advantage of this borrowed time to celebrate our work of the past 3 decades.
So we will begin with the playwright that launched us in 1987, South African playwright Athol Fugard. His most recent play is The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, inspired by the life of outsider artist, Nukain Mabusa, taking place both during and post-apartheid in South Africa. It has been called “an intimate theatrical gem,” so doesn’t it sound perfect for MetroStage?
I have been thinking of reprising ROOMS by Paul Scott Goodman ever since we premiered it in 2008 so we will be offering a ten year anniversary production with award-winning actor and director Rick Hammerly at the helm. The musical is a cult classic so its return to MetroStage where Monica and Ian’s incredible musical and personal journey from Glasgow to London to NY was launched seemed inevitable.
The Bull and Bush bar is still in the lobby and patrons are still talking about the sausage rolls (!) so our holiday show Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush will be returning with many of the usual suspects and, of course, the sausage rolls and Christmas crackers.
And finally we will be bringing our beloved Three Sistahs back to our stage because we think the story is timeless and the music is powerful, beautiful and a wonderful representation of the artistic collaboration of two favorites, Thomas W. Jones II and William Hubbard. Critics have called it “an unforgettable family portrait” and “a journey that ultimately celebrates the unique and unbreakable bonds of family and sisterhood”.
So please join us this season. Four exciting productions will celebrate the intimate powerful theatre that MetroStage has been bringing to our stage for over 30 years. And support us in this next phase with a new theatre that can help all of us continue this remarkable journey together.
- Carolyn Griffin
View of the new MetroStage from North Fairfax Street
Aerial view with MetroStage as the anchor of
the North Old Town Alexandria Arts Disctrict
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