Artist Series 2015-2016
the CenterStage AT RESTON COMMUNITY CENTER
Something happened to me when I was 19 years old that changed my life forever... 2
...I was given a free ticket to see True West by Sam Shepard starring John Malkovich and Gary Sinese; it was a new play at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. It’s a modern Cain and Abel story – two grown brothers who want to kill each other. I was in the front row center. Now I had seen a lot of plays and been in them and even directed a few. I knew that a play wasn’t real life. This play was brutal; not physically so much as it was emotionally brutal. Those brothers really knew how to destroy each other. At first I wanted to walk out, but then I thought “No way, one of them will still be dead at the end and I did nothing to stop it.” I had to make it stop. I thought I would get up and walk onstage. Then they would have to stop the play. If I walked onstage the play would stop and they would stop destroying each other. I literally had to grip the handles of my seat to keep from jumping onstage. Of course, the play ended and they took their curtain call and no one died. But during those hours, the theatre itself faded away. I had a dual consciousness: one where I was seated in a chair in a theatre, and the other where I was witnessing a potential murder. The desire to bear witness to another human being is in our DNA. The performer can flop or enthrall, but either way, you participated. You could be called to testify. You were there. This year’s Professional Touring Artist Series brings us many opportunities to bear witness. From the hilarity of Mutts Gone Nuts to the special Veterans Day event Beyond Glory starring Stephen Lang; from the inspirational harmonies of Black Nativity to the sublime poetry of Harold Pinter as presented by film actor Julian Sands. This show was directed by John Malkovich – bringing me full circle to my Chicago epiphany about the power of theatre. Come bear witness with us!
Paul Douglas Michnewicz Arts & Events Director 3
INVENTIONS IN BLUE September 13
TANGO ALONG THE SILK ROAD September 20
NATIONAL HERITAGE AWARD FELLOWS RESTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL September 26 Pages 10-11 THE MARCY & ZINA SHOW October 3
GIN DANCE CHASING HORIZONS October 21
STEPHEN LANG BEYOND GLORY November 10
RICHTER UZUR DUO November 13
BLACK NATIVITY BY LANGSTON HUGHES, A CONCERT VERSION December 2 Pages 20-21 MELINDA DOOLITTLE IT MUST BE LOVE December 19 ANNA DEAVERE SMITH FROM RODNEY KING TO MICHAEL BROWN January 17
ANNA DEAVERE SMITH KEYNOTE ADDRESS & COMMUNITY LUNCH January 18
VOICE WITH MATT HAIMOVITZ IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE February 24
LÚNASA WITH TIM O’BRIEN March 2
JULIAN SANDS A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER April 2
MR. VAUDEVILLE AND FRIENDS! THE GREAT VAUDEVILLE RADIO HOUR April 3
THE RHYTHMIC CIRCUS FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW April 8
MUTTS GONE NUTS A COMEDY DOG ACT April 24
NEJLA YASEMIN YATKIN WHAT DREAMS MAY COME May 4
ROZ CHAST CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? Pages 40-41 May 11 REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED) Pages 42-43 May 20 & 21
Photo by Lou Jones
13 DONAL FOX Inventions in Blue Sunday, September 13 • 3:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston Pianist and Steinway Artist Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz, Afro-Latin and classical idioms in intricate new works and electrifying performances. Praised by The Boston Globe as “unique and utterly commanding,” Fox de- and re-constructs Bach, Piazzolla, Schumann, Monk, Schoenberg and more. He is adept at adding propulsive grooves and using composed themes as springboards for glorious improvisational flights that blend baroque with bebop, and 12-tone techniques with 12-bar blues.
“A composer, pianist and improviser who deftly draws from jazz and classical contemporary traditions.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 7
“Dramatic power, sublime lyricism...rousing... brooding...plenty of passion...a certain playfulness and vitality...deeply soulful tone.”
Photo by J. Tisara
– THE WASHINGTON POST
20 QUINTANGO Tango Along the Silk Road Sunday, September 20 • 3:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston This quintet of two violins, cello, bass and piano uniquely interprets tango music – universally experienced as the eternal dance of a man and a woman. The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes flowing from China to Constantinople. Silks, dyes, and spices traveled by camel, horse, and yak-drawn carts to the Mediterranean Sea, where they spread out to the West, bestowing wealth and prestige, forever changing Europe’s palates and preferences. But traffic also traveled east. Tango in Tehran? La Cumparsita in Kabul? Join internationally renowned QuinTango and Argentine bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio for a Silk Road journey to where the tango beat lands in Damascus and Istanbul.
26 NATIONAL HERITAGE AWARD FELLOWS at the Reston Multicultural Festival Saturday, September 26 • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free • Lake Anne Plaza
Wayne Henderson and the Virginia Luthiers Master luthier and guitarist and 1995 NEA National Heritage Fellow.
Rahim AlHaj Virtuoso oud musician and composer from Iraq and 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Since 2013, performances by the National Heritage Fellows have been a core component of the Reston Multicultural Festival. It is an honor to present these artists to the Reston community. Performance times vary, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com for a full schedule.
Photo by Tom Pich
Photo by Douglas Hall
“They have been turning out smart lyrics and sophisticated melodies for some time. Keep in mind they’re the ones whose nifty love song rhymed ‘quesadilla’ with ‘IKEA.’” – THE VILLAGE VOICE 12
THE MARCY & ZINA SHOW Saturday, October 3 • 8:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston Wonderfully wacky and heartbreakingly sincere, Marcy and Zina are “the 21st century’s answer to the Dorothys Parker and Fields” (The Village Voice). They are the first women honored with the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. Marcy and Zina have provided original songs for Disney, PBS, and Nickelodeon. Broadway is next with the musical version of Drew Barrymore’s Cinderella film Ever After. These two sassy and sweet singers will leave the whole family laughing through their tears and wanting more.
Photo by Ruth Judson
21 GIN DANCE COMPANY Chasing Horizons Wednesday, October 21 • 8:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston As the Founder and Artistic Director of Gin Dance Company, Shu-Chen Cuff employs an eclectic blending of eastern and western sensibilities with ballet and modern dance that has created a signature fusion choreographic style. The program will feature all original works including two World Premieres. This edgy and uplifting performance includes music by Steve Reich that will provoke introspection and leave you breathless.
“Gin Dance Company has taken leaps and bounds in the area’s professional dance scene.” – CONNECTION NEWSPAPER 15
“Mr. Lang’s one man play is…one of the richest, most complex pieces of acting I’ve seen in my theater-going life.”
Photo courtesy of CMI entertainment
– WALL STREET JOURNAL
10 STEPHEN LANG Beyond Glory Tuesday, November 10 • 8:00 p.m. $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston Beyond Glory is adapted from Larry Smith’s stirring book and presents the stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, rendering first-hand accounts of valor which resulted in the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. As a tribute to fallen soldiers, Lang performed the show on military bases, and gave a command performance for Congress. Lang is most familiar to audiences as the vile Colonel Quaritch in Avatar. Beyond Glory enjoyed a celebrated run on Broadway and has been around the world. RCC presents Beyond Glory in honor of Veterans Day.
13 RICHTER UZUR DUO Brad Richter, Guitar Viktor Uzur, Cello Friday, November 13 • 8:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston The Richter Uzur Duo plays a whimsical mashed-up blend of classical, world, and rock music and have been featured regularly on Performance Today, America’s most popular classical music radio program. Their signature repertoire pairs exquisite originals with blazing improvisations and iconic works by composers such as Bartok, Gershwin, RimskyKorsakov and Saint-Saëns, as well as Freddie Mercury, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.
“Effortless precision and musicality... Playful yet stunning.” – GUITAR INTERNATIONAL
Photo by Marie Freeman
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes A concert version presented by Theater Alliance
Wednesday, December 2 â€˘ 8:00 p.m. $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston This retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective is infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz, and dance with griot-style storytelling from an ensemble cast. Embracing the spirit of the source Langston Hughes work, Black Nativity serves as a deep exploration of cultural identity, pride, and unity within the African-American community while also bringing a fresh voice to this holiday classic. Winner of three Helen Hayes Awards (Best Ensemble, Best Musical Direction, and Best Musical), this spirited evening will delight the whole family.
“…a jubilant holiday classic and unforgettable theatrical experience.” – DC METRO THEATER ARTS
Photo courtesy of C. Stanley Photography
19 MELINDA DOOLITTLE It Must Be Love Saturday, December 19 • 8:00 p.m. $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston Melinda Doolittle became a household name on season six of American Idol. According to Simon Cowell and her fans, Melinda is “the one who should have won.” Since her time on Idol, Melinda has wowed audiences everywhere from the White House to the Musicians Hall of Fame, and from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. In an evening filled with songs ranging from your favorite American Standards to Top 40 Hits, the soul songstress brings her indelible charm and powerhouse vocals to the stage. Thrilling audiences of all ages, Doolittle reminds America why they voted for her.
“Like a young Tina Turner, she can go from a slinky purr to a mighty, gospel charged growl … that’ll keep you coming back for more.” – PEOPLE MAGAZINE
17 ANNA DEAVERE SMITH From Rodney King to Michael Brown Sunday, January 17 • 8:00 p.m. $25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston Best known for crafting one-woman, multi-character plays about American social issues, Smith has been awarded the 2013 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts, as well as the National Humanities Medal. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre – a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie.” Ms. Smith has been listening to people across the country from all walks of life for the last several years, using Walt Whitman’s idea “to absorb America” as an inspiration. Using interviews she conducted following the aftermath of the first Rodney King trial in 1992, Ms. Smith offers an update to her Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 show with this relevant exploration of race relations in America.
18 “... the most exciting individual in American theatre.” – NEWSWEEK
ANNA DEAVERE SMITH Reston Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address and Community Lunch
Monday, January 18 • 12:00 p.m. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston Back by popular demand! Anna Deavere Smith’s Keynote Address will explore issues of race, identity and community in America. Join her to experience the intensity of recognition as she uses her artistic powers to prompt discussion, public debate and action in honor of Dr. King and his legacy. 25
“Hypnotic in its ethereal beauty and uncluttered clarity.”
Photos by R & J Photography and Steph Mackinnon
– THE OXFORD TIMES
24 VOICE WITH MATT HAIMOVITZ If Music Be the Food of Love Wednesday, February 24 • 8:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston If Music Be the Food of Love will include songs both new and old that explore the beauty, heartache and humor of love. The trio focuses the program on the extraordinary roles of women in music – as composers, performers and muses. In honor of the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, VOICE is joined by award-winning cellist Matt Haimovitz in an inspired collaborative project to adapt Shakespearean songs and the medieval music of Hildegard von Bingen. This glorious combination of voices and cello also includes a new work by the winner of Oxingale Records’ Emerging Composers competition. The concert also includes solo cello works by such luminaries as Bach, Gabrielli, and Glass.
“The best Irish instrumental band on the planet.” – IRISH ECHO, USA
“(Tim O’Brien is) … a master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music – it doesn’t matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers.”
Photo by Eric Politzer
– MARK KNOPFLER (DIRE STRAITS)
LÚNASA WITH TIM O’BRIEN Wednesday, March 2 • 8:00 p.m. $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston An RCC tradition returns to the CenterStage with special guest Grammywinner Tim O’Brien. Lúnasa and Tim O’Brien embark on a transatlantic journey exploring the common roots, interplay and mutual influences at the hearts of American and Irish music. The uncanny intersection of traditional and contemporary elements in Tim O’Brien’s songwriting, his tireless dedication to a vast and still-expanding array of instruments, and his ongoing commitment to place himself in as many unique and challenging musical scenarios as possible have made him a key figure in today’s thriving American roots music scene.
JULIAN SANDS A Celebration of Harold Pinter Directed by John Malkovich
Saturday, April 2 â€˘ 8:00 p.m. $20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston British actor Julian Sands is frequently seen worldwide in films, onstage, and on television. He has appeared in more than 100 films including The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, and The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. On television, he is best known for his role in 24 but has also been seen in Smallville and Dexter. In 2005, Mr. Sands was approached by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Harold Pinter to prepare a set of Pinterâ€™s poems for a special presentation in London. Working closely with Pinter, he was granted a rare insight into his personality, life and work. This collaboration evolved into a wonderfully humorous and fascinating solo show directed by John Malkovich, which was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.
“This modest, affecting show embodies the notion of the actor as a transparent vessel through which we see the thoughts and feelings of others…” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
Photo by Baldur Bragason
Photo by Karen Brutsché
“Loved it! Fantastic show! Great for kids of all ages!” – AUDIENCE REACTIONS TO MARK BRUTSCHÉ’S SPOOKTACULAR!
MR. VAUDEVILLE & FRIENDS! The Great Vaudeville Radio Hour with Mark Brutsché
Sunday, April 3 • 3:00 p.m. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston Buddy Silver (the alter ego of RCC funnyman Mark Brutsché) comes up with the brilliant plan to host a Vaudeville radio show, to be broadcast “live” from the theatre! Brilliant, that is, until Buddy finds himself without a proper cast and has to scramble around to come up with enough stage personae and willing audience members to ensure that The Great Vaudeville Radio Hour isn’t a ”Great Big Disaster.” It’s another afternoon of magic, mayhem, and classic Vaudeville comedy that’s fun for the whole family and sure to leave you in stitches.
“Following one hour of non-stop smiles, laughs, foot tapping and knee slapping, you’ll be sure to have a spring in your step all the way home.”
Photo courtesy of Rhythmic Circus
– BROADWAY BABY
THE RHYTHMIC CIRCUS Feet Don’t Fail Me Now Friday, April 8 • 8:00 p.m. $20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston The Rhythmic Circus, who competed in this past season of America’s Got Talent, is known for transforming its tap shoes into new instruments of rhythm. This innovative performance company infuses its unpredictable blend of hard-hitting tap, high-spirited humor, and finger-snapping tunes into one amazing show. Bring the whole family!
Photo by JoNell Franz
They’ll have you at “woof.”
24 MUTTS GONE NUTS A Comedy Dog Act Sunday, April 24 • 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. $5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston Disorderly duo Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: incredible highflying Frisbee dogs, tight-wire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course, the one and only Sammie the Talking Dog! This canine troupe features lovable dogs rescued from animal shelters. Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance that will leave audiences howling for more!
While you are here, don’t miss the Paws and Claws Pet Resource Expo! • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 37
NEJLA YASEMIN YATKIN What Dreams May Come In partnership with Dance Place
Wednesday, May 4 â€˘ 8:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston After exploring large-scale group projects for the last eight years, Nejla Yasemin Yatkin is creating an intimate solo dance inspired by Turkish composers. In this new solo, Yatkin and Enki Andrews experiment with incorporating real-time and pre-recorded video and projections that will respond to the body onstage for a riveting evening of dance and technology.
“Ms. Yatkin is a magician, telling tales and creating worlds with understated images.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
Photo by Enki Andrews
Photo by Bill Franzen
11 ROZ CHAST Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Wednesday, May 11 • 8:00 p.m. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston Roz Chast’s cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity and more than 1,000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978. Her newest book uses her characteristic wit to chronicle her relationship with her aging parents as they shift from independence to dependence. Roz Chast will be signing her books in the afternoon for our Older Americans Month Celebration from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. as well as after the performance.
“The wacky world Roz Chast has created in her cartoons is a parallel universe to ours, utterly recognizable in all its banalities and weirdnesses, but slightly askew...” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 41
20/21 THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21 • 8:00 p.m. $25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Molière (Is Molière funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner. Tickets to The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) are far more affordable than tickets to an amusement park, but you’ll come away with the same feeling of nausea and motion sickness. From cavemen telling “Rock Rock” jokes to Chris Rock and stopping for everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes. As one would expect in an examination of the History of Comedy, the show contains occasional strong language and sexual innuendo.
“A wild, wild ride! It’s funny. Really, really funny…And most of all, it’s really, really smart.” – CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
Photo by Meghan Moore
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The Marcy & Zina Show
Gin Dance Company
Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith - MLK Keynote
12:00 p.m. $5
VOICE with Matt Haimovitz
Lúnasa with Tim O’Brien
Mr. Vaudeville and Friends!
The Rhythmic Circus
11:00 a.m. $5
Nejla Yasemin Yatkin
The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Mutts Gone Nuts
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Directions to RCC Hunters Woods: the CenterStage is located inside RCC Hunters Woods From Route 495 via Dulles Toll Road (Route 267): • • • • •
Take Exit 12 to Reston Parkway Left on Reston Parkway Left on South Lakes Drive Right on Colts Neck Road Go 1/8 mile and turn left into Hunters Woods Village Center
From Route 495 via Leesburg Pike (Route 7) going West: • • • • •
Left on Baron Cameron Ave (Route 606) Left on Reston Parkway Left on South Lakes Drive Right on Colts Neck Road Go 1/8 mile and turn left into Hunters Woods Village Center
From Centreville via Route 28: • • • • • • •
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS Beverly Cosham, Chair
William G. Bouie
Leila Gordon, Executive Director
Thomas Ward, Deputy Director
RCC ARTS & EVENTS STAFF Paul Douglas Michnewicz Linda Ifert Mark Brutsché Kevin Danaher Cheri Danaher Gloria Morrow William D. Parker Patrick Pacak Alison Reinfeld BeBe Nguyen Cristin Bratt Samantha Korkowski Carrie Toreno
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