Announcing Season 71!

Dominion Stage is proud to announce the shows it will stage for its 2020/2021 season, the 71st for the company and the first since Port City Playhouse joined the Dominion fold. The three-show season will feature two musicals and one play with an additional play to be performed as a special event during the season.

Leading off Season 71 in Fall 2020 is the musical [title of show], which chronicles the struggles of composer/lyricist Jeff Bowen, author Hunter Bell, and their two actress friends as they try to create an original musical—in just three weeks’ time—to premiere at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  [title of show] — taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the “[title of show]” — follows the quartet on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression, learning lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.  Entertainment Weekly calls [title of show] “Sly, sassy, inspired….” Nina Metz of the Chicago Tribune says, “It’s as if we’re seeing the creative process unfold, documentary-style, in real time — if real time were condensed to 90 minutes.”

A creative process, of sorts, is also at the heart of Firebringer, a musical comedy set at the dawn of humanity with music & lyrics by Meredith Stepien & Mark Swiderski and book by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, & Brian Holden.  Jemilla the Peacemaker is the wise leader of a tribe of cave dwellers. She has taught her people to express themselves in ways other than bashing each other’s heads with rocks or eating each other’s babies. But one member of the tribe doesn’t seem to fit in: Zazzalil. She’s always trying to invent things to make life easier… for herself. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history, one that will pit her tribe against woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers and will change the world forever!  Hypable.com says Firebringer “incorporates themes of feminism and politics while still being as fun, goofy, and creative as ever.” This Winter 2021 Dominion Stage production will be the Washington area premiere of this hilarious show!

Women rule as well in our Spring 2021 production, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Writer Alan Ball (Oscar winner for American Beauty and creator of TV’s Six Feet Under and True Blood) takes us behind the scenes of a Tennessee wedding reception where five identically clad bridesmaids come to realize that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride. There’s Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister, whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye.  “FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS is a fresh-as-a-daisy comedy, funny as can be…”  says the New York Daily News, while The New York Post calls the show “An irreverent and funny look at the intricacies of friendship and the power of similar dressing. “…[a] wonderfully entertaining play….”

To celebrate Port City Playhouse joining the Dominion Stage family, Until the Flood by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Dael Orlandersmith, will be staged as a special event during Season 71. This powerful play, written in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is based on scores of interviews conducted by the author in the St. Louis area in the spring of 2015. Orlandersmith portrays the many faces found within the community, giving each a chance to take center stage. Variety calls the play “…eye-opening and quietly moving…[Orlandersmith] gets under these black skins and white skins and finds the common humanity of people who are just…people.” The New York Times says “[Orlandersmith] brings the questions, the pain and even the unspeakable thoughts of hundreds, if not millions, to life. UNTIL THE FLOOD is an urgent moral inquest.”

Specific performance dates for our Season 71 shows as well as a call for directors will be announced soon. Dominion Stage performs at Gunston Theatre Two, 2700 S Lang Street in Arlington, VA, and is supported in part by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. For more information on Dominion Stage, including the shows in their current 70th season go to http://dominionstage.org/