In an ordinary year, 1st Stage would mount 165 performances for 15,000 audience members in an intimate, 110-seat venue. Dynamic, compelling, modern plays written and performed by professionals from diverse backgrounds would excite audiences and spark community conversations on topics like social justice, mental health, and education that would deepen and enrich understanding. But this is no ordinary year. 1st Stage now invites artists and professionals in the field to participate in online conversations that keep audiences connected and engaged – programs like Performers in Quarantine, Life of a Solo Artist, and Artistic Directors in Conversation. Its Solo Playwright Commissions will provide funds for 10-12 artists to create one-person performances – a pipeline for the annual Logan Festival that will also provide financial resources to artists in uncertain times. During a pandemic, theaters are likely among the last venues to reopen: let's not forget them.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; Tysons
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
Recipient of American Theater Wing's 2015 "National Theater Company" Award
Named "One of America's most impressive smaller regional companies" by the Wall Street Journal (September 2016)
Winner of several Helen Hayes Awards including 2016 award for "Best Supporting Actress"
Winner 2016 Broadway World Award for "Best Director"
Washington Post referred to 1st Stage as "the small troupe at Tysons that’s building a reputation for thoughtful work" in September, 2016
All of 1st Stage's 2015 plays were chosen as part of DC METRO THEATER ARTS' "Best Plays in Professional Theater"
OLD WICKE SONGS was chosen as one of the top ten shows of 2015 by DC THEATRE SCENE
HARVEY was chosen as one of the best plays of 2015 by BROADWAY WORLD
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