Monday, August 29, 2011

Rabbit Hole Director shares her thoughts

Rabbit Hole Director Joanna Henry, pictured above,  took a moment to reflect on the upcoming drama "Rabbit Hole," opening at The Little Theatre of Alexandria September 10th. 

  • What attracted you to Rabbit Hole?
I love the honesty in this play.  It's about real people who are trying their best - just like all of us.  To be honest, the first time I read this play, I laughed out loud at all of the funny scenes.  That was a surprise.
  • Even though the play is about a family struggling with the death of a child, you’ve said that Rabbit Hole is not a "downer." What is uplifting about this play?
The author, David Lindsay-Abaire, has said that ultimately Rabbit Hole is a "play about hope...Hope of getting through, that there is something down the line."  To me, these characters are highly functional, unsentimental, spirited, and often funny people.  I like that they're presented as normal people trying to do the best they can as they move on in their lives.
  • What has been the biggest challenge in directing Rabbit Hole?
I guess it would have to be finding that balance between the humor in the play and the emotionally dramatic moments.  This cast has been very willing to go to different and sometimes difficult places in the rehearsal process.  It's a delicate play, and I wanted to make sure we didn't overdo the dramatics, but concentrate on the fragility of these characters and their relationships. 
  • What do you want audiences to experience when they see this play?
I hope that audiences connect with these characters.  The family is dealt a blow to their everyday lives.  We've all had that happen to us in one way or another.  One moment has changed their lives.  It brings home that all of our lives are reduced to simple moments in time.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rabbit Hole

New photos posted from our Rabbit Hole rehearsals from August 18. 
Thank you to LTA Member Peter Hyde for taking the photos!

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Collin Chute (Jason), Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca), Zell Murphy (Assistant Stage Manager), Alexis Rose (Co-Stage Manager), and Joanna Henry (Director)

Rebecca Phillips (Izzy)

Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca)

Andy Izquierdo (Howie) and Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca)

Collin Chute (Jason)

Andy Izquierdo (Howie)

Joanna Henry (Director) and Rebecca Lenehan (Nat)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rabbit Hole

Set construction and rehearsals continue for Rabbit Hole! 
See how the show is progressing with photos caputred below:

Andy Izquierdo (Howie) and Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca)

Alexis Rose (Stage Manager) and Joanna Henry (Director)

Collin Chute (Jason) and Rebecca Lenehan (Nat)

Andy Izquierdo (Howie), Rebeeca Phillips (Izzy), and Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca)

Thank you to Bobbie Herbst, Peter Hyde, and Tina Barry for taking photos!
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rabbit Hole

Rebecca Phillips plays Izzy, the scrappy younger sister of our protagonist Becca. Unlike Becca, who loves to bake and is always making delicious desserts, Izzy isn’t very good in the kitchen. She can tell you where to find the fridge and the microwave. That’s about it. Here is some thoughtful dining advice from the expert:

Izzy Makes Dinner: Days of the Week Take-Out Menu

It can be hard to find good food on a tight budget, and no one knows that better than me.  Rather than cook, I leave food preparation to the experts.  The experts who make cheap food.


1 Large 3-topping Hand-tossed Pizza
                Toppings: Italian sausage, bacon, salami

Notes from the food critic: Mondays are the worst.  I hate Mondays.  Pizza makes me happy, therefore I order pizza.  I go back and forth between Mama Rigatoni’s and Leonardo’s Pizzeria because they’re both fantastic (don’t even talk to me about Domino’s or Pizza Hut…those are sorry excuses for pizza).  But right now I have to recommend Mama Rigatoni’s because they have this sweet deal where you can get a large 3-topping pizza for only $7.99!! I’m totally serious!  There is a god.  Load it up with whatever meat you’re craving and thank me later for the satisfying dinner you just had.


Chicken and Bacon Ranch Footlong Sub Sandwich
                Sides: Lays Classic Potato Chips
Notes from the food critic: Yesterday you treated yourself to a meat extravaganza that was well-deserved, but to make up for it you have to make healthier choices today.  Not only is a $5 footlong an incredible steal, this sandwich is loaded with vegetables.  I usually take the onions, green peppers, and tomatoes off, though.  Disgusting.  Replace the discarded veggies with a more delicious and equally nutritious vegetable: potatoes.  Grab a bag of Lays Classic potato chips to complete the meal.  If you get the baked ones you’re hurting no one but yourself.


$5 Buck Box Cheesy Gordita Crunch
                Includes: Cheesy Gordita Crunch, Burrito Supreme, and Crunchy Taco

Notes from the food critic: It is so important to have a multicultural appreciation of food.  Americans do a great job with dinner, but let us not neglect the culinary genius of our neighbors to the south.  Mexican food is so good I basically consider it a category within American food.  Taco Bell is my Mexican cuisine of choice, not only because they are passionate about nacho cheese sauce, but because they have this Fourthmeal campaign going.  Anyone who believes we should have four meals a day instead of three is a friend of mine.


Bacon Cheeseburger with Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, and Lettuce
                Side: Regular Cajun Style French Fries

Notes from the food critic: It’s no secret that you can get a burger just about anywhere.  And while I’ve been to many a McDonalds and Burger King, the best burger I’ve ever eaten came from Five Guys.  They know that a regular burger should have TWO succulent beef patties.  In fact, they consider a burger with one patty “little.”  Their regular-sized fries are enough for two people, and consequently, the perfect amount for me.  Finally someone gets it.  And remember that something as simple as adding lettuce to your burger is not only a healthy choice, it also serves to keep your sister from harassing you about not eating enough vegetables.


Outback Special 9 oz steak
Sides: Sweet Potato with Honey Butter and Brown Sugar & Aussie Fries

And because you deserve dessert…

Chocolate Thunder from Down Under: I hate when restaurants try to do the brownie and ice cream thing and they just fail.  Who wants a stale and flavorless brownie?  But this thing is the real deal.  And they even put the ice cream in its own styrofoam container so it doesn’t melt all over the brownie when you drive home.  I LOVE Australians.

Notes from the food critic: My stupid friend Reema goes to Outback and gets a salad.  A SALAD.  Sometimes I don’t know why I’m friends with her.  Anyway, a steak at Outback may cost a lot, but you just spent five days at work and you hate your life so celebrate that the weekend is finally here.  Go big or go home.  Oh and when the guy at the pick-up window tells you the total for the food, request that he repeat it in an Australian accent.  They love that stuff.  Also it’s in their contracts that they can’t refuse you.


I chose not to include Saturday and Sunday in this article.  That’s because I believe everyone needs a little variety and you gotta shake things up on the weekend.  I usually go to my sister’s and eat whatever she’s making anyway.

-Rebecca Phillips (Izzy)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hairspray Talk Back with Mink Stole

Special thanks to Mink Stole and the cast and crew of HAIRSPRAY for an interesting, informative, and fun evening last Friday for LTA's Hairspray Talk Back. 

A very special thanks to photographer, Susan Braun for taking photos at the event. 
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rabbit Hole - Rehearsals

We’ve been rehearsing “Rabbit Hole” about three weeks now, and I continue to be amazed by the talent of this cast.  We’ve been doing a lot of table work and have made many discoveries about these characters during rehearsals.  Several interesting comments and surprising emotions have emerged regarding their relationships.  I find myself driving home after rehearsals and thinking, “Wow!  Where did THAT come from?”  That’s the nature of this play. Author David Lindsay-Abaire has constructed a cleverly written story.  The way he leads these characters through their own personal journeys is nothing short of brilliant….no wonder he won the Pulitzer Prize for it!  It’s fascinating that he sets this play eight months after the accident.  The characters are now beyond that initial shock and denial from the first throes of loss.  It’s not so raw at this point.  They’ve already had to endure the condolences of friends and family, the looks, the phone calls…or the non-phone calls.  The audience meets them more than half a year later as they’re all trying to move on as best they can.  The unfortunate thing is that each is in a different place in the process.  I’m excited about moving forward in rehearsals to scene work with this cast, adding layers to these characters….and making more discoveries.

-Joanna Henry, Director of Rabbit Hole

Friday, August 5, 2011


Hairspray and LTA is featured in Northern Virginia Magazine!

Shannon Kingett (Tracy), Larry Grey (Wilbur), and Christopher Harris (Edna)

Photography by Doug Olmsted

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rabbit Hole... SNEAK PEEK!

Join us after the close of Hairspray for RABBIT HOLE

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Produced by Rachel Alberts and Bobbie Herbst
Directed by Joanna Henry

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or
by calling the Box Office at 703-683-0496.

Tickets are $17 (Wed and Thur) and $20 (Fri, Sat, Sun). 
These prices do not include service fees.

Seats are reserved, therefore, advanced reserations are strongly encouraged.

About the show, written by Joanna Henry (Director):

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart.  Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.  It chronicles the simple daily moments and emotional hurdles of what comes after a family tragedy.  The sometimes humorous story of loss, heartbreak, forgiveness, and survival, Rabbit Hole won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.  It is about the attempt to survive and recover from tremendous loss, to reflect on the ironies of our lives without being sentimental.  It is emotionally sad, yet funny; it is full of manipulation, yet honest; it exposes the desperation, humanity, compassion, and love within the family dynamics.

Meet the Cast

Andy Izquierdo as Howie

Collin Chute as Jason

Karen Jadlos Shotts as Becca

Rebecca Lenehan as Nat

Rebecca Phillips as Izzy

Photography by Doug Olmsted


The reviews keep coming in...

HAIRSPRAY and LTA gets featured in the Alexandria Gazette Packet
(found on pages 5 and 19)

We also got featured in today's addition of the Washington Post Express (found on page 19)

The Dynamites - Samantha Williams, Amanda Corbett, and Zaria Stott

Photography by Doug Olmsted

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hairspray reviews HAIRSPRAY!

Sam Jones (Link Larkin), Gina Tomkus (Gym Teacher), Christina Kidd (Amber Von Tussle)
and Shannon Kingett (Tracy)

Photography by Doug Olmsted