Thursday, September 29, 2011

Noises Off Will Soon be "On" at The Little Theatre of Alexandria



Join us for this "play within a play" written by Michael Frayn.  This hilarious backstage farce follows an acting troupe as they stumble from calamitous dress rehearsal to disastrous closing night. An LTA favorite that always leaves audiences hysterical with laughter.

Noises Off will appear at LTA from November 5th to the 26th. For more, visit us at www.thelittletheatre.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

RABBIT HOLE: TALK-BACK NIGHT




"It was a mash up of theater and psychology," tweeted psychologist Robin Haight, PsyD, above center,  about Rabbit Hole Talk-Back Night at The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA).

After the September 16 performance of Rabbit Hole, director Joanna Henry and cast members Andy Izquierdo, Karen Jadlos Shotts, Rebecca Lenehan, Collin Chute and Rebecca Phillips returned to the stage for an informal discussion with guest psychologist Dr. Haight, moderated by journalist Alix Spiegel of National Public Radio who works on the science desk covering psychology.

Audience members had an opportunity to learn how the cast prepared for their roles and how director Joanna Henry approached this challenging drama. In addition to sharing their insights on the characters and their relationships within the play, the cast as well as audience members, talked to Dr. Haight about the story line and the stages of grief that each character experiences and how it compares to real-life situations.

Rabbit Hole, the Pulitzer-Prize winning play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, is a touching story about the different ways a couple overcomes the accidental death of their child. Set eight months later after the loss of their son, this delicate and poignant narrative explores blame, grief and resilience.

The LTA production of Rabbit Hole has been lauded by DC area theater critics. The play runs through October 1st. Tickets can be purchased online, www.thelittletheatre.com.




 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

THIS WEEK AT LITTLE THEATRE OF ALEXANDRIA

Fall Classes for Adults & Youth Begin; Free Talk-Back Event on Friday, September 16

Classes for Adults and Youth
Still figuring out what types of weekend and after-school activities to enroll your kids in? The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) offers a variety of classes for youth of all ages, including Singing for Musical Theatre (grades 2 -10);  Creative Movement and Acting for Little Stars (grade kindergarten); Acting for First & Second Graders; Animals in Action Theatre (grades K- 2);  After-School Creative Dramatics (grades 3 -5); Shakespeare Shenanigans (grades 3 - 8) and High School Improv. Details and a listing of additional youth class topics are available on the LTA website, http://www.thelittletheatre.com/youthclasses.html.

LTA offers a host of adult classes too, including improv, playwriting, and beginning and advanced acting. Information on adult classes is available on the LTA website, http://www.thelittletheatre.com/adultclasses.html.

Talk-Back Night, Friday, September 16 at 10pm (FREE EVENT)
Join The Little Theatre of Alexandria for a conversation moderated by National Public Radio reporter Alix Spiegel with Rabbit Hole director Joanna Henry, the cast and guest psychologist Dr. Robin Haight as they discuss overcoming and processing loss and how the director and cast approached the subject matter and roles. Rabbit Hole cast includes an award-winning ensemble of actors: Andy Izquierdo, eight-time nominee and three-time winner of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH); Rebecca Lenehan, also a WATCH recipient; Karen Jadlos Shotts, two-time WATCH awardee for Best Actress; Rebecca Phillips and Collin Chute.

Rabbit Hole is a touching story about the different ways a couple overcomes the accidental death of their child. Set eight months later after the loss of their son, this delicate and poignant narrative explores blame, grief and resilience. LTA continues its long tradition of powerful dramas with this challenging Pulitzer-prize winning play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Joanna Henry, produced by Rachel Alberts and Bobbie Herbst.

Talk-Back is a FREE event and starts at 10pm, immediately following performance of Rabbit Hole. The play is from 8 - 10pm.  Tickets are required for the play.

Rabbit Hole runs from September 10 through October 1, 2011. Tickets available for purchase online, www.thelittletheatre.com.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rabbit Hole Receives Strong Accolades from Theatre Reviewers

Director Joanna Henry and the cast of Rabbit Hole - Andy Izquierdo, Karen Jadlos Shotts, Rebecca Lenehan, Collin Chute and Rebecca Phillips - delivered a compelling and touching performance during opening weekend. And, early reviews agreed.

Joe Adcock of Show Biz Radio wrote, “The company’s current production is a nicely calibrated, skillfully acted, effectively staged Rabbit Hole. The play is in no way simple or easy. But director Joanna Henry manages to balance the many dark elements — sorrow, anger, blame, guilt, depression, despair — with startling whiffs of comic oxygen. Her designers provide a versatile single setting, offering opportunities for multi-character coffee klatches, one-on-one living room confrontations and a bedroom for isolation or contemplation. And the actors — for the most part, anyway — manage to shade what could be simple, one-quality sketch characters into strikingly colorful dramatic portraits.” (Full  Show Biz Radio review available online, http://www.showbizradio.net/2011/09/11/review-lta-rabbit-hole/.)
According to Joel Markowitz of MD Theatre Guide, "This drama is centered around a tragedy, and depicts how the aftermath affects the emotions and relationships in this family. While most definitely not lighthearted fare, it is extremely real and does involve quite a bit of reviving humor. The performances are terrific and the actors all show excellent range. The direction is also fantastic, and effectively walks the fine line of keeping the play from becoming too somber, while never losing respect for the situation. Rabbit Hole is definitely a worthy night of theatre." (Full MD Theatre Guide review available online, http://mdtheatreguide.com/2011/09/rabbit-hole-at-the-little-theatre-of-alexandria/)

And Rich Massabny, Arlington Weekly News TV (Comcast Channel 69) said: “The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) has a powerful five-person drama, Rabbit Hole written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Joanna Henry. I never saw the movie with Nicole Kidman, but I’m darn satisfied with this production on LTA’s stage. The story centers around the recent death of a couple’s four year old son who was accidentally hit by a car. Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca) and Andy Izquierdo (Howie) are the conflicted, recovering parents. Rebecca Phillips (Izzy) is Becca’s sister and Rebecca Lenehan, their mother. People warned me that Rabbit Hole would be a downer and depressing, however, it wasn’t. As Shotts puts it, “It’s about moving on.” It’s not sad at all and the cast is first-class. A word about Collin Chute who plays the young man, Jason, who was driving the car that killed the four year old boy, He’s someone to watch."  

A Talk-Back night moderated by Alix Spiegel of National Public Radio with Rabbit Hole director and cast and guest psychologist Dr. Robin Haight will be held Friday, September 16  at 10pm, immediately following the Rabbit Hole performance. Talk-Back event is free and open to the general public.

Rabbit Hole runs through October 1, 2011. For ticket purchase, visit www.thelittletheatre.com.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rabbit Hole - Double Tech

Thanks to William Shotts for capturing Double Tech weekend for Rabbit Hole.  Below are a few pictures from our gallery found on our Facebook page:


Collin Chute (Jason) and Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca)

Nancyanne Burton (Set Dressing) and Bobbie Herbst (Producer)

Rebecca Phillips (Izzy)

Karen Jadlos Shotts (Becca) and Rebecca Phillips (Izzy)

Rebecca Lenehan (Nat)

Friday, September 2, 2011

WATCH Award Winner Rebecca Lenehan shares thoughts on Pulitzer winning play "Rabbit Hole"

 WATCH-award-winning actress Rebecca Lenehan, right, will portray "Nat" in the upcoming production of Rabbit Hole, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama by David Lindsay-Abaire


Rebecca Lenehan, a recipient of the Washington Area Theater Community Honors (WATCH) prize, took a moment to reflect on "Nat," the character she will portray in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning production of Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire at the Little Theater of Alexandria.  

What attracted you to Rabbit Hole?
First of all it struck me as a very intelligent and brave play. The author David Lindsay-Abaire has written a story about a small family at an intersection - not only in their relationships within the family dynamic, but he went out on a limb and created a gutsy challenge for the actors as well.  Each of the characters are absolute individuals - each with their own history, and their own personal baggage - colliding within the tragedy they are trying to manage within the span of play with honesty and humor.  And that dysfunctional inter-dependency can be quite messy to navigate - but with an experienced director and actors to work with - I knew it would be a rich and rewarding experience for me. 

Is the role of Nat harder than others you’ve played?
Yes - particularly because I had to process the grief my character has endured to meet the unsentimental bar that is set in story.  It is very clear - it is in the lines, and the way in which my character Nat - expresses herself.  I fell in love with Nat because she has chosen to not pity herself or her children.  She is a simple woman, and she is so honest and outright hilarious when she tries to make a point because she makes no excuses for her lack of education or how the world works.  Most of all Nat has an inner strength that is so lovable, and so misunderstood.  That complexity makes her vulnerable to being hurt - and ever more tolerant and understanding as the play progresses.  It is my job to pilot that journey. 

What have you learned about yourself playing Nat?
Oh boy - that is tough to share, because for me as an actor a role like this never leaves you - it becomes so personal.  Nat inspires me to never give up - to press on and through whatever life throws at you.  Nat has reminded me that as long as we are really doing our best - there is hope.  Her faith to see past circumstances, tragedy, and accidents - is the little voice in the heart of this play.  As an actor Nat has taught me to look for the truth in the soul of a character - and begin there.

What do you want audiences to take away from this play?
My hope is that I have sparked someone's decision to return to their family, and begin again.  Humility fosters integrity.  I want Nat and the Rabbit Hole family to stir a desire to forgive - even if it is impossible to forget.              

Rabbit Hole Talk-Back Night

Talk-Back Night with Rabbit Hole Director and Cast
Moderator Alix Spiegel of National Public Radio,
includes guest Psychologist Dr. Robin Haight

Rabbit Hole is a touching story about the different ways a couple overcomes the accidental death of their child.  Set eight months later after the loss of their son, this delicate and poignant narrative explores blame, grief and resilience.

Join The Little Theatre of Alexandria for a conversation moderated by National Public Radio reporter Alix Spiegel with the director and cast of Rabbit Hole and guest psychologist Dr. Robin Haight as they discuss overcoming and processing loss and how the director and cast approached the subject matter and roles.

LTA continues its long tradition of powerful dramas with this challenging Pulitzer-prize winning play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Joanna Henry and produced by Rachel Alberts and Bobbie Herbst.

WHO

Alix Spiegel, a National Public Radio reporter, works on the science desk and covers psychology.  She is the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, Livingston Award, and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Robin Haight, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in Northern Virginia, works with the adolescents, adults and couples, helping them move forward with their lives.  She oversees public education initiatives for the Northern Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists (NVACP).

Joanna Henry, director of Rabbit Hole, has directed more than 65 productions over the past 20 years.  Recipient of two ACT Awards for best director and 2005 nominee for the Alexandria Arts Commission's Alex Award for Education in the Arts, she is also a drama and literature teacher at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.

The Rabbit Hole Cast - An award winning ensemble of actors: Andy Izquierdo, eight time nominee and three time recipient of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH); Rebecca Lenehan, also a WATCH recipient; Karen Jadlos Shotts, two time WATCH awardee for Best Actress; Rebecca Phillips and Collin Chute.  Additional information about the cast is available online, http://www.thelittletheatre.com/meetthecast.html

WHEN & WHERE
TALK-BACK IS A FREE EVENT OPEN TO PUBLIC
Friday, September 16, 2011, immediately following the performance of Rabbit Hole. 
Play is from 8pm - 10pm. (Tickets required for play. Talk-Back is FREE.)
The Little Theatre of Alexandria
600 Wolfe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-5778

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rabbit Hole - Promo Video


Rabbit Hole - Voice Over Session

Special thanks to Dean McDonnell for helping the Rabbit Hole team with their voice over!  Below are some photos from the voice over session and more photos can be seen on our Facebook page:


Andy Izquierdo (Howie)

Alan Wray (Sound Designer) and Dean McDonnell

Dean McDonnell