1st Stage’s Production of A New Brain Opens in Tysons

From the Tony Award-winning author William Finn and James Lapine comes an energetic, sardonic, and comical musical. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his nearest and dearest. When what was thought to be a life-threatening neurological disorder turns out to be treatable, Gordon is grateful for a second chance to create his own art.

“Among the many joys of A New Brain […] is finding the extraordinary in the mundane and the humor in the most dire situations.” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette 

The 1st Stage production of A New Brain reunites the creative team of Fly By Night (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical). The musical is directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical) with musical direction by Walter “Bobby” McCoy. The cast features Aaron Bliden, Peggy Yates, Katie McManus, Harrison Smith, Caroline Wolfson (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical), Chani Wereley, Ian Anthony Coleman, Ricky Drummond, Russell Rinker, and Rick Westerkamp. The show is choreographed by Robert Bowen Smith.

The design team includes: set design by Giorgos Tsappas (Helen Hayes Nomination for The Brothers Size), lighting Design by Zac Gilbert, costume design by Jeanette Christensen, and sound design by Gordon Nimmo-Smith.

A New Brain will run at 1st Stage from March 26 through April 19, with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

General admission tickets are $42. Senior (65+) tickets are $39. Student and military tickets are $15.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856.

The run time is approximately 90 minutes. Captions and audio description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the schedule. Assistive listening devices are available upon request at every performance.

A New Brain is the fourth production in 1st Stage’s 12th Season. Following A New Brain will be The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan directed by Alex Levy (May 14-June 14, 2020). The 4th Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance featuring nationally celebrated solo performers will run from July 16-26, 2020.

CALENDAR LISTINGS

A New Brain

by William Finn and James Lapine, Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer

When: March 26 through April 19 Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays at 8pm Saturdays at 2 and 8pm Sundays at 2pm

Where: 1st Stage in Tysons 1524 Spring Hill Road Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Tickets: $42 general admission, $39 seniors (65+), $15 students and military Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856

Community Conversations: connecting the story onstage to the community beyond our walls

When: Following and prior to various performances View the full schedule at www.1stStage.org

Where: 1st Stage in Tysons 1524 Spring Hill Road Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Admission: All are welcome Performance tickets are: $42 general admission, $39 seniors (65+), $15 students and military Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856

Captioned Performances

When: February April 2-5, 2020 Please see the detailed schedule at www.1stStage.org 

Where: 1st Stage in Tysons 1524 Spring Hill Road Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Admission: Performance tickets are: $42 general admission, $39 seniors (65+), $15 students and military Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856

Audio Described Performances

When April 4, 2020 during the 2pm performance

Where: 1st Stage in Tysons 1524 Spring Hill Road Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Admission: Performance tickets are: $42 general admission, $39 seniors (65+), $15 students and military Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856


About 1st Stage

Now in its 12th Season, 1st Stage Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural hub for the community producing first-rate theatrical productions as well as hosting professional musicians, orchestras, and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities for the community. In 2020, 1st Stage was nominated for 18 Helen Hayes Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play (The Brothers Size). Other awards include the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company award, Last year, the company won 5 Helen Hayes Awards, including an Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Fly By Night). Additionally, 1st Stage is a member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2016-2017. In September 2016, The Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage “one of America’s most impressive smaller regional companies.” For more information, visit 1st Stage online at www.1ststage.org or follow the theater on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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