1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of London’s Break Out Hit The Phlebotomist

1st Stage Presents the Regional Premiere of London’s Break Out Hit The Phlebotomist

1st Stage is delighted to continue the 2021-2022 season with The Phlebotomist, a dark, gripping science-fiction romance. 

In a sci-fi-inspired world where genomics is the norm, every person gets assigned a “rating” at birth based on their genetic map. Bea, a phlebotomist, finds herself being pulled deeper and deeper into the dark side of the genetic testing underworld even as she falls in love with Aaron, a man she met by accident who has a near-perfect rating that far exceeds her own. The play was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement and had a sold-out run at the UK’s Hampstead Theater. “…a racy dystopian thriller that is part Black Mirror and part Brave New World.” – The Guardian. The Phlebotomist is written by Ella Road, and directed by 1st Stage Artistic Director, Alex Levy. 

The cast features Josh Adams (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Anne Bowles (Hero’s Welcome), Sasha Olinick (Fly By Night, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble), and Lynette Rathnam, in her 1st Stage debut. 

The show will feature scene design by Kathryn Kawecki, sound design by Sarah O’Halloran, projection design by Patrick Lord, costume design by Moyenda Kulemeka, and lighting design by Helen Garcia-Alton. 

The Phlebotomist will run at 1st Stage from February 17 through March 6, with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm. 

The show runs two hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. 

 General admission tickets are $50. Senior (65+) tickets are $47. Student, educator, and military tickets are $15. The first 20 tickets sold for every show will cost only $20. Thursday evening tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856. 

Captions and audio description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the schedule. 

1st Stage safety plan

1st Stage is dedicated to the health and safety of its patrons, performers, and participants, and is enacting certain safety measures at this time to ensure that the theatre can remain a comfortable place for the community.

In order to provide a healthy space for the artists to work, 1st Stage will take the following safety precautions: 

  • All 1st Stage staff, artists, designers, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. 
  • All patrons are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19: the date of their second vaccination must be at least 2 weeks prior to their attendance date. 
  • All patrons are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination alongside a picture identification.
    • Proof of vaccination may be:
      • A vaccination card or a legible image or copy of a vaccination card 
      • A screenshot of a vaccination record from the Virginia Department of Health, or a state equivalent. 
      • 1st Stage will not accept proof of a negative COVID-19 test at this time. 
  • All patrons, volunteers, and staff are required to be masked while inside the 1st Stage Theatre. 

Coming next to 1st Stage

April 21 to May 8, 2022, will feature The Mamalogues, written by Lisa B. Thompson. The season will conclude with the world premiere of Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee, written and directed by Matthew Aldwin McGee, playing from June 2 through June 19, 2022. Tickets for these shows are available today at www.1ststage.org


The Phlebotomist
by Ella Road
Directed by Alex Levy 


February 17 – March 6, 2022
Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2 and 8pm
Sundays at 2pm 


1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102 


$50 general admission
$47 seniors (65+)
$15 students, educators, and military.

Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or 703-854-1856. 

About 1st Stage

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. Winner of Outstanding Production for the past two seasons (The Brothers Size and Fly By Night), 1st Stage was nominated for 18 Helen Hayes Awards in 2020. Other awards include the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company award. Additionally, 1st Stage is a renewed member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2020-2021. 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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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