New Comedy Birds of a Feather by NPR's Marc Acito
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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I loved this performance!!! I attend quite a bit of small theater and this one is another winner, for sure - :) Engaging performances - well written and charming - and the fact that this is based on true events makes it all the more endearing - :) Definitely not to be missed!!!
As an FYI - This is the second production I have seen by the Hub theater - last month I attended the Clockmaker which was also brilliantly executed. Thanks!!!
The Hub Theatre will close its third season with a world premiere from award-winning author and NPR personality, Marc Acito. Birds of a Feather opens on at the John Swazye Theatre at the New School of Northern Virginia where The Hub Theatre is in residence.
The Fairfax-based Hub Theatre provides an interesting venue for Birds of a Feather. The play recounts the story of Roy and Silo, the two Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins who partnered, adopted an egg, hatched and raised a chick together. Roy and Silo are no strangers to the spotlight. In 2005, they were the subject of a widely contested children's book And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. The book, temporarily pulled from school bookshelves in Loudoun County, became one of the most banned books in the U.S.
Helen Pafumi, The Hub's Artistic Director says, "I think most great stories are love stories. Although extremely funny, absurd, and couched in the tale of these controversial topics, Birds of a Feather is, at its heart, a story about the many faces of love. Together, these ingredients make for a rich night of theatre, and we are excited to share it with our community."
Marc Acito is the author of the comic novels How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater (Editors' Choice - The New York Times), and its sequel Attack of the Theater People. A former professional opera singer, Marc occasionally performs "singing commentaries" on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and writes the "Ask the Book Doctor" blog at MakeMusicals.com. The world premiere will be directed by accomplished stage director, Shirley Serotsky, who received a Helen Hayes nomination in 2008 for her Rorschach Theatre production of References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.
The Hub Theatre, a professional, nonprofit theatre based in Fairfax, Virginia, is a member of the Arts Council of Fairfax and The Helen Hayes Awards.
By Marc Acito, directed by Shirley Serotsky
Featuring: Dan Crane, Matt Dewberry, Eric Messner and Jjana Valentiner
Creative Team: Robbie Hayes (Scenic Design), Andy Cissna (Lighting Design), Veronika Vorel (Sound Design), Deb Sivigny (Costume Design), Eric Arnold (Stage Management)