1st Stage Suspends Productions Effective Immediately in Response to COVID-19

Emily Wall Art & Culture

In response to new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and local and state governments, 1st Stage is pausing all productions and closing the theatre to the public effective immediately.

Artistic Director, Alex Levy, gave this statement, “The safety and well-being of our community is our highest priority. A New Brain will not open as intended on March 26, 2020. At this point, it is our hope to open A New Brain and continue our season once the health crisis has passed. Given the current situation, we are unsure when that will happen.”

Ticket holders and season subscribers are being encouraged to exchange their tickets for a performance at a later date or convert their ticket purchase into a donation. 1st Stage will remain in close communication with its community as the situation develops.

1st Stage has made it a priority in this time of uncertainty to compensate the production personnel most impacted by this sudden closure. All performers, designers, and technicians for A New Brain and The Waverly Gallery will be paid their full contract salary as scheduled.

For media inquires, contact out to Artistic Director, Alex Levy (alexlevy@1ststage.org) or Associate Producer, Emily Wall (emilywall@1ststage.org). You may also call us at 703-854-1856 but we will be limiting time in the theater so phone responses might be a little slower than normal.


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. Awards include the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company award, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Fly By Night) in 2019, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play in 2018, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play in 2017 and 2016, Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Lead Actor in 2015, and the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company in 2010. In 2020, 1st Stage was nominated for 18 Helen Hayes Awards— the second most of any theatre in the DC region. 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.