1st Stage Announces Postcards From Ihatov, A Magical World Premiere By Natsu Onoda Power

1st Stage Theatre Art & Culture

Adapted from the works of Kenji Miyazawa, including the classic “Night on the Galactic Railroad.” This spellbinding tale of friendship, self-discovery, and the transcendent power of imagination takes audiences on a cosmic journey through the stars. This world-premiere production of visual theater is bursting with imagination and spectacle that the whole family can enjoy.

The 1st Stage production of Postcards from Ihatov features Pauline Lamb, Matthew Marcus, Ethan Miller (The Chosen, The Last Match, Swimming with Whales), Deidra LaWan Starnes (Shutter SistersMlima’s TaleThe MamaloguesDuck Harbor, The Member of the WeddingThe Good Counselor), Matthew Vaky, and Jacob Yeh (How the Light Gets In, The Rainmaker, Under the Sea with Dredgie McGee, The Farnsworth Invention, Trevor, The Farnsworth Invention, and others). The production is written and directed by Natsu Onoda Power (1st Stage Solo Commissions). 

The design team includes: projections by Kelly Colburn, scenic design by Natsu Onoda Power, assistant scenic design by Benjamin Sullivan, lighting design by Min Joo Kim, sound design by Justin Schmitz, costume design by Deb Sivigny, props design by Amy Kellett, and intimacy coaching by Lorraine Ressegger.Postcards from Ihatov will run at 1st Stage from June 6-23, 2024 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

General admission tickets are dynamically priced at $25 (limited availability), $35 (limited availability), and $55. Student, educator, 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 ninety minutes. Captions and audio description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the schedule. 

Coming next to 1st Stage

From July 18-28, 2024, 1st Stage will present The Logan Festival of Solo Performance. This one-of-a-kind festival presents national, award-winning solo performers for two weeks of outstanding performances. The 2024 festival will feature Fly Me to the Sun, written and performed by Brian Quijada, directed by Raymond O. CaldwellToo Fat for China, written and performed by Phoebe Potts; and GUAC, written and performed by Manuel Oliver, directed by Michael Cotey.


Postcards from Ihatov
adapted and directed by Natsu Onoda Power


June 6-23, 2024

  • Thursdays at 7:30pm
  • Fridays at 7:30pm
  • Saturdays at 2 and 7:30pm
  • Sundays at 2pm

1st Stage
1524 Spring Hill Road
Tysons, VA 22102

  • $25-$55 general admission
  • $15 students, educators, and military

Purchase online at www.1ststage.org or call 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 7 Helen Hayes Awards in 2023. 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 2022-2023. 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 theatre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.