rehearsals start next week!

October 11, 2013

carried away show art

carried away on the crest of a wave
November 15 – December 8, 2013


Love 101

March 19, 2012

Rehearsals began this week for John & Beatrice.  It’s a lovely group to be with every day.  We all know each other and so the conversations about the play are open and easy.  It’s so interesting to tackle a play about love and relationships with people who are all familiar with one another.  It skips any awkward introductory period, and goes straight to the discussions of depth.  The shorthand is immensely helpful to the discovery of the play.

It also has given rise to us all sharing stories of past relationships.  No kissing and telling mind you, just revelations about how we have navigated tough moments with partners, or even more, what we learned from past loves.

So I put it out to you.  What is your greatest lesson in love?  What is the most helpful thing you have learned from a failed relationship?  Feel free to post anonymously!

John & Beatrice are struggling in their relationship – help them with a little love advice.


A Wonderful Opening!

December 3, 2011

Jason Lott as George Bailey

We opened WONDERFUL LIFE last night.  It was a lovely night, and what was incredibly clear was that this story still resonates today.  It may take place decades ago, but economic trials, family hardships, and the struggle to attain our dreams, are universal and timeless.  Luckily so are faith, hope, love and generosity.  And they seem to trump all the negatives.

Thank you to everyone who helped bring this show to life.  Now come and see it! Buy tickets here!



November 26, 2011

We are busy putting together all the technical elements of WONDERFUL LIFE. It feels like we are working to create something new, and something nostalgic all in one. Nostalgia originally meant ‘to return home’. I like to think of The Hub as a home. Hopefully you are planning on returning “home” to The Hub for this engaging holiday piece. Our fabulous production team is doing gorgeous work. In the photo below, from left to right you can see Thomas Sowers, Brooke Robbins, Kyle Grant, Sarah Conte, and Gregg Henry.

For a little fun, here are some quotes from the tech rehearsal:

Thomas:  What were you looking for here?
Helen:  Something seismic, like the universe is ripping apart.
Thomas:  Sure, I have that right here in my sound library.

Gregg:  How is that lighting piece working?
Kyle:  Um… ok.
Gregg:  Why do you sound so sad when you say that?
Kyle:  No its fine.  I’m happy to be with you.

Sarah: This tree is huge.
Brooke:  I know, and it needs a ton more tinsel.

And as I type, in walked… Maria Vetsch, our awesome Costume Designer  for another fitting with my co-adaptor and star of Wonderful Life, Jason Lott.

It’s so lovely to see it all come together.  The last element will be you.  Join us at the theatre – we open next weekend!

-Helen Pafumi


Wonderful Life is just around the corner!

November 16, 2011

Co-Adapted by
Helen Pafumi and Jason Lott
December 2 – 27 2011

The Hub kicks off the mainstage season just in time for the holidays with a world premiere and new take on a seasonal classic. Wonderful Life is based on It’s a Wonderful Life, produced and directed by Frank Capra. The Hub’s Artistic Director, Helen Pafumi, and talented actor and Hub favorite, Jason Lott (The Pavilion and Summer Cabaret), have co-adapted the classic to create a fun new version for the stage. Every holiday season, we follow George Bailey through highs and lows as he struggles to understand his own worth and ultimately finds that life is worth living. The Hub’s new telling features Jason Lott playing all the roles necessary to bring this Christmas tale to life. This exciting and demanding one-person show is sure to delight audiences of all ages this holiday season. Wonderful Life runs at the John Swayze Theatre from December 2 – 27, 2011.

December 2 – 27, 2011
Featuring:  Jason Lott, Director: Gregg Henry Scenic Designer: Brooke Robbins, Lighting Designer: Kyle Grant, Sound Designer: Thomas Sowers, Costume Designer: Maria Vetsch, Stage Manager: Sarah Conte

Tickets are available now by calling 703-674-3177 or visiting our box office webpage.


Love is a Strange Bird

July 6, 2011
Photo by: C. Stanley Photography

There’s a certain buzz around town right now … a buzz about a few feathered friends. Two chinstrap penguins are about to take center stage on July 15 when The Hub hatches the world premiere of Marc Acito’s Birds of a Feather.

This new 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 US. In Birds of a Feather, all of the characters are played by actors, including the bird-brained humans.

Birds of a Feather playwright, 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 and performs singing commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered.

The press is already talking about the show! Joel Markowitz named The Hub’s Birds of a Feather a Top Pick on broadwayworld.com, and David Segal wrote a great story about the show in the Fairfax Connection newspaper.

Demand for this show will likely be high. Buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment at the door! Click here to visit the box office.

The Hub Theatre presents
Birds of a Feather 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)

July 15 – August 7, 2011
Performances at The John Swayze Theatre at the New School of Virginia
9431 Silver King Court
Fairfax, VA 22031
Tickets: $25 adults, $15 children and seniors



Marc Acito, Birds of a Feather Playwright Moderates Same-Sex Adoption Panel

June 22, 2011

Join us on June 24, 2011 – 4:00 pm EST
Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, VA 22102
Free to the public. Registration is required.
To register visit: http://events.SignUp4.net/WeAreFamily
A webcast will be available for remote participants.
The Hub Theatre sponsor, Booz Allen Hamilton, is sponsoring our upcoming world premiere of Marc Acito’s Birds of a Feather. The play recounts the true story of two male penguins in the Central Park zoo who partnered and raised a chick together – through adoption!

Booz Allen has invited Marc Acito to moderate a rich discussion about adoption featuring a panel of experts and it’s open to the community. You’ll hear about the process of adoption, listen to first-hand perspective from those who have gone through it, and learn what you might need to consider before starting the process.

This informative event will shed light on the process of adoption for same-sex (and opposite sex) couples and give you a better understanding what’s involved.

Marc Acito, Award-Winning Author, NPR Personality, and Birds of a Feather Playwright
Janice Goldwater, Executive Director, Adoptions Together, Inc.
Natalie Jackson, Booz Allen Total Rewards
Ellen Kahn, Family Project Director, Human Rights Campaign and Board President, Rainbow Families DC
Roberta Leftwich, Sr. Associate and Adoptive Parent
Valeree Moodee, Booz Allen Employment Practices
Additional Remarks:
Troy Kofroth, Vice President, Booz Allen and Adoptive Parent
Helen Pafumi, Founder and Artistic Director, The Hub Theatre
This event is free and open to the community; however, space is limited and registration is required. To register visit: http://events.SignUp4.net/WeAreFamily