Archive for the ‘Productions’ Category


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, 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:
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:


Read The Clockmaker feature on page 6 in this week’s Fairfax Connection

April 23, 2011

There is a great article by David Siegel in this week’s Fairfax Connection (page 6) that showcases about our upcoming production of THE CLOCKMAKER. The article includes an overview of the show, and quotes the director and cast members! Check it out!


Kirsten Kelly Provides Vision and Direction

April 15, 2011

Award-winning stage director, Kirsten Kelly brings her vision and insight to The Hub Theatre’s production of The Clockmaker.

Director, The ClockmakerKirsten is a film and theatre director and theatre educator who lives in New York city. Her film credits include: “Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint” short film (Beyond The Machine concert, Lincoln Center); “Asparagus! (Stalking the American Life)” (award-winning feature documentary on the 2006-7 film festival circuit; DVD released May 2008); “Juilliard Electronic Ensemble: Beyond The Machine Mission Video”. She was the Production Manager for three National Geographic Explorer episodes, “Science of Babies,” “Ultimate Hippos,” and “Inside North Korea with Lisa Ling.” Her theatre directing credits include: Co-creator of “CPS! Shakespeare” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet, Chicago Shakespeare (adaptations with cast of Chicago Public HS students and teachers), the Washington D.C. premiere of Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gillman (Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Direction), the midwest/Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage (After Dark Award, Best Director), and Savage Love/Tongues with the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, Lincoln Center.

For The Hub Theatre’s production of The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Kirsten Kelly  runs at The Hub from April 29 – May 22. Tickets are now on sale at


Meet the Cast! Hello Andrés Talero!

April 15, 2011

Adolphus in The Hub Theatre's production of The ClockmakerAndrés Talero (Adolphus) is excited to be working with Hub Theatre for the first time! Previous credits include Waywayd Theatre: Freud Meets Girl (Oscar); Constellation Theatre: The Ramayana (Vibishana/Ensemble); Rorschach Theatre: Living Dead in Denmark (Horatio); Catalyst Theatre Company: Roundheads and Peakheads (Lopez), 1984 (Philpot); Doorway Arts Ensemble: Anima (James), GALA Hispanic Theatre: Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue (Elliot), Valor (Tomillo), Agravio y Mujer. Andrés has also performed in the 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 Young Playwrights’ Theatre Festival for YPT. Andrés received his Bachelor’s in Theatre in 2006 from the University of Maryland. He would like to thank his family and amazing wife Lacey for her love and support.

For The Hub Theatre’s production of The Clockmaker, Andrés will play the role of Adolphus. The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Kirsten Kelly  runs at The Hub from April 29 – May 22. Tickets are now on sale at


Meet the Cast! Here’s Helen Pafumi!

April 13, 2011

Frieda in The Hub Theatre's production of THE CLOCKMAKERHelen Pafumi co-founded The Hub Theatre in April of 2008. In addition to her work at The Hub, Helen works an actor in many DC area theatres, including Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J, Forum Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Didactic Theatre, The Inkwell, the Beckett Centenary Festival, Vpstart Crow, Madcap Players, and Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre. She has also appeared in numerous independent films and area commercials. In addition Helen works as a freelance graphic designer, does dialect coaching for George Mason University’s theatre program and has choreographed for Bouncing Ball productions. She has taught acting and/or dance for Five Star Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Northern Virginia Center for Dance and Theatre and the Reston Community Center. Helen holds a BA in Theatre from Virginia Tech.

For The Hub Theatre’s production of The Clockmaker, Helen will play the role of Frieda. The Clockmaker by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Kirsten Kelly  runs at The Hub from April 29 – May 22. Tickets are now on sale at


Merry Happy…What? Brings Snow!

December 21, 2010

I couldn’t believe it last Thursday when I looked out my window and saw beautiful snow flakes falling from the sky. Having been to the opening of Merry Happy…What? the night before, I couldn’t help but think, “Did we make it snow?”

If you have been to the show already, then you know what I mean and, well, if you haven’t been yet, then what are you waiting for? Celebrate this magical time of year with Molly, David, Edna and their friends as they hope and pray for snow and celebrate their respective holidays.

We have plenty of shows left for you to enjoy so bundle up and get on over to the John Swayze Theatre of The New School of Northern Virginia.

431 Silver King Court
Fairfax, Va 22031

21, 22, 23 December at 11am and 1pm

More information available at:

See ya there! Don’t forget your mittens!

-Scarlet Rose