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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, 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


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! 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


A Blog Post from Kristen Egermeier

November 10, 2009


I asked the lovely Kristen Egermeier to share some of her  thoughts and experiences since working on The Hub’s production of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! Here’s what she has to say:

One could argue that entertainment can heal the soul, a community, a world.  But what if we added a message and challenge on top of the laughter?  That has the potential to be a medicine like none other.  I believe that Dario Fo brings this school of thought to life with his many works, including We Won’t Pay!  We Won’t Pay! (I will try to keep the rest of my “artist speak,” as one might call my inane ramblings about being alive, in my body, freely moving, taking action, etc, to a minimum.)  The following is an account of some of my experiences and thoughts while working on this intriguing play.

From the first minute that I found out that I would be participating in WWP, the action began.  The researching, reading, and dreaming commenced.  This play not only inspired me, but made me work…hard.  At our first read- through, I knew I was surrounded by immense talent.  Time to step it up!  There is no greater feeling than being in a room with people who want to be there to create a new world with you.

Set up against all odds, we managed to create piece that makes our audiences laugh, and hopefully encourages them to act within their own communities.  Every night after our show and I leave our little theatre, I am reminded that I live in a world that is bigger than me.  There are so many people to help, to sympathize with, to bring joy to.

I have always been drawn to a heightened physicality on stage, and this production really gave me the opportunity to play with that.  From this playing, I discovered that I must be as alive and in control of my body as I aim for when performing this play.  What a blast it is to move to freely even when under the extreme tension and stress of the world our show lives in.

I have never laughed as hard as I have while working on this production.  I was definitely outside of my normal playing zone, so it was a tremendous comfort to share such light moments during our zany piece.

I am excited for our next two weeks of humor, joy, action, community, and will take my doses of these elements accordingly.