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County of Fairfax, Virginia
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre
at the McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA 22101

Media Contact: Sabrina Anwah
Director of Communications
703-790-0123/TTY: 711


Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The Alden in McLean Takes Its “Show on the Road” to Offer Patrons Access to Performing Arts Insiders and Events in the DC Metro Area

McLean, Va.—Beginning in February, The Alden in McLean is offering an exciting new series of “VIP Performing Arts Experiences,” one-of-a-kind, theatre-going events with transportation and exclusive access to industry insiders. Trip dates and destinations are: Saturday, Feb. 10 (“Light Years” at Signature Theatre); Sunday, Feb. 25 (“Familiar” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre); Sunday, March 4 (“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at Weinberg Center); Saturday, April 7 (“The Wiz” at Ford’s Theatre) and Saturday, April 28 (Washington National Opera’s “The Barber of Seville” at The Kennedy Center). Ticket prices vary and advance registration is required. The trips will depart from and return to Dolley Madison Library, at 1244 Oak Ridge Ave.

Members of The Alden’s professional staff will host these deluxe excursions, accompanying the tour group on their adventures while sharing insights into the selected productions. Limited to only 20 patrons, the tour group will meet in McLean, then board a motor coach that will whisk it off to a noted restaurant for a delicious pre-performance meal. A special guest, such as the playwright, a member of the creative team or an industry expert, will join the group for a discussion. Afterwards, the group will be transported to the venue to see the performance. Finally, during the trip back to McLean, the Alden staff will lead a post-performance discussion with patrons.

Signature Theatre
World Premiere of “Light Years” by Robbie Schaefer
Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.
$310/$240 MCC tax district residents*

Eddie From Ohio’s Robbie Schaefer crafts a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait featuring award-winning actor Bobby Smith. Enriched with beautiful folk-rock music, inventive lyrics and Robbie’s disarming humor, “Light Years” is a deeply personal tale of his father’s escape from Nazi Germany and how his history affected the father-son relationship. Before the show, the group will enjoy an Italian dinner at Osteria da Nino with a Signature Theatre VIP (to be announced). Schaefer will join the group after the performance for an exclusive tour and private talkback.
*The fee includes private, round-trip transportation from McLean, dinner at Osteria da Nino (excluding alcoholic beverages), a ticket to “Light Years,” exclusive time with a Signature Theatre staff member and a talkback with composer and star Robbie Schaefer. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 10.


Woolly Mammoth Theatre
“Familiar” by Danai Gurira
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m.
$215/$165 MCC tax district residents*

Danai Gurira isn’t just a formidable force as Michonne on “The Walking Dead”—she’s also a Tony-nominated playwright. Her latest play has been called “fiercely funny” by The New York Times, and Woolly Mammoth has perfected the art of producing her work, having staged all of Gurira’s rowdy and affectionate shows. The group will be joined by two artists from the “Familiar” creative team for a delicious pre-performance brunch at Dirty Habit. A member of Woolly Mammoth’s staff will facilitate the discussion, allowing patrons to dig deeper into the theatrical experience.

*The fee includes round-trip transportation from McLean, brunch at Dirty Habit (excluding alcoholic beverages) with members of the “Familiar” creative team and a ticket to “Familiar.”
Registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 24.


The Weinberg Center for the Arts
Walnut Street Theatre presents “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” by Ken Ludwig
Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.
$215/$165 MCC tax district residents*

Laughter is elementary, my dear Watson! The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one and Sherlock Holmes—along with Dr. Watson—must crack the case. Witness five talented actors playing 40 quirky characters, and venture deep into a world filled with disguises, silly accents and murderous deceit. Upon arriving in beautiful Frederick, Md., you’ll join a very special surprise VIP guest for brunch at Volt and get some free time in old town before attending the hilarious whodunit. Before returning to McLean, our group will have a private tour of the historic Weinberg Center, built in 1926 as an opulent silent-movie cinema.

*The fee includes round-trip transportation to Frederick from McLean, brunch at Volt (excluding alcoholic beverages) with a special surprise VIP guest, a ticket to “Baskerville,” and a private tour of the historic Weinberg Center for the Arts. Registration deadline is Thursday, Feb. 1.


Ford’s Theatre
“The Wiz”
Saturday, April 7, 2 p.m.
$270/$205 MCC tax district residents*

Ease on down the road to Ford’s Theatre to catch the Motown version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Patrons will enjoy a scrumptious brunch at Cedar and be joined a musical-theatre expert who will talk about the history of “The Wiz,” its evolution from an all-white musical to an all-black classic and its role in African American theatre and culture. This musical is family friendly and recommended for audiences ages 9 and older. As part of the VIP experience, The Alden staff will give an overview of audience etiquette and prepare our younger participants for a theatrical experience.

*Includes private round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Wiz,” brunch and non-alcoholic beverages at Cedar, and exclusive time with a guest from the arts industry. Registration deadline is Monday, March 5.


Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center
Opening night of “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
$435/$335 MCC tax district residents*

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! Rossini’s effervescent comedy sweeps onto the Kennedy Center stage with some of the hottest talent around. Your Alden staff hosts for the evening have opera experience both onstage and off. We’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at The Roof Terrace (alcoholic beverages not included) with special guest artists from the Washington National Opera. Please note that while formal attire is not required, because this performance is opening night, guests are welcome to wear their finest or most creative clothing.

*Includes private round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Barber of Seville” in the orchestra section of the Kennedy Center Opera House, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and an intimate conversation with members of the Washington National Opera musical staff.  Registration deadline is Thursday, March 22.


Tickets are on sale now! For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For dietary restrictions or ADA accommodations, please contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-296-8385.


About The Alden
Established in 1975, the Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.


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The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.