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Cast and Director    
Aaron Bliden   Michael Chamberlin   Phillip Hosford

"Old Wicked Songs at 1st Stage is astounding and among the best plays I have seen this year. "

Old Wicked Songs at 1st Stage gathers power in subtle increments....and captures the imagination."–The Washington Post

"High accolades are due for the 1st Stage production of Old Wicked Songs, a play powered by a heart-tugging premise, precise high-caliber acting,...that opens anyone’s heart to tenderness."
–The Connection Newspapers

"Old Wicked Songs is a deeply moving work and it receives a top-notch production from 1st Stage."

"Old Wicked Songs is one of those rarest of things – a flawless production with tremendous humanity, and an emotional wallop you’re not likely to experience again."—mdtheatreguide.com

"Between the fine show and the accompanying recital, it really shows how music is stronger than words and that music can express sorrowful sadness, yet in a instance can liven you up with infinite joy."



April 10 – May 17, 2015
Old Wicked Songs

By Jon Marans
Directed by Michael Chamberlin

Hoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that’s plagued his career, Stephen Hoffman, an arrogant young American piano prodigy, ventures to Vienna and finds himself in the hands of a passionate master-teacher. It seems impossible that they will ever get along, much less work together. One is European, one American; one old-fashioned, the other modern; one passionate, the other technically precise; and finally, one a seeming anti-Semite, and the other a Jew. Only music—their one common bond—releases the burning emotions of the teacher and melts the frigidity of the student.



Sunday, April 19th
Talkback lead by Cantor
Michael Shochet of Temple Rodef Shalom

Join us after the 2pm performance to discuss spirituality, Judaism, and the redemptive power of music as seen in Old Wicked Songs.


Saturday, April 25th
Talkback with Artistic Director Alex Levy and members of the Old Wicked Songs cast.
After the 2pm show, we will meet with some of the artists behind Old Wicked Songs to talk about the process and creation of this moving piece.


Sunday, April 26th
Panel discussion with Cantor Matthew Klein of Congregation Beth El and guests.
We'll hear from Hazzan Klein and a member of his congregation, both of whom have ties to Jewish spiritual music and the history of Vienna at the time Old Wicked Songs takes place




In the Art Gallery

James River Wetlands

Jane Hixson
Jane Hixson, a six-time national award winner, has been painting since the age of 5 and won her first art prize at 8. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, holds a BFA degree from Syracuse University, and was selected to be an artist-in-residence in Bermuda. More of her work can be seen at The Shaggy Ram in Middleburg.

Artist Reception:
April 26, 12:30

Gallery curator: Deborah Conn, deborahconn@verizon.net



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