A few weeks ago, my dear friend and artistic director of The HUB Theatre, Helen Pafumi and I connected about the role of women in artistic leadership. It was a phone call in the middle of the day. We spoke about aesthetic vision, cultural awareness, and access to opportunities. We spoke about what is and isn't expected of us as women in the theatre. We spoke about intentions, courage and the various ways we could serve our community. It was an unexpected and invigorating conversation that shifted my perspective in an interesting, surprising and irreversible way.
I'll be sharing more on all of that soon. For now, it is my great pleasure to feature The HUB Theatre's current production, A MAN, HIS WIFE AND HIS HAT by Lauren Yee under the direction of Shirley Serotsky, which opens this weekend. Over the next few days, I'll be sharing interviews with Helen, Shirley and Lauren. This is a unique and beautiful play that you won't want to miss.
A Man, His Wife and His Hat
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
In A Man, His Wife, and His Hatwe meet Hetchman, a retired hatmaker—perhaps the finest hatmaker ever—who loves his hat more than anything. Except maybe his wife. He loves her too. When BOTH go missing, Hetchman vows to find them, and will stop at nothing to do so. But, can he muster the strength and energy to leave the comfort of his armchair? A fantastical series of events threatens to derail his endeavor. In Yee’s time-bending, mind zapping world, people float away and hats serenade their wearers in ethereal clarinet melodies. Lost memories are sealed inside jars. And life is accompanied by a talking wall and a hungry golem. In this world where anything can happen, only the force of love can hold you to the ground. Following a successful staged reading in 2012, The Hub Theatre is thrilled to present this fully staged DC Premiere of this klezmer-inspired love triangle between a man, his wife ... and his hat.
Playwright: Lauren Yee
Director: Shirley Serotsky
Original Music: Eric Shimelonis
Scenic Design: Leigh-Ann Friedel
Lighting Design: Kenneth Wills
Sound Design: Patrick Calhoun
Costume Design: Kelsey Hunt
Props Design: Suzanne Maloney
Stage Manager: Rebecca Griffith
Photography: Colin Hovde
Hetchman: Sasha Olinick
Hetchman's WIfe: Kerri Rambow
Meckel: Maboud Ebrahimzadeh
Voice: Kristen Garaffo
Gabe: Daniel Corey
Golem: Chris Stinson
Where: The Hub Theatre, in residence at The John Swayze Theatre
New School of Northern Virginia, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Performance Dates: April 5 - 28, 2013
Curtain Times: Fridays: 8:00 pm; Saturdays: 2:00 & 8:00 pm; Sundays: 2:00 pm
Ticket Prices: $15 - $30
Tickets Available: www.thehubtheatre.org OR www.boxofficetickets.com OR 800-494-8497
The Hub Theatre is an award winning, professional non-profit theatre making its home in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Hub Theatre is a member Theatre Washington. The Hub has received grants from Target, the Fink Foundation, the Arts Council of Fairfax, The Friends of Lake Anne, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax, Integrity Applications, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
The Hub Theatre endeavors to produce work that highlights our common humanity, providing a theatrical experience that is at once challenging and inclusive. We strive to be the physical center of a dynamic circle of story, art, and community, to create the transcendent exchange unique to live theatre.
I'm a playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist. It is here where you'll find my queries and musings on life, theater and the world. My posts advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity in the American Theatre and updates on my own work. Please enjoy!