Reston Community Center Announces 2022-2023 Professional Touring Artist Series

Tickets on sale for Reston residents and employees on August 1

Reston Community Center (RCC) proudly announces the 2022-2023 Professional Touring Artist Series (PTAS) at CenterStage. The season offers an exciting mix of new artists, and those Reston has come to know and love. Tickets will be available to Reston residents and employees on August 1 and to the general public on August 8.

The 2022 – 2023 PTAS season includes a special anniversary program from the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows program; a talk by author and activist Heather McGhee; music by Terri Lyne Carrington and social studies; and an evening with renowned theater artist Ping Chong, who will be participating in an artist-in-residence program at Reston this season.

“We are thrilled to have a full roster of performers under the Professional Performing Arts Series in 2022-23,” said RCC Director of Arts and Culture Paul Douglas Michnewicz. “We have several special events, including performances by some of the most beloved National Heritage Fellows and a residency by National Medal of Arts winner Ping Chong. We’re also thrilled to welcome back some of Reston’s favorite artists as we sing, dance, laugh, cry and reflect together at CenterStage.

Reston Multicultural Festival
2022 National Heritage Award Scholars

Saturday September 17
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (performance times vary)

Reston Town Square Park in downtown Reston

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Join us at the annual Reston Multicultural Festival, to see nine featured fellows as we mark the 10e year of National Heritage Fellows at Reston and the 40e anniversary of the NEA program.

Lynda Barry, painter, draftsman, commentator

Saturday, October 1, 8:00 p.m..

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Join cartoonist and writer Lynda Barry for commentary, humor and inspiration.

Slow stirring

Monday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

An HBO original documentary from director Sonja Sohn (HBO’s Baltimore Uprising and Thread) chronicles the still-unsolved death of Baltimore Police Detective Sean Suiter, who was shot in 2017 while on duty, and explores ongoing speculation about what really happened that day. This film is part of the Washington West Film Festival and will be followed by a live chat with producer Mahrya MacIntire.

Joe Blue
As NOT seen on TV

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m.

$25 Reston / $35 Non-Reston

Josh Blue, winner of Last Standing Comic in 2006 and finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2021, has become an established comedy headliner in theaters around the world. Her stand-up routine is ever-changing and her improvisational skills ensure that no two shows are alike.

Trout fishing in America

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.

$5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston

Trout Fishing in America is the longtime, four-time Grammy-nominated musical partnership between Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. A willingness to both poke fun at our most boring daily habits and then touch our hearts with tender, passionate images of family life is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and its audience so compelling and heart touching.

Youn Sun Nah, jazz singer

Saturday, November 19, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Recognized throughout Europe and Asia, Youn Sun Nah has built an impressive following performing on some of the biggest stages in the world.

Lulu’s Fall
Between two worlds

Wednesday, December 14, 8 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Broadway singer, dancer and actress Lulu Fall infuses a global perspective into her musical performance.

Lúnasa with guest artist MALINDA

Saturday December 17, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

$25 Reston / $35 Non-Reston

Named after an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of Ireland’s finest musical talent. Its members helped form the backbone of some of the biggest Irish bands of the decade. Rising star MALINDA will open for these giants of Irish music, delighting with her effervescent voice and touching songwriting.

Mark G. Meadows
Music and movement

Sunday, January 15, 2:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Join Mark G. Meadows & The Movement as they pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a unifying sound that breaks down social barriers using jazz, gospel, R&B, hip-hop and rock.

Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary Celebration Keynote and Community Luncheon

Heather McGhee, author of The sum of us

Monday, January 16, 11 a.m.

$5 Reston / $20 Non-Reston

Recognized specialist in the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both his viral TED talk and his moment New York Times Bestseller The sum of us reveal the true devastating cost of racism – not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply moving, intelligent and compassionate, McGhee’s speeches offer us an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical – and troubled – times in history. The ticket price includes the community lunch.

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Sciences

Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 p.m.

$25 Reston / $35 Non-Reston

Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, educator and activist Terri Lyne Carrington launches her new band, Social Science, to boldly confront social justice issues.

Sephardic Trio
Songs of Love and Loss, Sorrow and Hope: Women in Sephardic Song

Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Musicians Howard Bass, Tina Chancey and Susan Gaeta perform a collection of beautiful Sephardic music drawn from the rich heritage of Turkish, Balkan, Middle Eastern and North African traditions.

An evening with Ping Chong

Wednesday, March 15, 8 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Theater artist and National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong will join the Reston Community Center for a conversation about theater and social transformation. Chong will share his visually stunning and socially compelling work – ranging from puppet theater to large-scale multi-disciplinary projects to community programs – which have been performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues.

Generation Boost: Reston

Friday, March 24, 8 p.m.

Saturday March 25, 8:00 p.m.

$10 Reston / $15 Non-Reston

Renowned New York theater troupe Ping Chong and Company will partner with Reston Community Center and local theater artist Tuyet Pham to create Generation Boost: Restonto uplift and share real-life stories of teenagers from Reston, VA, reflecting on the challenges and joys of growing up in Reston during a time of pandemic and global upheaval.

Shakespeare Company Discount
The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)

by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Sunday April 1, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

$25 Reston / $35 Non-Reston

Shakespeare’s Reduced Company The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Molière to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily show and Anthony Weiner.

Mr. Vaudeville and Friends presents: It’s Vaudeville!

Saturday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.

$5 Reston / $10 Non-Reston

Join Buddy Silver, the self-proclaimed Mr. Vaudeville, in another hilarious situation the whole family will enjoy.

Suzanne Simard, author
Find the mother tree

Saturday April 15, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer at the frontier of plant communication and intelligence and has been hailed as a scientist who conveys complex and technical ideas in a dazzling and profound way.

The lost art of dreaming
Choreographed by Sean Dorsey

Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

San Francisco’s Sean Dorsey Dance returns to Reston with The lost art of dreaming, which invites the public to reflect and dream about our future… at a time when we need it most.

BETTY

Saturday June 3, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Indie pop trio BETTY, Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass, guitar) and sisters Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar, electronic programming) and Amy Ziff (vocals and cello), use seductive melodies, compelling lyrics and iconic harmonies to create legendary shows that blend music, performance, politics and comedy. BETTY will appear at the Reston Pride Festival earlier today.

Unless otherwise stated, all performances are held at CenterStage, located at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Additional information on each performance is available online at www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Tickets will be available for purchase as follows:

August 1: Sales Open to Reston Residents and Employees, 4:00 p.m.
Residents and employees of Little District 5 can purchase tickets. Proof of residency or employment status may be required.

August 8: Sales Open to the General Public; Start of online sales, 4:00 p.m.
The general public, as well as Reston residents and employees, can purchase tickets.

The opening hours of the ticket office are as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Two hours before curtain time for each performance


In the photo above:
Photos, left to right: Ping Chong (Credit: Ken Nadel), Mark G. Meadows (Credit: Courtesy of Mark G. Meadows), Heather McGhee (Credit: Courtesy of Heather McGhee)

About Reston Community Center

Each year, RCC provides more than 2,000 positive personal development experiences that improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in Reston. RCC offers a wide range of programs in the arts, water sports, enrichment and lifelong learning. We also create and maintain community traditions through special events, outreach and facility rentals. To find the right programs or events for you, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.

Fairfax County is committed to non-discrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For more information, contact the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, TTY 711 or visit the website at www.restoncommunitycenter.com. The Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. The Reston Community Center is fully handicapped accessible and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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