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Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia)

OverviewEdit

Founded in 1989,[2] Signature Theatre is known for its productions of contemporary musicals and plays, reinventions of classic musicals, and development of new work. Under the leadership of Co-Founder and Artistic Director Eric D. Schaeffer and Managing Director Maggie Boland, the company has staged 56 world premiere productions, including 19 new musical commissions. Signature is home to the single largest musical theater commissioning project in the United States, The American Musical Voices Project.

Cameron Mackintosh, Terrence McNally, James Lapine, John Kander, and Fred Ebb are among those that have presented works here. Since 1991, Signature has had a long relationship with Stephen Sondheim, producing 30 of his musicals, revues and concerts—more than any other professional theater in the country.[3]

The theatre established a Sondheim Award "as a tribute to America's most influential contemporary musical theatre composer". The first award, to Stephen Sondheim, was presented at an April 27, 2009 benefit with performances by Bernadette Peters, Michael Cerveris, Will Gartshore and Eleasha Gamble.[4][5][6]

HistoryEdit

In 1989, in response to DC's theater scene that was dominated by large venues that presented mostly traditional plays and the desire to create a “signature” brand of provocative works, graphic designer and performer Eric Schaeffer founded Signature Theatre with actor Donna Migliaccio. Signature first began in Arlington county's Gunston Middle School auditorium, and in 1991 Signature presented their first production of a musical, Sweeney Todd, a stand-out hit, that put Signature on the map, earned four Helen Hayes Awards and solidified Signature’s (and Eric Schaeffer’s) reputation as an intrepid producer of Stephen Sondheim’s work.

In 1993, Signature Theatre converted an defunct auto garage into a 136 blackbox theater, and remained there for the following thirteen years. While in the “garage,” Signature grew into one of the Washington area’s leading producers of musical theater.

In January 2007, Signature completed a $16 million capital campaign for a dramatic new two-theater facility that tripled its former garage space and now serves as the cultural anchor of Arlington’s Village at Shirlington.

In June 7, 2009, Signature received theater’s highest artistic honor – the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award® – in recognition of artistic excellence.

Today, attracting talent from the DC metropolitan region and New York, Signature has grown to reach more than 100,000 people annually from the Washington, DC region and beyond and garners praise from local and national press including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, BroadwayWorld.com, Playbill, Time, Variety, USA Today and American Theatre. Signature has won 107 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in the Washington, DC region’s professional theater and has been honored with 431 nominations.

FacilitiesEdit

 
Exterior of Signature Theatre above the Shirlington Library. The doors to the library are on the right, the theater entrance on the left. The lobby is behind the 14' high by 140' long second floor glass wall

In 1989 Signature Theatre began production in the Arlington County Gunston Arts Center.[7] This original home was in the library of a former middle school which had been converted to a black box theater. They rapidly outgrew this facility and in 1993 acquired a defunct Auto Bumper Plating shop, AKA "The Garage", which they converted into a 136-seat black box.[8] In 2007, however, in partnership with Arlington County, Virginia, Signature moved into a new $16 million theater complex built in The Village at Shirlington.[3][9] The first floor of the building houses the Shirlington Branch of the Arlington County Public Library.[10] The upper three floors house the theater. The complex has an industrial decor, with exposed particle board, pipes and metal sheeting. It includes two state-of-the-art black box theaters. The larger, christened "Max" in honor of Maxine Isaacs, seats 275 and can expand to accommodate 350 patrons. The smaller "Ark", named in honor of Arlene and Robert Kogod, can hold 99. The theaters are built as "square box within a square box, floating on hockey pucks. At $30 a puck. It is built like a soundstage" In addition to the two performance spaces, the complex contains a lobby, meeting rooms, three rehearsal spaces, four individual dressing rooms, three shared dressing rooms, three showers, a cast greenroom, a separate orchestra greenroom, three kitchen areas, scene, prop, and costume shops.[3][11] The large lobby was named by donors Gilbert and Jaylee Mead in honor Gilbert's late son Rob Mead.[3]


Notable past productionsEdit

Production HistoryEdit

1990 - 1991 SeasonEdit

1991 - 1992 SeasonEdit

  • Sweeney Todd, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 27 - September 21, 1991
  • Eagle River, by Paulette Lauffer. Directed by Dorothy Newman; January 8 - February 1, 1992
  • The Wall of Water, by Sherry Kramer. Directed by Gloria Dugan; April 1 - April 25, 1992
  • The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, by Preston Jones. Directed by Donald R. Martin; June 24 - July 18, 1992

1992 - 1993 SeasonEdit

1993 - 1994 SeasonEdit

  • Company, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; October 19 - November 27, 1993
  • Raft of the Medusa, by Joe Pintauro. Directed by Wallace Action; January 11 - March 5, 1994
  • Vera, by Roland Reed. Directed by Marcia Gardner; January 18 - March 4, 1994
  • Abundance, by Beth Henley. Directed by Dorothy Newman; March 15 - April 23, 1994
  • Wings - The Musical, book & lyrics by Arthur Perlman, music by Jeffrey Lunden; May 10 - June 18, 1994

1994 - 1995 SeasonEdit

  • Into The Woods, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 28 - October 23 1994
  • Otabenga, by John Strand. Directed by Michael Kahn; November 16 - December 17, 1994
  • Poor Super Man, by Brad Fraser. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; January 17 - February 11, 1995
  • First Lady Suite, by Michael John Lachuisa. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; March 14 - April 15, 1995
  • Lu Anne Hampton Laverty Oberlander, by Preston Jones. Directed by Donald R. Martin; May 9 - June 10, 1995
  • Here to Stay, by Norman Allen. Directed by Normal Allen; May 20 - June 17, 1995

1995 - 1996 SeasonEdit

1996 - 1997 SeasonEdit

  • The Rink, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Terrance McNally. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 21 - October 6
  • Three Nights in Tehran, by John Strand. Directed by Kyle Donnelly; November 15 - December 22, 1996
  • No Way to Treat a Lady, by Douglas Cohen. Directed by Scott Schwartz; January 22 - March 2, 1997
  • Melville Slept Here, by Norman Allen. Directed by Tom Prewitt; March 28 - May 4, 1997
  • Sunday in the Park with George, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; April 12 - June 15, 1997 (Co-production with arena Stage, Washington, D.C.)

1997 - 1998 SeasonEdit

  • Never the Sinner, by John Logan. Directed by Ethan McSweeney; August 19 - September 30, 1997
  • Working, by Stephen Schwartz & Nina Faso. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; October 28 - December 7, 1997
  • Shooting in Madrid, by Tug Yourgrau. Directed by Tom Prewitt; January 6 - February 23, 1998
  • The Fix, book and lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana Rowe. directed by Eric Schaeffer; March 17 - May 10, 1998
  • A Stephen Sondheim Evening - The Music and Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; May 26 - July 5, 1998

1998 - 1999 SeasonEdit

1999 - 2000 SeasonEdit

  • Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, by Tony Kushner. Directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner
  • Sweeney Todd, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; September 7 - November 13, 1999
  • Floyd Collins, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, book by Tina Landau. Directed by Gordon Greenberg; January 4 - February 13, 2000
  • Available Light, by Heather McDonald. Directed by Heather McDonald; March 7 - April 16, 2000
  • Side Show, music by Henry Kreiger, book and lyrics by Bill Russel. Directed by Joe Calarco; May 9 - June 18, 2000

2000 - 2001 SeasonEdit

  • The Rhythm Club, music by Matthew Sklar, book and lyrics by Chad Bequelin. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; September 5 - October 22, 2000
  • In the Absence of Spring, by Joe Calarco. Directed by Joe Calarco; November 7 - December 17, 2000
  • Gypsy, music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents. Directed by Bayorke Lee; January 9 - February 25, 2001
  • In the Garden, by Normal Allen. Directed by Joe Calarco; March 13 - April 2001
  • Putting it Together, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; May 22 - July 8, 2001

2001 - 2002 SeasonEdit

  • Grand Hotel, music and lyrics by Robert Wright, George Forrest & Maury Yeston, book by Luther Davis. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 21 - October 7, 2001
  • Zander's Boat, by Grace Barnes. Directed by Grace Barnes; October 30 - December 9, 2001
  • The Gospel According to a Fisherman, book and lyrics by Michael Lazar, music and lyrics by Richard Oberacker. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; January 8 - February 24, 2001
  • Hedwig & The Angry Inch, by John Cameron Mitchell & Stephen Trask. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; March 19 - May 11, 2002
  • The Diaries, by John Strand. Directed by P.J. Papernelli; June 4 - July 14, 2002
  • The Rink - In Concert, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Terrance McNally; June 19 - 23, 2002

2002 - 2003 SeasonEdit

  • What the Butler Saw, by Joe Orton. Directed by Jonathan Bernstein; September 3 - October 20, 2002
  • The Christmas Carol Rag, by Norman Allen. Directed by Eric Shaeffer, November 12 - December 29, 2002
  • 110 in the Shade, music by Harvey Schmidt, lyrics by Tom Jones, book by N. Richard Nash. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; January 21 - March 9, 2003
  • Follies, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Goldman. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; April 1 - June 1, 2003
  • Donna Q, by Paulette Laufer. Directed by Jose Carrasquillo; June 17 - July 17, 2003
  • Mack and Mabel - In Concert, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Michael Stewart. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; June 18 - 22, 2003

2003 - 2004 SeasonEdit

2004 - 2005 SeasonEdit

  • One Red Flower, by Paris Barclay. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 17 - October 3, 2004
  • The Highest Yellow, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChuisa, book by John Strand; October 26 - December 12, 2004
  • Fallen From Proust, by Norman Allen. Directed by Joe Calarco; January 11 - February, 2005
  • The Unknowns, by Robin Baitz. Directed by rick DeRoches; March 15 - April, 2005
  • Pacific Overtures, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; May 17 - July 3, 2005

2005 - 2006 SeasonEdit

  • Urinetown, music and lyrics by Mark Hollman, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Directed by Joe Calarco; August 16 - October 16, 2005
  • Yemaya's Belly, Quiara Alegria Hudes, directed by Rick DeRoches; November 8 - December 18, 2005
  • Nevermore, music by Matt Conner, lyrics by Edgar Allen Poe, book by Grace Barnes. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; January 10 - February 26, 2006
  • The Sex Habits of American Women, by Julie Marie Myatt. Directed by Michael Baron; March 28 - May 7, 2006
  • Assassins, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Directed by Joe Calarco; May 30 - July 30, 2006

2006 - 2007 SeasonEdit

  • My Fair Lady, music by Frederick Loewe, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; September 26 - November 25, 2007
  • Into the Woods, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; January 11 - February 25, 2007
  • Crave, by Sarah Kane. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore; January 30 - April 1, 2007
  • Saving Aimee, music by David Pomeranz and David Freidman, book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; April 10 - May 13, 2007
  • Nest, by Bathsheba Dolan. Directed by Joe Calarco; April 24 - June 24, 2007
  • The Witches of Eastwick, music by Dana P. Rowe, book and lyrics by John Dempsey. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; June 5 - July 15, 2007

2007 - 2008 SeasonEdit

  • Merrily We Roll Along, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth. Directed by Eric Shaeffer' Sepetmber 4 - October 14, 2007
  • The Word Begins, written and performed by Steve Connel and Sekou. Directed and developed by Robert Egan; October 2 - December 2, 2007
  • The Studio, written, directed, and performed by Christopher D'Amboise; November 6 - December 9, 2007
  • Glory Days, music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire, book by James Gardiner. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; January 15 - February 17, 2008
  • Kiss of The Spider Woman, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Terrance McNally. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; March 11 - April 20, 2008
  • The Happy Time, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred ebb, book by Richard Nash. Directed by Michael Unger; April 1 - June 1, 2008
  • The Visit, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Terrance McNally. Directed by Frank Galati; May 13 - June 22, 2008

2008 - 2009 SeasonEdit

2009 - 2010 SeasonEdit

  • First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fredd Ebb. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; September 10 - 2009
  • Dirty Blonde, by Claudia Sheer. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore; August 11 - October 4, 2009
  • Show Boat, music by Jerome Kern, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; November 10 - January 17, 2010
  • I Am My Own Wife, by Doug Wright. Directed by Alan Paul; January 12 - March 7, 2010
  • Sweeney Todd, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; February 9 - March 2010
  • [title of show], music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen, book by Hunter Bell. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; March 30 - June 20, 2010
  • Sycamore Trees, book, music, and lyrics by Ricky Ian Gordon. Directed by Tina Landau; May 18 - June 20, 2010

2010 - 2011 SeasonEdit

  • Chess, music by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Richard Nelson. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; August 10 - September 26, 2010
  • A Fox on the Fairway, by Ken Ludwig. Directed by John Rando; October 12 - November 14, 2010
  • Walter Cronkite is dead, written and directed by Joe Calarco; October 26 - December 19, 2010
  • Sunset Boulevard, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book and lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; December 7 - February 13, 2010
  • And the Curtain Rises, Music by Joseph Thalken, lyrics by Mark Campbell, book by Michael Slade. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; March 15 - April 10, 2011
  • Art, by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; March 29 - May 22, 2011
  • Side by Side by Sondheim, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; April 26 - June 12, 2011

2011 - 2012 SeasonEdit

  • The Hollow, music by Matt Conner, book by Hunter Foster. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; August 23 - October 16, 2011
  • The Boy Detective Fails, music and lyrics by Adam Gown, book by Joe Mento. Directed by Joe Calarco; August 25 - October 16, 2011
  • Saturday Night - A Concert, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Phillip Epstein; October 29 - October 30, 2011
  • A Second Chance, book, music, and lyrics by Ted Shen. Directed by Jonathan Butterel; November 15 - December 11, 2011
  • Hairspray, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by March Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by Thomas Meehan. Directed by Eric Shaeffer; November 21 - February 5, 2012
  • Really Really, by Paul Downs Colazzio. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; January 31 - March 24, 2012
  • Brother Russia, music by Dana Rowe, book and lyrics by John Dempsey. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; March 6 - April 15, 2012
  • God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Joe Calarco; April 10 - June 24, 2012
  • Xanadu, Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar, book by Douglas Carter Beane. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; May 8 - July 1, 2012

2012 - 2013 SeasonEdit

2013 - 2014 SeasonEdit

  • Miss Saigon, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. & Alain Boublil. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 16 - October 6, 2013
  • Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, by Paul Downs Colazzio. Directed by Michael Kahn; October 15 - December 8, 2013
  • Crossing, music and lyrics by Matt Conner, book by Grace Barnes. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; October 29 - November 24, 2013
  • Gypsy, music by Jule Sytne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents. Directed by Joe Calarco; December 17 - January 26, 2014
  • Beaches, music by David Austen, lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart, book by Iris Rainer Dart & Thom Thomas. Directed By Eric Schaeffer; February 18 - March 29, 2014
  • Tender Napalm, by Philip Ridley. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; March 18 - May 11, 2014
  • The Threepenny Opera, music by Kurt Weil, book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; April 22 - June 1, 2014
  • Cloak & Dagger, book, music, and lyrics by Ed Dixon. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; June 12 - July 6, 2014

2014 - 2015 SeasonEdit

  • Sunday in the Park with George, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; August 5 - September 21, 2014
  • Elmer Gantry, music by Mel Marvin, lyrics by Bob Satuloff, book by John Bishop. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; October 7 - November 9, 2014
  • Sex with Strangers, by Laura Eason. Directed by Aaron Posner; October 14 - December 7, 2014
  • Diner, music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow, book by Barry Levinson. Directed by Kathleen Marshall; December 9 - January 24, 2015
  • Kid Victory, music by John Kander, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce. Directed by Liesl Tommy; February 17 - March 22, 2015
  • Soon, book, music, and lyrics by Nick Blaemire. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; March 10 - April 26, 2015
  • Simply Sondheim, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Co-conceived by David Loud & Eric Schaeffer, directed by Matthew Gardiner; April 2 - April 19, 2015
  • Cabaret, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; May 12 – June 28, 2015

2015 - 2016 SeasonEdit

  • The Fix, music by Dana Rowe, book and lyrics by John P. Dempsey. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 11 - September 20, 2015
  • Cake Off, music by Adam Gwon, lyrics by Adam Gwon & Julia Jordon, book by Sheri Wilner & Julia Jordan. Directed by Joe Calarco; September 19 - November 22, 2015
  • Girlstar, Music by Brian Feinstein, book and Lyrics by Anton Dudley. Directed by Eric Scaheffer; October 14 - November 15, 2015
  • West Side Story, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthurt Laurents. Directed by Matthew Gardiner, December 8 - January 31, 2016
  • George: My Adventures with Georgie Rose, by Ed Dixon. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; January 8 - February 7, 2016
  • Road Show, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Directed by Gary Griffin; February 16 - March 13, 2016
  • The Flick, by Annie Baker. Directed by Joe Calarco; April 1 - April 24, 2016
  • The Mystery of Love and Sex, by Bathsheba Doran. Directed by Stella Powell Jones; April 5 - May 8, 2016
  • La Cage Aux Folles, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Harvey Fierstein. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; May 31 - July 10, 2016

2016 - 2017 SeasonEdit

  • Jelly's Last Jam, Music by Jelly Roll Morton, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, book by George C. Wolfe. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; August 2 - September 11, 2016
  • The Gulf, by Audrey Cefaly. Directed by Joe Calarco; September 13 – November 6, 2016
  • Freaky Friday, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, book by Bridget Carpenter. Directed by Christopher Ashley; October 4 – November 20, 2016
  • Silver Belles, Music by Matt Conner, lyrics by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith, book by Allyson Currin. Directed by Eric Scaeffer; November 22 – December 31, 2016
  • Titanic, music and by Maury Yeston, book by Peter Stone. Directed by Eric Scaheffer; December 13, 2016 – January 29, 2017
  • Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, by James Lapine; Directed by James Lapine. February 28 – March 26, 2017
  • Midwestern Gothic, music by Josh Schmidt, lyrics by Royce Vavrek and Josh Schmidt, book by Royce Vavrek. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; March 14 – April 30, 2017
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Joe Calarco; May 9 – July 9, 2017

2017 - 2018 SeasonEdit

  • A Little Night Music, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 15 – October 15, 2017
  • An Act of God, by David Javerbaum. Directed by Elanor Holdridge; October 3 – November 26, 2017
  • Crazy For You, music by George Gerswhin, lyrics by Ira Gerswhin, book by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; November 7, 2017 – January 14, 2018
  • 4,380 Nights, by Annalisa Dias. Directed byKathleen Akerley ; January 16 – February 18, 2018
  • Light Years, book, music, and lyrics by Robbie Schaefer. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; February 6 – March 4, 2018
  • John, by Annie Baker. Directed by Joe Calarco; April 3 – April 29, 2018
  • Girlfriend, music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet, book by Todd Almond. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; April 17 – June 17, 2018
  • The Scottsboro Boys, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson. Directed by Joe Calarco; May 22 – July 1, 2018

2018 - 2019 SeasonEdit

  • Passion, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine. Directed by Matthew Gardiner;
  • Heisenberg, by Simon Stephens. Directed by Joe Calarco; September 18 – November 11, 2018
  • Billy Elliot, music by Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, directed by Matthew Gardiner; October 30, 2018 – January 6, 2019
  • Ain't Misbehavin', Music by Fats Waller, conceived by, Richard Maltby, Jr. & Murray Horwitz. Directed by Joe Calarco; January 23 – March 10, 2019
  • Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, by Heather MacDonald. Directed by Nadia Tess; February 26 – April 7, 2019
  • Grand Hotel, music and lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest & Maury Yeston, book by Luther Davis. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; April 2 – May 19, 2019
  • Spunk, by Zora Neale Hurtson, adapted by George C. Wolfe. Directed by Timothy Douglas; April 30 – June 23, 2019
  • Blackbeard, music by Dana Rowe, lyrics by John P. Dempsey. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; June 18 – July 14, 2019

2019 - 2020 SeasonEdit

  • Assasins, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; August 11 - September 29, 2019
  • Escaped Alone, by Caryl Churchill. Directed by Holly Twyford; September 24 – November 3, 2019
  • A Chorus Line, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; October 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
  • Gun & Powder, music by Ross Baum, book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri. Directed by Robert O'Hara; January 28 – February 23, 2020
  • Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes, by Dani Stoller. Directed by Stevie Zimmerman;
  • Camille Claudel, music by Frank Wildhorn, book and lyrics by Nan Knighton. Directed by Eric Schaeffer; March 24 – April 19, 2020
  • Nijinsky’s Last Dance, by Norman Allen. Directed by Joe Calarco; April 14 – May 24, 2020
  • Hair, music by Galt MacDermot, book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado. Directed by Matthew Gardiner; May 19 – July 12, 2020

AwardsEdit

431 Helen Hayes Nominations with 107 Awards (as of 2019) including the following

  • 2015 Outstanding Resident Musical - Sunday in the Park With George
  • 2014 Outstanding Resident Musical - Hello, Dolly!
  • 2013 Outstanding Resident Musical - Dreamgirls
  • 2013 Charles MacArthur Award - Paul Downs Colazzio for Really Really
  • 2011 Outstanding Resident Musical - Hairspray
  • 2009 Outstanding Resident Musical – Les Misérables.[14]
  • 2006 Outstanding Resident Musical – Urinetown.[14]
  • 2005 Outstanding Resident Musical – Allegro.[14]
  • 2001 Outstanding Resident Musical – Side Show.[14]
  • 1999 Outstanding Resident Play – Nijinsky's Last Dance.[14]
  • 1997 Outstanding Resident Musical – Passion.[14]
  • 1995 Outstanding Resident Musical – Into the Woods.[14]
  • 1993 Outstanding Resident Musical – Assassins.[14]
  • 1992 Outstanding Resident Musical – Sweeney Todd.[14]

Programs and membershipsEdit

The Signature Theatre offers a number of programs to both writers and performing artists, and to the community..

  • Signature in the Schools is a program designed for Arlington County high school students, culminating in an annual all-student production.
  • Overtures, a two-week musical theater intensive course for performers age 18 and older, is held to encourage young musical theatre performers in the area. A separate, 'pre-Overtures' program (for ages 14–17) exists for younger students, called "Stage One".
  • The Cabaret series features professional cabaret singers from Washington and New York City.

Signature Theatre is a member of League of Resident Theatres (LORT) using the League administered collective bargaining agreements with Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and United Scenic Artists (USA).[15]

Signature Theatre is a member of the League of Washington Theaters (LOWT).[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Signature Theatre Wins 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award". DCist. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  2. ^ Randy Shulman (5 July 2007). "Signature Style: Eric Schaeffer turned his passion for musicals into Arlington's theatrical crown jewel". Metro Weekly. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  3. ^ a b c d Trescott, Jacqueline (January 11, 2007). "A Signature Space To Match Its Reputation". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Signature Creates Sondheim Award, to Be Presented at April 2009 Gala" Playbill, October 6, 2008
  5. ^ Horwitz, Jane. "Backstage" column Washington Post, October 8, 2008
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Peters and Cerveris Celebrate Sondheim at DC Sondheim Award Gala April 27" Playbill, April 27, 2009
  7. ^ Schaeffer, Eric with Valente, Sarah (2011). My Signature Story. Parker, CO: Outskirts Press Inc. pp. 12, 122. ISBN 978-1-4327-6199-8.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Schaeffer 2011, pp. 32–40.
  9. ^ "New Home for Signature Theatre in Shirlington","Washingtonian.com", January 1, 2007
  10. ^ "Arlington Virginia – Shirlington Library". Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  11. ^ "Signature Theatre Open House Back Stage Tour". 13 January 2007.
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Kiss to Build a Dream On: Chase, Diaz, Foster Ignite Kander & Ebb Festival in DC", Archived 2008-04-15 at the Wayback Machine Playbill.com, March 11, 2008
  13. ^ "Tony Legacy – Search Past Winners – Signature Theatre". Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Helen Hayes Awards Search Recipients – Signature". Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  15. ^ "LORT Member Theatres". Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  16. ^ "Members of the League of Washington Theatres". Retrieved 2009-10-24.

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