Avant Bard Theatre celebrates a grateful return to the stage

Two productions cut short by COVID will be revived: Lauren Gunderson’s ‘Ada and the Machine’ and Tennessee Williams’s ’Suddenly Last Summer.'

Avant Bard Theatre has announced its 2021/22 season, which marks a grateful return to live theater after more than a year of remote performances and programming. This season also marks the first under Avant Bard’s five producing partners: artistic leaders Megan Behm, DeMone Seraphin, Alyssa Sanders, Dina Soltan, and Sara Barker. 

Two Avant Bard Theatre productions cut short by COVID in spring 2020 will be revived in spring 2022: Lauren Gunderson’s ‘Ada and the Machine’ (featuring Dina Soltan, left) and Tennessee Williams’s ’Suddenly Last Summer’ (featuring Sara Barker, right). Photos by DJ Corey Photography.

Next season begins with a weekend of outdoor performances of East of the Sun and West of the Moon, featured as part of the Arlington Cultural Affairs’s fall spotlight series at Lubber Run Amphitheatre, and premiering the weekend of September 17, 2021. 

In September and October, Avant Bard will revive its popular Scripts in Play Festival, premiering September 24 at Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, which will showcase exciting new plays by rising playwrights. Moving to a workshop format, the plays will receive two staged readings: the first after several workshop rehearsals with the playwright and the second after an “adjustment rehearsal” informed by audience feedback from the first staged reading. 

“Avant Bard Theatre is committed to the cultivation of new voices. Scripts in Play discovers new voices and makes room for rising talent in the theatre world. This is especially important as theater and artists return to the stage after more than a year away,” said Avant Bard Producing Partner DeMone Seraphin.  

The season continues with How I Learned What I Learned, by August Wilson, premiering in December. In the spring of 2022, Avant Bard will stage two shows unexpectedly canceled in 2020, Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson and Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams.  

Avant Bard Theatre’s producing partners

After a year of immense hardship for theaters across the DC region and nationwide, Avant Bard is thrilled to bring cutting-edge and innovative productions back in front of in-person audiences.

“Theater has been tested to the highest degree over the past 18 months. In that time, we have all developed a stronger appreciation for the local theater that strengthens our communities. As a long-time affiliate and supporter, I am so happy to see Arlington’s Avant Bard return for another season,” said Avant Bard artistic veteran Bill Newman.

Avant Bard Theatre is an Arlington-based performing arts organization dedicated primarily to producing classic works — both time-tested and contemporary classics; emphasizing a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting; and training and showcasing the best emerging talent in the region, mentored by seasoned, professional theater artists. Avant Bard’s mission is expressed through its commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration, developing talent, and promoting educational and social outreach.

For more information on upcoming shows visit Avant Bard’s website.


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