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The Alden In McLean Announces Its 2013-2014 Season of Music, Theatre, Dance, Puppetry, Film and Family Events


***Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform his solo concert “Simply Broadway” at the Alden***



7/25/13, McLean, VA—The Alden in McLean, Virginia, announces its 2013-2014 season of international touring artists. Season highlights will include the return of the Alden’s silent film with live music series, performances by the American Shakespeare Center on Tour, Theatre Unspeakable’s “Superman 2050,” and a rare chance to hear Broadway baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell in the intimate, 383-seat performing arts venue.


Stokes is not only a Tony Award winner, but he has also appeared on screens big and small, including recent appearances on “Glee.” He is a favorite in the DC area, regularly performing to capacity crowds in the region’s 1,000 and 2,000-seat venues. With his latest venture, “Simply Broadway,” Stokes invites audiences to get cozy with him, and the Alden is an ideal hall to snuggle up with Broadway’s “Last Leading Man” (The New York Times). Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Tickets go on sale at www.aldentheatre.org on Thursday, Aug. 1.


Returning for a third season is Classics of the Silent Screen, the Alden’s series of silent movies with live accompaniment. Curated especially for The Alden by composer Ben Model and film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton, the series aims to both entertain and educate. Ben and Bruce introduce the films, giving a bit of history and trivia about each one, and encourage questions after the screenings. In between, Bruce runs the 16mm projector— oftentimes showing prints that he himself has restored—and Ben improvises a soundtrack on the Steinway. Each score is composed extemporaneously as the films play—talk about original music! Whether one is a film buff, a music fan or just likes to try something a little different, audiences always come away raving about the experience.


On Saturday, Jan. 25, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) on Tour will return to the Alden with their brisk and accessible productions of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Othello.” To celebrate, January will be Shakespeare Month at the Alden. The month will kick off with a free screening of the movie musical “Kiss Me, Kate” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, a perfect time for retirees or anyone wanting to play hooky from work. On Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m., The Alden’s silent film series will feature a selection of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-inspired silent shorts in “The Rest is Silence: Silent Shakespeare.” Then on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare experts from the Folger and the Shakespeare Theatre will demystify the Bard in a free workshop, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” The experts will not only give you tips for getting the most out of any of Shakespeare’s works, but they will also discuss ASC’s performance style and what to expect from their productions.


Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A) will once again be the Alden’s Artist-in-Residence. This will be the third season of the residency, which doubled in audience attendance last season. In addition to world-premiere performances at the Alden in the spring, CKM&A will have events throughout the year to connect audiences with contemporary dance. “Dance and Dessert” is an informal opportunity for regional choreographers to share works-in-progress. Refreshments are served while dancers perform the pieces, and then Morgan leads the group through Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. The artists have the opportunity to receive feedback while their work is still in process, and audiences get a unique first look at the development of new contemporary dance pieces.



Other season offerings include:


Kids and Family


ArtsPower’s production of
“The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle”
Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
Recommended for ages 4+. Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main-line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main-line engine? This dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays the timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship. Based on the book “The Little Engine That Could”™ (Original Classic Edition) by Watty Piper.




Ustad Shafaat Khan
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
In the world of Indian classical music, Ustad Shafaat Khan has distinguished himself around the world for his virtuosity in the sitar, surbahar and tabla. Khan’s musical heritage can be traced back to the 16th century to the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. He is the son of the legendary sitar and surbahar Maestro Ustad Imrat Khan and nephew of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He has crossed into Western popular music, having played with Stevie Wonder at Bonnaroo. Discover the world of Indian classical music and learn why The Washington Post said of Maestro Khan, "Virtuoso... classical purity... astonishing individuality.”


Kids and Family


Theatre IV presents
“Johnny Appleseed”
Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.