Faction of Fools Theatre Company and NextStop Theatre Company present Pinocchio!

For anyone whose feet have longed for adventure and whose heart has longed for home!


Washington, DC/Herndon, VA- Faction of Fools Theatre Company and NextStop Theatre Company are proud to announce their upcoming co-production of PINOCCHIO!, a new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s beloved tale about a marionette’s journey to become a real boy, running March 8-30, 2014 at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon. Written and Directed by Paul Reisman, this production will be the first collaboration by the two DC area theatre companies, as well as Faction’s first play specifically geared toward young audiences.


“Collodi’s story is so lively and adventurous, it’s a perfect match for the theatricality of Commedia,” said Faction of Fools’ Associate Artistic Director, Paul Reisman. “But it’s also got a great heart. Pinocchio’s journey is an exciting roller coaster that’s home again, safe and sound in 50 minutes.”


“It is with tremendous excitement that we set out on this ambitious journey with Faction,” said NextStop’s Artistic Director, Evan Hoffmann. “As one of the newest professional theaters in the DC region, we are honored to be working with the remarkable artists at Faction of Fools to help create such a special production and introduce a new generation to the delightful world of Commedia dell’Arte.”


Five versatile actors will perform dozens of characters in this action-packed adaptation, featuring Jack Novak (Synetic Theatre, Cowardly Christopher Finds His Courage; Washington Improv Theatre), Toby Mulford (Faction, Commedia Christmas Carol, Hamlecchino, R&J; Round House,Amadeus), Hannah Sweet (Faction, Don Juan; Lean and Hungry Theater), Justin Purvis (Faction,Hamlecchino; Washington Improv Theatre), and Alani Kravitz (WSC Avant Bard, Friendship Betrayed; Signature Theatre; The Kennedy Center).


Melding Commedia dell’Arte’s expressive style with Collodi’s fantastical universe is a team of DC’s finest theatrcial designers. Costume Design by Lynly Saunders (Faction’s Lady Becomes Him,R&J, Mandrake; Washington National Opera costume studio), Scenic Design by Daniel Flint (Faction’s Lady Becomes Him, R&J, Mandrake; Taffety Punk), Music Composed by Jesse Terrill (Folger; Constellation; Faction’s Lady Becomes Him, Commedia Christmas Carol, Hamlecchino,R&J, Mandrake), Puppets and Properties Design by Dan Mori (Discovery Theatre; Synetic Family; Adventure MTC), Mask Design by Tara Cariaso (Waxing Moon Masks; Faction’s Commedia Christmas Carol), and additional masks by Aaron Cromie.




Fact Sheet: Pinocchio!

Written and directed by Paul Reisman

Based on the story by Carlo Collodi

March 8-30, 2014



The Industrial Strength Theatre

269 Sunset Park Drive

Herndon, VA 20170



Saturdays: 12:00pm & 3:00pm

Sundays: 11:00am & 2:00pm


TICKETS: Tickets to Pinocchio! are $10. Group rates available.

Running time approximately 50 minutes. Appropriate for all ages.

Contact boxoffice@nextstoptheatre.org for more information.


ACCESSIBILITY: The Industrial Strength Theatre is accessible to persons with disabilities. Wheelchair accessible seating may be purchased online or by calling the box office. Sign Interpreted performance: March 16 at 2pm.





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Tickets available at www.nextstoptheatre.org and OvationTix: 866-811-4111





PINOCCHIO! is a Commedia dell’Arte adaptation of the world-renowned novel by Italian children’s writer Carlo Collodi. Originally penned as a serial in 1881, “Le avventure di Pinocchio” (The Adventures of Pinocchio) was the birth of a rascally wooden character who would grow to be a time-honored favorite. Commedia dell’Arte (“theatre of the professional”) originated in Italy in the early 16th century and quickly spread throughout Europe, creating a lasting influence on theater around the world. Much like the wily Commedia servant characters, our puppet hero has a habit of getting himself into scrapes, running into colorful characters, and trying his best even at his worst. With masks and innovative physical story-telling, this new production will marry Commedia’s bold theatricality to a tale of foxes, fairies, high-strung puppet-masters and underwater beasts, as a brave puppet finds his path to becoming a real boy, and learns the true meaning of family.





Now in its fifth season, Faction of Fools Theatre Company has become known for its high-octane brand of masked physical comedy. A thrilling season that started with Moliere’s Don Juan (2014 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play) and a return of A Commedia Christmas Carol (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), will conclude with Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus in May – June 2014. The Fools are the Helen Hayes Awards recipients of the 2012 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company.


Through the company’s educational arm, Faction of Fools artists teach workshops and perform A Commedia Romeo and Juliet at schools and universities, steered by the belief that studying Commedia dell’Arte will enhance creativity, hone physical theatre skills, and spark imagination in all learners. PINOCCHIO! will enjoy four weeks of performances at The Industrial Strength Theatre this March 8th – 30th, and then spring immediately into action, touring to schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.





NextStop Theatre Company is currently celebrating their inaugural professional season after twenty-five years operating as the all-volunteer, Elden Street Players. Long considered one of the most ambitious and respected “community theatres” in the DC region, in 2013, the company made the bold decision to transition to a professional model in an effort to reach a wider audience and better serve the growing Dulles Corridor community.


This season kicked off with a smash hit production of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, followed by an ambitious rotating repertory of Jacob Marley’s Chirstmas Carol and The Twelve Dates of Christmas during the holidays. The company’s current production of Shakespeare’s Richard III, featuring a Deaf actor as the titular character, runs through February 23rd. The season will conclude in May with Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. PINOCCHIO! is a part of the company’s NextStop Family series, which began this season with a musical adaptation of Go, Dog. Go! and will be followed by the new comedy, Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island.





Paul Reisman, Associate Artistic Director of Faction of Fools Theatre Company, writes and directs. Reisman has performed widely in the DC area with companies such as Faction of Fools (A Commedia Christmas Carol and A Commedia Romeo and Juliet) and the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and holds an MFA from the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University. As a theatre educator in DC, Reisman has taught students of all ages for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Faction of Fools, Imagination Stage and the Smithsonian. PINOCCHIO! marks Reisman’s directorial debut in Washington.



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