A One Woman Comedy
No Spring Chicken, NextStop’s very first commissioned work, premieres September 24, 2015 as part of the “Women’s Voices Theatre Festival”. From Ginna Hoben, the author of the holiday hit “The Twelve Dates of Christmas”, which NextStop presented in 2013, this one woman comedy presents a poignant and funny look at pregnancy at forty.
“No Spring Chicken” includes discussion of adult themes and adult language which may not be appropriate for all audiences.
The WOW Factor:
More than 50 theatre companies in the Washington DC area have committed to produce original scripts by female playwrights in Fall 2015.
Photography by Traci J. Brooks Studios.
No Spring Chicken runs approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.
Reviews and Press
- Shakespeareances.com: No Spring Chicken “tale of life at its very existential core”
- The Washington Post: No Spring Chicken “a snappy new solo show”
- DC Theatre Scene: Playwright takes the spotlight
- DCMTA Gives No Spring Chicken Five Stars!
- BroadwayWorld: NO SPRING CHICKEN Delivers the Perfect Egg
- DC Theatre Scene– UpClose: Ginna Hoben
- Herndon: Comic and Heartfelt
- Women’s Voices Theater Festival Celebrates Female Playwrights – The New York Times
Ginna Hoben (Jenn) – Ginna is an actor, playwright, and TV writer/producer (including Emmy nominated Brain Games, 2013). By December 2015, her solo play The Twelve Dates of Christmas (produced at NextStop in 2013) will have had 40 productions worldwide. Other produced plays include pierced! (NY and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals), the wind-chill factor, and telephone (The Actors Theatre of Louisville.) Recent acting credits include: Next Fall, The 39 Steps, The Twelve Dates of Christmas (CATCO); Almost, Maine (Project SEE); Moon Over Buffalo (Cape May Stage); and 19 plays at The American Shakespeare Center. Ginna thanks Evan Hoffmann and NextStop for her participation in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Her performance is dedicated to the Best Egg, Katie Lu.
AnnMarie Castrigno (Lighting Designer) – AnnMarie has received multiple awards and nominations over the years for Outstanding Lighting Design from WATCH, ACT, and LTA, including Rent (WATCH Award, 2010) and The Weir (nomination, 2005), both at ESP/NextStop. Recent work with NextStop includes: A Man for All Seasons; Love, Loss and What I Wore; Gutenberg!; Sylvia; The 39 Steps; Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island; Gideon’s Knot (co-produced with Forum Theatre Company). She has also worked with Ballet NoVA on The Nutcracker and spring productions and has been the Master Electrician at Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia and Baltimore since 2001.
Jane Hosticka Fink (Set Designer) – Jane has designed sets for Lonely Planet and Ghostwriter (MetroStage), In Love and Warcraft (No Rules Theatre Co. at Signature Theatre), and Hamlet and Alice (Traveling Players Ensemble). She has also designed costumes for Almost, Maine (George Washington University), Lady Swings the Blues and Anne and Emmett (MetroStage), Abominable (The Hub), and Hamlet and Alice (Traveling Players Ensemble).
Kristina Martin (Costume Designer) – NEXTSTOP: Kiss Me, Kate; A Man For All Seasons; The Secret Garden; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Gutenberg!; Charlie Brown Christmas; Sylvia; Miss Electricity. DC/MD AREA: Venus in Fur; 33 Variations (Costume Designer); Baby; Ring of Fire (Wardrobe Supervisor); Passion Play (Costume Design Assistant); Dunsinane; As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Co.). WILLIAMSBURG AREA: Cosi fan tutte, Lucia; Illyria, Julius Caesar; Don Pasquale; Clyborne Park; The Coast of Utopia; La Cage Aux Folles; Evening of Dance; Dancing at Lughnasa; Merry Wives of Windsor.
Donna Reinhold (Stage Manager) is the Production Supervisor at NextStop Theatre Company and a freelance Stage Manager. Donna has been fortunate to be involved with many theatres in the greater DC area, and when she isn’t at NextStop, she can often be found backstage at Adventure Theatre MTC or Arena Stage (though you shouldn’t be surprised to run into her elsewhere). Donna received her BFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma. She lives in Chantilly with her husband and Charlie Cat, who are excited for a new addition to the family in November.
Brian Stefaniak (Master Electrician) – Brian is happy to be back working with the good people of NextStop, where he has been the Master Electrician for Richard III, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, and Kiss Me, Kate, among others. He was also the Lighting Designer for NextStop’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Nicholas Upchurch (Sound Design) – Summer Cabaret Series 2014/2015 and Miss Electricity (NextStop); High Fidelity, Evil Dead, Walmartopia, Diamond Dead (Landless Theatre Co); Zanna Don’t!, A New Brain, Little Shop of Horrors (Kensington Arts Theatre); The Pajama Game (Rockville Community Players). DC Fringe: Diamond Dead (Landless Theatre Co.); Super Claudio Bros (New Musical Foundation). NYC Fringe: Diamond Dead (Landless Theatre Co.)
Sullivan Canaday White (Director) grew up on a farm in eastern Kentucky. After many years of exploring her art and craft in Chicago, Louisville, New York, and several southeastern states, she has returned to her home state to put down both artistic and personal roots. Now in Lexington, KY, she is in the process of reshaping the theatre program at Transylvania University. In addition, she is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Project SEE Theatre. A few directing highlights include: Big Love, Burn This, The Twelve Dates of Christmas, and boom for Project SEE Theatre and Proof, Bake-Off, Baby with the Bathwater, and Fool for Love at Actors Theatre of Louisville.