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Reston Community Center Announces 2022 – 2023 PTAS Schedule

RESTON, VA — Reston Community Center (RCC) proudly announces the 2022 – 2023 Professional Touring Artist Series (PTAS) at the CenterStage. The season offers an exciting mix of new artists, and those Reston has come to know and love. Tickets will be available to Reston residents and employees on August 1 and to the general public on August 8.

The 2022 – 2023 PTAS season includes a special anniversary program by the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows program; a talk by author and activist Heather McGhee; music from Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science; and an evening with renowned theatre artist Ping Chong, who will participate in an artist-in-residence program in Reston this season.

“We are thrilled to have a full slate of performers as part of the Professional Performing Arts Series in 2022 – 2023,” said RCC Arts and Culture Director Paul Douglas Michnewicz. “We have several special events, including performances by some of the best-loved National Heritage Fellows, and a residency by national Medal of Arts honoree Ping Chong. We also are excited to welcome back some of Reston’s favorite performers as we sing, dance, laugh, cry and think together at the CenterStage.”

Reston Multicultural Festival

2022 National Heritage Award Fellows  

Saturday, September 17

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (performance times vary)

Reston Town Square Park at Reston Town Center

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Join us at the annual Reston Multicultural Festival, to see nine featured Fellows as we mark the 10th year of the National Heritage Fellows in Reston and the 40th anniversary of the NEA’s program.


Lynda Barry, painter, cartoonist, commentator

Saturday, October 1, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Join cartoonist and writer Lynda Barry for commentary, humor and inspiration.

The Slow Hustle

Monday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

An HBO original documentary from director Sonja Sohn (HBO’s Baltimore Rising and The Wire) chronicles the still-unsolved death of Baltimore police detective Sean Suiter, fatally shot in 2017 while in the line of duty and explores the ongoing speculation about what really happened that day. This film is part of the Washington West Film Festival and will be followed by a live discussion with producer Mahrya MacIntire.

Josh Blue

As NOT Seen on TV

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m.

$25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston

Josh Blue, winner of Last Comic Standing in 2006 and a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2021, has risen to become a well-established comedy headliner at venues throughout the world. His stand-up routine is in a constant state of evolution, and his off-the-cuff improvisational skills guarantee that no two shows are alike.

 Trout Fishing in America

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m.

$5 Reston/$10 Non-Reston

Trout Fishing in America is the longstanding, four-time Grammy-nominated musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. A willingness to at once make fun of our most annoying daily habits, then to touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life, is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and its audiences so compelling and poignant.

 Youn Sun Nah, jazz vocalist

Saturday, November 19, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Renowned throughout Europe and Asia, Youn Sun Nah has built an impressive mainstream following by performing on some of the world’s greatest stages.

Lulu Fall

Between Two Worlds

Wednesday December 14, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Broadway singer, dancer and actress Lulu Fall infuses global perspective in her musical performance.


Lúnasa with guest artist MALINDA

Saturday, December 17, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

$25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Rising star MALINDA will open for these Irish music giants, delighting with her effervescent voice and touching song writing.

Mark G. Meadows

Music and the Movement

Sunday, January 15, 2:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Join Mark G. Meadows & The Movement as they pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and create a unifying sound that breaks through social barriers using jazz, gospel, R&B, hip-hop and rock.

 Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address and Community Lunch

Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us

Monday, January 16, 11:00 a.m.

$5 Reston/ $20 Non-Reston

A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism – not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply stirring, intelligent, and compassionate, McGhee’s talks offer us an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical – and most troubled – periods in history. Ticket price includes community lunch.

Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science

Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 p.m.

$25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston

Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, educator and activist Terri Lyne Carrington debuts her new band, Social Science, to boldly confront social justice issues.

Trio Sefardi

Songs of Love & Loss, Heartbreak & Hope: Women in Sephardic Song

Sunday, March 5, 3:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Musicians Howard Bass, Tina Chancey and Susan Gaeta perform a collection of beautiful Sephardic music drawn from the rich heritage of Turkish, Balkan, Middle Eastern and North African traditions.

 An Evening with Ping Chong

Wednesday, March 15, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Theatre artist and National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong will join Reston Community Center for a conversation about theatre and social transformation. Chong will share his visually astonishing and socially compelling body of work – ranging from puppet theater to large-scale, multidisciplinary projects to community-based programs – that have been presented at some of the most illustrious venues around the globe.

Generation Rise: Reston

Friday, March 24, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.

$10 Reston/ $15 Non-Reston

Acclaimed New York theatre group Ping Chong and Company will partner with Reston Community Center and local theatre artist Tuyet Pham to create Generation Rise: Reston, to uplift and share real-life stories of teens from Reston, VA, reflecting on the challenges and joys of growing up in Reston during a time of pandemic and global upheaval.

 Reduced Shakespeare Company’s

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Sunday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

$25 Reston/ $35 Non-Reston

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.

Mr. Vaudeville and Friends presents: It’s Vaudeville!

Saturday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.

$5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston

Join Buddy Silver, the self-proclaimed Mr. Vaudeville, in another hilarious predicament that will be fun for the whole family.

Suzanne Simard, author

Finding the Mother Tree

Saturday, April 15, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

Suzanne Simard is a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence and has been hailed as a scientist who conveys complex, technical ideas in a way that is dazzling and profound.

 The Lost Art of Dreaming

Choreographed by Sean Dorsey

Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

San Francisco’s Sean Dorsey Dance returns to Reston with The Lost Art of Dreamin’, which invites audiences into expansive thinking and dreaming about our futures … at a time when we need it most.


Saturday, June 3, 8:00 p.m.

$15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston

The indie pop trio BETTY, Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass, guitar) and sisters Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar, electronic programming) and Amy Ziff (vocals and cello), use beguiling melodies, compelling lyrics and signature harmonies to create legendary live shows that mix music, performance art, politics and comedy. BETTY will appear at the Reston Pride Festival earlier that day.

 Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the CenterStage, located at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Additional information about each of the performances is available online at www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Tickets will be available for purchase as follows:

August 1: Sales Open to Reston Residents and Employees, 4:00 p.m.
Residents and employees within Small District 5 can purchase tickets. Proof of residence or employment status may be required.

August 8: Sales Open to the General Public; Online Sales Begin, 4:00 p.m.
The general public, as well as Reston residents and employees, can purchase tickets.

Box Office Business Hours are as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Two Hours Prior to Curtain Time for Each Performance

About Reston Community Center
Each year RCC offers more than 2,000 positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment and lifelong learning. We also create and sustain community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals. To find the programs or events that are right for you, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.

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Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For further information, contact Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500, TTY 711 or visit the website at www.restoncommunitycenter.com. Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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