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1st Stage presents: A tale of friendship and faith in “The Chosen”

1st Stage, Tysons’ premier theatre company, is proud to announce its upcoming production of The Chosen. Based on Chaim Potok’s acclaimed novel, this captivating play explores the powerful themes of friendship, faith, and the clash of two distinct worlds in post-World War II Brooklyn.

Set to grace the stage from September 28 to October 15, The Chosen promises to be a thought-provoking and emotionally resonant theatrical experience for all audiences.

A Tale of Unlikely Friendship:

The Chosen tells the story of two young Jewish boys, Reuven Malter and Daniel Saunders, whose paths cross under unusual circumstances. Despite their differing backgrounds and beliefs, an unexpected friendship blossoms, and they become inseparable. As they navigate the complexities of life, their bond is tested by their respective religious upbringings and the turbulent political landscape of the time.

An Exploration of Faith:

At its core, The Chosen delves deep into the complexities of faith. Reuven’s modern Orthodox Judaism clashes with Danny’s Hasidic upbringing, leading to questions about tradition, identity, and personal beliefs. The play provides a poignant exploration of these themes, prompting the audience to reflect on their own values and convictions.

A Journey of Self-Discovery:

As the story unfolds, audiences will witness the characters’ journeys of self-discovery and growth. The Chosen reminds us that, even in the face of adversity and differences, understanding and empathy can bridge divides and create lasting bonds.

Exceptional Talent and Production:

Under the direction of 1st Stage Artistic Director Alex Levy, 1st Stage has assembled a talented cast and crew to bring this timeless story to life. The Chosen features Sasha Olinick (previously seen in The Phlebotomist and Fly By Night), Ethan Miller (previously seen in The Last Match and Swimming with Whales), Zach Brewster-Geisz, and Jacob Pelzman-Kern. The design team includes scenic design by Nadir Bey, costume design by Rakell Foye, lighting design by William D’Eugenio, sound design and original compositions by Ethan Balis, and props design by Luke Hartwood. With meticulous attention to detail, stunning set design, and powerful performances, The Chosen promises to be a visually and emotionally immersive experience.

Ticket Information:

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this powerful story on stage. Tickets for The Chosen are available now and can be purchased online at or by calling 703-854-1856. We encourage you to secure your seats early, as this production is expected to draw significant interest from theatre enthusiasts in the Tysons area.

Join Us for an Unforgettable Evening

1st Stage invites you to join us for an unforgettable evening of theatre that explores the universal themes of friendship, faith, and self-discovery. The Chosen promises to be a moving and thought-provoking experience that will leave a lasting impression.

We look forward to welcoming you to our theatre and sharing this remarkable production with our community. See you at 1st Stage for The Chosen!

For more information about The Chosen and 1st Stage, please visit our website or contact us at

About 1st Stage: 1st Stage is a professional theatre company in Tysons, Virginia, that serves the D.C. metropolitan area. Dedicated to providing exceptional theatrical experiences and promoting the development of diverse and unique voices in the theater, 1st Stage presents a wide range of entertaining and thought-provoking productions throughout the year.

Photos by Evin John Howell

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