A new work in the Undesirable Elements series, Generations Rise: Reston uplifts and shares real-life stories made by individuals from Reston, VA, reflecting on the challenges and joys of living in Reston during a time of pandemic and global upheaval.
Created in partnership with Reston Community Center (RCC), PCC was invited to bring together members of the community from diverse and intergenerational backgrounds to share their own stories and perspectives on what it means to be a Restonian. Cast members ranging in age from 14 to 57, reflect on Reston's unique history and utopian vision as the nation's first planned community, and what brought their families to Reston. The production addresses themes of healing, grief, growth, struggles with mental health and identity, the impact of COVID, and the search for community.
Generations Rise: Reston is written and directed by Sara Zatz, PCC's Associate Director and Artistic Leadership Team Member, and theatre artist Tuyết Thị Phạm in association with the cast (pictured above).
Performances take place on Friday March 24th and Saturday March 25th at 8pm at the RCC Hunters Woods - the CenterStage. Tickets are $10 for Reston residents and $15 for non-Reston residents.
Reston Community Center is an agency that offers thousands of positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston, VA. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment and lifelong learning and also creates and sustains community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals.
In addition to the premiere of this new work, RCC will also host a Story Circle led by Sara Zatz on Monday, March 13th at 7pm. Participants will share, listen and learn about our individual and collective relationships to where we live and meet some of the Reston residents and cast members who are part of Generations Rise: Reston. And on Wednesday, March 15th at 8pm, RCC presents An Evening with Ping Chong, where Ping will share his visually compelling body of work and lead a discussion about the evolution of his theatre work in relationship to the changes in contemporary arts and culture over the last 50 years.