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1st Professional Production At New ‘Arts Space Of Falls Church’ Opens To Rave Reviews

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The premiere of Matt Conner’s “Martin The King of Pizza” marked the first-ever professional production at the new Arts Space of Falls Church last (Friday night), drawing rave reviews from attendees who were treated to some real pizza at the conclusion of the one-hour performance.

The “maiden voyage” event was combined with the opening of the first juried art exhibition at the space orchestrated by Falls Church Arts. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. today (Saturday) and tomorrow, a 7:30 p.m. performance tonight, and four shows, two nights and two days, next weekend. According to its Facebook page (, “Martin the King of Pizza” is “an imaginative, pour quoi tale about the origins of pizza. Young King Martin is frustrated to learn that he rules over a group of people living in fear and mistrust of one another. They dwell upon past offenses and just can’t seem to get along. When they all meet at the castle, a wonderful accident happens and Martin and his subjects learn that different people, like different ingredients, make for a better kingdom.”

The Signature Theatre’s Matt Conner wrote the music and lyrics. He’s renowned for “Nevermore” and “Partial Eclipse.” In the cast are Sam Ludwig, James Gardiner, Florrie, Jennifer Soto Benson and Lani Hove Novak. The production is under the auspices of Laura Hull of Creative Cauldron. The Arts Space of Falls Church is at 410 S. Maple St., Falls Church, VA 22046.