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ROBERT O'HARA REINVENTS
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
FOR ARENA STAGE
November 11, 2014

DC Theatre Scene
Keith Loria

When director Robert O'Hara (The Mountaintop, resident playwright at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) was presented with the opportunity to take on Arena Stage's upcoming production of Five Guys Named Moe, he pondered how he could make the 1992 Tony-nominated musical his own… Read more

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF CELEBRATES
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY IN D.C.
November 10, 2014

WTOP
Alicia Lozano

When Fiddler on the Roof debuted in 1964 in Detroit, the city was in the middle of a newspaper strike, and no reviews were published after opening night. Lyricist Sheldon Harnick worried the lack of publicity would mean empty seats… Read more

GET TO KNOW THESE FIVE MOESNovember 9, 2014

The Washington Post
Roger Catlin

From the individual characters introduced in Louis Jordan's first big hit song, "Five Guys Named Moe," in 1943 to the 1992 musical revue based on it by Clarke Peters, there's always been a clear way to differentiate among the quintet's members… Read more

WISE GUYNovember 1, 2014

Modern Luxury
Michael McCarthy

For someone who has received ringing plaudits and achieved much of his stage success in New York, writer and director Robert O'Hara isn't about to wax poetic about the city's reign… Read more

A FRESH TAKE ON FIDDLER FOR ITS 50TH YEARNovember 1, 2014

The Beacon
Michael Toscano

Ann Arvia starts to talk. But the words quickly sputter and die somewhere in her throat, choked by vivid emotion that unexpectedly overtakes her. “It was amazing…” she begins again. Then, more silence before a few quick breaths… Read more

ARENA STAGE PRESENTS: FIDDLER ON THE ROOFNovember 1, 2014

On Tap
Monica Alford

Arena is celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic musical Fiddler on the Roof through January 4 on its four-sided Fichandler Stage. Arena's Artistic Director, Molly Smith, feels a special connection to the play… Read more

HOME ON THE STAGE: JONATHAN HADARYNovember 1, 2014

Bethesda Magazine
Maura Mahoney

Tony Award-nominated actor Jonathan Hadary returned to his Bethesda-area roots this fall as the star of the Arena Stage production of Fiddler on the Roof. Hadary plays the beloved patriarch Tevye in the show… Read more

DIANE REHM LENDS HER VOICE TO
ARENA STAGE'S OUR WAR
October 30, 2014

The Washington Post
Rebecca Ritzel

As one of Washington's most vocally recognizable celebrities, WAMU-FM radio host Diane Rehm gets many offers to appear at local theaters. She turns many down. But the request Arena Stage sent several months ago was different… Read more

FIDDLER STORIESOctober 29, 2014

Washington Jewish Week
Lisa Traiger

Everyone has a Fiddler on the Roof story. Mine goes back to when I was about 7, at my cousin's wedding when his bride walked down the aisle to the strains of “Sunrise, Sunset”… Read more

RUTH BADER GINSBURG WAS IN A PLAYOctober 27, 2014

U.S. News & World Report
Nikki Schwab

She's more so known for her love of opera, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave American theater a try over the weekend. Ginsburg appeared in the Friday night performance of Our War at Arena Stage… Read more

GET YOUR FIRST LOOK AT ARENA STAGE'S
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
October 27, 2014

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Paris Nix, Travis Porchia, Jobari Parker-Namdar, Sheldon Henry, and Clinton Roane are the Five Guys Named Moe at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater… Read more

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG
CONFIRMS SHE'S A DIVA AT ARENA STAGE
October 25, 2014

The Washington Post
Veronica Toney

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a diva. And it's not just the word embellishing the purse on her arm that gives it away. The full house at opening night of Arena Stage's Our War confirms it… Read more

D.C.'S ARENA STAGE MARKS
65 YEARS OF DRAMATIC DEVOTION
October 24, 2014

WAMU
Rebecca Sheir

In 1950, Zelda Fichandler helped found what would become the first regional theater to send a show to Broadway, the first to tour the Soviet Union, and the first theater outside New York to win a Tony Award… Read more

TO LIFE! FIDDLER IS 50, LYRICIST HARNICK IS 90October 24, 2014

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

The sky over Central Park brightens Sheldon Harnick's living room, a spacious haven more than a dozen floors above Manhattan's streets… Read more

MARC CHAGALL: THE FRENCH PAINTER
WHO INSPIRED THE TITLE FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
October 24, 2014

Washington Post
Menachem Wecker

If Tevye the milkman had a ruble for every time someone connected Fiddler on the Roof to Marc Chagall, he would be a very rich man. Recent articles about the play's 50th anniversary link the title to a Chagall painting… Read more

RUTH BADER GINSBURG TAKES THE STAGE
AT ARENA FOR FRIDAY'S OUR WAR PERFORMANCE
October 23, 2014

Express
Kristen Page-Kirby

At some performances of Our War, an actor or two will be put out of work, if only briefly. Arena Stage has enlisted "notable Washingtonians" to appear at certain performances and read a monologue of their choice… Read more

ARENA STAGE'S OUR WAR RUMINATES
ON THE CIVIL WAR USING 25 DISTINCT VOICES
October 23, 2014

Express
Kristen Page-Kirby

The "playwright" section in the program for Our War at Arena Stage is going to be pretty long. It has to be to get in the show's 25 authors. Instead of one overarching show, Our War is a series of monologues, written by acclaimed American playwrights, that collectively serve as a mediation on the Civil War and its legacy… Read more

PHOTO FLASH: FIRST LOOK AT
OUR WAR
AT ARENA STAGE
October 23, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event… Read more

UP CLOSE LOOK AT OUR WAR AT ARENA STAGEOctober 22, 2014

DC Theatre Scene
Alan Katz

When I found out about Our War at Arena Stage, I was fascinated. The production is massive in scale, a conglomeration of monologues about and reacting to the Civil War, spanning more than 100 years over 25 monologues, each written by a different playwright… Read more

RUTH BADER GINSBURG
GETS READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP
October 21, 2014

Politico
Lucy McCalmont

Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg enjoys one of the most prominent platforms in the country, but on Friday the octogenarian will be taking her talents to a different stage: the theater… Read more

OUR WAR AT ARENA STAGE:
A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON AN OLD BATTLE
October 21, 2014

Washingtonian
Tanya Pai

A century and a half after the Civil War, most Americans know the basics: Bull Run, Appomattox, the Emancipation Proclamation. But finding a personal connection is another matter… Read more

OUR WAR AT ARENA STAGEOctober 17, 2014

Washington City Paper
Jenny Rogers

She's 81, highly quotable, beloved by women and gays on social media, and has powers endowed by the highest court in the land: Ruth Bader Ginsburg has, essentially, usurped Betty White. Now RBG is infringing on White's theatrical territory, too… Read more

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG, MSNBC'S
CHRIS MATTHEWS AND MORE JOIN OUR WAR,
BEGINNING TONIGHT AT ARENA STAGE
October 21, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

In a bold undertaking as part of the company's involvement with the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War Project, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has commissioned Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event… Read more

PHOTO CALL: THE CAST OF
ARENA STAGE'S REIMAGINED
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
MEET THE PRESS
October 21, 2014

Playbill
Krissie Fullerton

Robert O'Hara directs Five Guys Named Moe, a reimagined version of the tribute to "King of the Jukebox" composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan, at Arena Stage. The cast features… Read more

OUR WAR BRINGS BIG NAMES,
HISTORICAL THEMES TO ARENA STAGE
October 20, 2014

The Georgetowner
Gary Tischler

Almost 30 esteemed playwrights, commissioned to write monologues and vignettes. An ensemble of six local actors, joined by nearly 30 notable political, community and cultural leaders to present the results. For director Anita Maynard-Losh, Arena Stage's Director of Community Engagement, that's quite a challenge… Read more

4TH ANNUAL DC JOB FAIR
OPEN TO ALL DC RESIDENTS
October 17, 2014

FOX5
FOX5 News Desk

Looking for a new career? Friday is the 4th annual D.C. Job Fair. It goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, which is in the 1100 block of 6th Street, Southwest… Read more

UPPER MARLBORO COUPLE WINS $80K WEDDINGOctober 16, 2014

Maryland Gazette
Kirsten Peterson

Upper Marlboro couple Kaisha Sutton and Quinton Huguley joke that their relationship is like a romantic comedy. "We're always laughing and having a good time, and it really resembles something like a movie," Sutton said. "My family members say all the time we live in the world of a reality show"… Read more

BOOTYCANDY'S ROBERT O'HARA WILL DIRECT
MODERNIZED FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE AT
ARENA STAGE; COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED
October 8, 2014

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Casting has been announced for Arena Stage's upcoming production of Five Guys Named Moe, a reimagined version of the tribute to the "King of the Jukebox" composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan… Read more

IN THE SHOPLIFTERS, A STACK OF CARDBOARD
BOXES IS A LOT MORE COMPLEX THAN IT SEEMS
October 4, 2014

Washington Post
Ann Greer

Contrary to onstage appearances, the Arena Stage scene shop staff didn't raid area supermarkets for over 800 boxes with Bounty, Utz potato chips, Heinz vinegar and other product logos to create the set for The Shoplifters. It wasn't nearly that simple&helli; Read more

Additional Stories

Local couple
wins dream wedding
— WUSA9
Photo Flash: Arena Stage's Fiddler on the Roof
meets the press
— Broadway World
Delaney Williams
of Shoplifters: Familiar
face at Arena
— The Georgetowner
Art Talk with Morris Panych and Ken MacDonald
— National Endowment for the Arts
VOTE: $80K dream wedding
at Arena Stage
— WUSA9
The Shoplifters, starring Jayne Houdyshell, opens at Arena Stage
— Theater Mania
Arena Stage opens season
with The Shoplifters
— ABC7
Date Lab: What the matchmaker didn't know may have undermined this match
— The Washington Post
Arena Stage announces winners for Our War monologue contest; reading set for 11/6
— Broadway World
Their favorite things: Shoplifters and Fish in the Dark star Jayne Houdyshell shares her theatregoing experiences
— Playbill
WORLD PREMIERE OF THE SHOPLIFTERS, WITH JAYNE HOUDYSHELL, BEGINS AT ARENA STAGE SEPTEMBER 5
— Playbill
IN THE SHOPLIFTERS AT ARENA STAGE, JAYNE HOUDYSHELL PLAYS AN
UNAPOLOGETIC PILFERER
— Express
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL AND DELANEY WILLIAMS FROM THE SHOPLIFTERS
— DC Theatre Scene
CREATIVE COUPLING
— Washington Blade
THE SHOPLIFTERS AT ARENA STAGE RAISES QUESTIONS AND FORMS CONNECTIONS THROUGH COMEDY
— Broadway World
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL IS AN UNLIKELY
ROBIN HOOD IN THE SHOPLIFTERS AT ARENA STAGE
— Theater Mania
“TO LIFE!” ARENA STAGE WILL PRESENT FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN THE ROUND; CASTING ANNOUNCED
— Playbill
JENNA SOKOLOWSKI: ENJOYING THE RUSH STARRING IN ARENA'S THE SHOPLIFTERS
— Woman Around Town
LOCAL ACTORS AND PROMINENT WASHINGTONIANS CAST IN OUR WAR AT ARENA STAGE
— Theater Mania
BELTWAY TAKES THE STAGE IN OUR WAR
— Politico
IN REHEARSAL WITH JAYNE HOUDYSHELL, DELANEY WILLIAMS & MORE FOR ARENA STAGE'S THE SHOPLIFTERS
— Broadway World
ARENA'S MUSICAL THEATER TRAINING COMPANY FOCUSES ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT
— Woman Around Town
WIN A FREE WEDDING COURTESY OF ARENA STAGE
— Washingtonian
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL AND JONATHAN HADARY JOIN ARENA STAGE 2014-15 SEASON
— Theater Mania
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL AND JONATHAN HADARY WILL HIGHLIGHT 2014-15 SEASON AT ARENA STAGE
— Playbill
ART BEAT: HEALING WARS AT ARENA STAGE
— WAMU Art Beat
LIZ LERMAN ON HEALING WARS
— WYPR
HEALING WARS EXPLORES AFTERMATH OF WAR
— WUSA9
Bill Pullman, star of Healing Wars, visits FOX5
— FOX5
BILL PULLMAN ON HEALING WARS AT ARENA STAGE
— Politico
BILL PULLMAN AND LIZ LERMAN SHARE STORIES OF WAR AND HEALING
— Theater Mania
HEALING WARS TRACES THE NATION'S STEPS IN COPING WITH COMBAT'S TOLL
The Washington Post
RECOLLECTIONS OF WARRIORS,
REDEPLOYED INTO DANCE
— New York Times
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROCK CLASSICS
— Washington Times
PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: “TEACH ME HOW TO SHIMMY”
— Playbill.com
U.S. NAVY VETERAN PAUL HURLEY JOINS CAST OF HEALING WARS
— Theater Mania
HEALING WARS EXPLORES ROLE OF HEALERS IN WAR
— WAMU Metro Connection
IN WAR, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BODIES?
— DC Theatre Scene
A RISING STAR TO WATCH IN SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ
— The Washington Post
E. FAYE BUTLER PERFORMS LIVE ON NBC4
— NBC4
ELLICOTT CITY NATIVE IN SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ
— Howard County Times
LEVI KREIS AND THE CAST OF SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ CELEBRATE OPENING NIGHT
— Theater Mania
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ HITS ARENA STAGE
— FOX 5 Morning News
SMOKEY JOE'S AND RANDY JOHNSON'S MUSICAL UNIVERSE
— The Georgetowner
PLAYWRIGHTS AND DIRECTORS JOIN PETER MARKS IN THE SUMMIT
— DC Theatre Scene
ROBERT BARRY FLEMING NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING
— Broadway World
SYMON IS BACK IN RESIDENCE
— The Washington Post
TONY WINNER LEVI KREIS IS GETTING BACK TO HIS MUSICAL ROOTS IN SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ AT ARENA STAGE
— Theater Mania
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, FEATURING TONY WINNER LEVI KREIS, BEGINS PERFORMANCES APRIL 25 AT ARENA STAGE
— Playbill
LEVI'S CAFÉ COMMITMENT
— Metro Weekly
LEVI'S LOVES
— Washington Blade
LEGENDARY SONGWRITER MIKE STOLLER
— WBIG
ASHLEY BLAIR FITZGERALD AND NOVA Y. PAYTON CELEBRATE THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER
— Woman Around Town
TALKING UP SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ AT ARENA STAGE – PART 2
Broadway World
TALKING UP SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ AT ARENA STAGE – PART 1
— Broadway World
CAMP DAVID AT ARENA STAGE
– NewsChannel 8 – Let's Talk Live
WHAT KIND OF HOUND DOG ARE YOU?
— The Washington Post
THE LESSONS OF CAMP DAVID
— The Washington Post
INTERVIEW WITH RANDY JOHNSON, DIRECTOR OF SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ
— DC Rock Live