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EXPANDING THE PATTERN FOR
BLACK ACTRESSES IN ALL-FEMALE BLOOD QUILT
April 17, 2015

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

If there were plenty of rangy and surprising parts for black women on American stages, Katori Hall might not have become a playwright. But while taking a class in college, Hall and an acting partner were stumped trying to find plays with scenes for two young black women… Read more

CUT FROM HER OWN CLOTHApril 16, 2015

Capitol File
Kate Gibbs

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, playwright Katori Hall is burning up the boards with the dramatic legacy of the New South. In 2010, she became the first black woman to win the Olivier Award for Beset New Play for The Mountaintop, a fictional depiction of a conversation between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a maid at the Lorraine Hotel the night before King’s assassination… Read more

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKEApril 15, 2015

WAMU Art Beat
Lauren Landau

If you're a fan of playwright Anton Chekhov, this is your month. Arena Stage presents the D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike through May 3… Read more

THINGS TO DO IN D.C. THIS WEEKApril 13, 2015

Washingtonian
Emily Codik

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opened last week at Arena Stage, and though the play’s themes—aging, mortality, and loneliness—seem dark, the performance is actually hilarious. There’s a voodooing maid, a narcissistic actress, and a muscle-bound boy toy who can’t keep his clothes on… Read more

PHOTO FLASH:
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE

CELEBRATE OPENING AT ARENA STAGE
April 10, 2015

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents the Washington, D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike runs now through May 3, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage… Read more

MEET ARENA STAGE’S
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
April 9, 2015

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Photos of the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater production of Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike have been released. Directed by Aaron Posner, the production features… Read more

ONE DAY IN D.C.April 9, 2015

Front Desk DC
Katie Bianco

It’s become something of a right of passage for local actors to appear in one of the many high-profile, D.C.-set dramas currently lighting up the small screen. Jefferson Farber’s resume includes appearances on both House of Cards and National Geographic’s TV movie Killing Kennedy, but it’s his performances in D.C.’s theaters that have been earning him accolades… Read more

HOW THIS ACTOR DOES ANTONIN SCALIA JUSTICEApril 7, 2015

Mother Jones
Jenna McLaughlin

Edward Gero is sitting across the table from me in "the study," a room in Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage theater where floor-to-ceiling glass windows bathe the space in afternoon light. Gero is both broad—in his frame, his smile, and his expressive eyebrows—and sleek, in his signature black T-shirt and blazer… Read more

JUSTICE SCALIA PLAY SELLING BIG,
RUN EXTENDED AT ARENA STAGE
April 6, 2015

Associated Press
Brett Zongker

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is proving to be a hit at the box office. Arena Stage in Washington said Monday that it is extending its run of the new play about Scalia for a second time, keeping the show running through May… Read more

LEARN HOW KATORI HALL PIECES
TOGETHER THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN
EXPERIENCE IN THE BLOOD QUILT
April 4, 2015

Playbill
Mervyn Rothstein

Playwright Katori Hall is a quilter. “It's a different way of being creative,” Hall says. “I actually think it helps my writing. Because quilts can be about structure,” and “about standing away and looking at something from afar when you're trying to figure out the overall design…” Read more

IT’S VANYA, LOOSELY SPEAKINGApril 3, 2015

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

Why are we suddenly up to our samovars with Chekhov in general and Uncle Vanya in particular? Playwright Christopher Durang explains it all for you. “I don’t quite know,” he says… Read more

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
PLAYS ARENA STAGEApril 3, 2015

Theater Mania
Katie Pierpont

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike begins its run tonight at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Main characters Vanya and Sonia lead a quiet life in the bleak area Bucks County, Pennsylvania… Read more

THE CHEKHOV RENAISSANCE: AARON POSNER
AND VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
April 3, 2015

DCist
Riley Croghan

In the Western canon, nothing is better known or more produced than Shakespeare, except possibly adaptations or remixes or modernizations of Shakespeare (looking at you, The Lion King). But trailing closely behind— especially recently, and especially around D.C.—are the works of a brilliant (if often dour) 19th century Russian playwright and professional grump, Anton Chekhov… Read more

WOMEN’S VOICES TO BE HEARD
AT MORE THAN 50 D.C.-AREA THEATRESApril 1, 2015

American Theatre Magazine
American Theatre Editors

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival has announced preliminary details of the programming for the two-month-long festival, which will unite more than 50 professional theatre companies in the D.C. metro area this coming fall. Each theatre will produce a world-premiere play from a female playwright… Read more

“HE’S GOT REAL, CRIPPLING SOCIAL ANXIETY,”
SAYS BEN PLATT ON HIS NEXT ROLE
BY DOGFIGHT CREATORSApril 1, 2015

Playbill
Michael Gioia

Ben Platt, who wrapped up his year-long run in Broadway's Book of Mormon earlier this year, will headline the world premiere of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's newest project, Dear Evan Hansen. Here's what he told us… Read more

MORE THAN 50 PREMIERES WILL TAKE OVER D.C.
IN FALL’S WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVALMarch 31, 2015

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

Eight years after D.C. pulled together for the six month, 100-show Shakespeare in Washington festival, the city is at it again. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is set for the fall, with more than 50 area companies committing to premiere projects… Read more

WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL
TO PRESENT PLAYS BY WOMEN AT MORE
THAN 50 THEATERS IN D.C. AREA
March 31, 2015

Associated Press
Brett Zongker

More than 50 theaters in the Washington area are joining a two-month festival to present new plays by women playwrights. Organizers announced plans Tuesday for the Women's Voices Theater Festival to be held in September and October… Read more

TONY AWARD-WINNING PLAY DEBUTS IN D.C.April 2, 2015

Let's Talk Live
Melanie Hastings

The saying goes, “you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family.” However, if you had the chance to choose your family, would you necessarily choose your family? Actors in the new play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Grace Gonglewski and Jefferson Farber, stopped by to talk about their performance… Read more

CHOOSE YOUR CHEKHOV: WHICH
‘UNCLE VANYA’ IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
April 2, 2015

Express
Miriam Berg

Do you like your Chekhov straight up, with a twist or super drunk? This month, you can choose. The theater stars have aligned to bring you three interpretations of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya: one new translation, one full of wacky characters and one drinking game… Read more

NOTHING TO HIDEApril 1, 2015

Washington Blade
Patrick Folliard

Long before landing the part of Spike, the Hollywood himbo, in Arena Stage's production of Christopher Durang's Chekhov-inspired comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, out actor Jefferson Farber already had his eye on the role… Read more

CHECKHOV CHANNELED IN
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
April 1, 2015

Gazette
Kirsty Groff

Arena Stage will bring 19th-century Russian author Anton Chekhov's aesthetic into 21st century America through the Washington, D.C., premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The play, written by Christopher Durang in 2012, is a sendup of some of the themes and characters present in Chekhov's works… Read more

BWW INTERVIEWS: A 20-YEAR FRIENDSHIP
AT THE HEART OF ARENA STAGE'S
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
April 1, 2015

Broadway World
Ben Tomchik

In the words of Aaron Posner, actors Grace Gonglewski and Eric Hissom are “lifetime members of the Aaron Posner players!” Theirs is a professional relationship and personal friendship that dates back two decades… Read more

JUSTICE SCALIA FROM THE COURT TO THE STAGEMarch 27, 2015

Meet the Press
Chuck Todd

John Strand and Edward Gero discuss their new play, The Originalist, about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia… Learn more

WATCH ACTOR EDWARD GERO TRANSFORM
INTO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA
March 27, 2015

Washingtonian
Lauren Joseph and Emily Codik

The resemblance is incredible. Edward Gero, the award-winning actor who has spent more than 30 years with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, plays U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the play The Originalist at Arena Stage. To get into character, the actor studied Scalia very carefully… Read more

THE ORIGINALIST Q&A WITH
PLAYWRIGHT JOHN STRAND
March 27, 2015

SCOTUS Blog
Kali Borkoski

The Originalist is playing at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. from now until May 3. John Strand, the playwright, was kind enough to answer a few questions… Learn more

ARENA STAGE EXTENDS POLITICAL DRAMA
THE ORIGINALIST
THROUGH 5/3
March 24, 2015

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

John Strand's new political drama The Originalist, based on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will receive eight additional performances during its world-premiere run at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The play, which stars four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero as the Justice and is under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith, now runs through May 3, 2015… Read more

PHOTO FLASH: FIRST LOOK AT
OPENING NIGHT OF ARENA STAGE'S THE ORIGINALIST
March 27, 2015

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, by Charles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand… Read more

THE ORIGINALISTMarch 24, 2015

WAMU Art Beat
Lauren Landau

Many people in Washington are accustomed to and even entertained by “political drama,” but a new show is taking that phrase literally. The Originalist, a world-premiere play by Charles MacArthur Award-winning playwright John Strand, stars Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia… Read more

PLAYWRIGHT KATORI HALL AND
THE CAST OF THE BLOOD QUILT MEET AND GREET
March 24, 2015

Theater Mania

The cast and creative team of Arena Stage's world premiere of The Blood Quilt, by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall, gathered today for a meet-and-greet event. The production, which runs from April 24-June 7 in the Kreeger Theater, reunites Hall with director Kamilah Forbes, following their Broadway collaboration on The MountaintopRead more

BRINGING THE THEATER OF
THE SUPREME COURT TO THE STAGE
March 20, 2015

PBS NewsHour
Jeffrey Brown

To research his latest role, actor Edward Gero had to go to court: the Supreme Court. His character? Real-life Justice Antonin Scalia. But the new play The Originalist is more than a portrait of the famously combative leader of the court's conservative wing. It's also a story about the polarization of American politics and bridging the gap… Read more

WEEDS STAR TONYE PATANO WILL
HELP SEW THE BLOOD QUILT BY
MOUNTAINTOP
WRITER KATORI HALL
March 19, 2015

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Katori Hall's The Blood Quilt, about four sisters exploring their history and heritage, which received its first reading at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., will be presented in April at Arena's Kreeger Theater. Directed by Kamilah Forbes, the comedy-drama will begin performances April 24 and continue through June 7… Read more

PHOTO FLASH: FIRST LOOK AT
EDWARD GERO AND MORE IN
ARENA STAGE'S THE ORIGINALIST
March 19, 2015

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero stars as one of America's most brilliant and polarizing figures-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia-in the world-premiere political drama The Originalist, by Charles MacArthur Award winner and Arena Stage resident playwright John Strand… Read more

ALL-FEMALE CAST OF KATORI HALL'S
THE BLOOD QUILT
ANNOUNCED
March 18, 2015

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Arena Stage has announced full casting for the world premiere of The Blood Quilt, Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall's return to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The production, which runs from April 24-June 7 in the Kreeger Theater, reunites Hall with director Kamilah Forbes following their Broadway collaboration on The MountaintopRead more

PHYLICIA RASHAD WILL HELP CHAIR OPENING-NIGHT CELEBRATION FOR NEW KATORI HALL PLAYMarch 17, 2015

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Tony winner Phylicia Rashad will serve as honorary chair for the opening-night celebration of Katori Hall's The Blood Quilt on May 7 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. Rashad will serve in the title alongside event chair Shawna Watley… Read more

ANOTHER ‘PITCH PERFECT’ PART FOR BEN PLATTMarch 10, 2015

The Washington Post
Rebecca Ritzel

“Just one condition: Promise me you won't get all weird.” That's what Jesse, the leading man in the 2012 movie Pitch Perfect, tells his amateur magician roommate about the nerd-eat-nerd world of collegiate a cappella groups… Read more

BRINGING THE THEATER OF THE
SUPREME COURT TO THE STAGE
March 20, 2015

PBS NewsHour
Jeffrey Brown

To research his latest role, actor Edward Gero had to go to court: the Supreme Court. His character? Real-life Justice Antonin Scalia. But the new play The Originalist is more than a portrait of the famously combative leader of the court's conservative wing. It's also a story about the polarization of American politics and bridging the gap… View more

ARENA STAGE PORTRAYS SUPREME COURT JUSTICEMarch 16, 2015

WTOP
Jason Fraley

You know him as Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Ford's Theatre. You may also recognize him as the Republican Senate Whip in season 2 of House of Cards. Now, actor Edward Gero is playing an entirely different role as sitting Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the new play The Originalist, which runs at Arena Stage now through April 26… Read more

CAMP ARENA STAGEMarch 13, 2015

Let's Talk Live
Melanie Hastings

Do you have a budding artist in your home? Well this summer, you can let your creative kids flourish at Arena Stage's multi-arts summer day camp. Rebecca Campana and Brandon Glass were here with more about Camp Arena Stage. And joining them was Carmelo Torres, one of their campers from last year… Read more

THE ORIGINALIST, A NEW PLAY ABOUT JUSTICE
ANTONIN SCALIA BY JOHN STRAND
March 11, 2015

The New York Times
Adam Liptak

In December, after more than a year of research and reflection, Edward Gero went to see an argument at the Supreme Court. He was in the final stages of preparing to portray Justice Antonin Scalia onstage, and it was time to see his subject in his element. Mr. Gero, a seasoned actor steeped in Shakespeare, felt right at home. "The level of listening in that room was astonishing," he said. "The only thing analogous to that is being in a theater with a good show." And Justice Scalia, who dominates Supreme Court arguments with probing questions laced with sarcasm, gave a fine performance… Read more

ENTER, STAGE (FAR) RIGHT: NEW PLAY ABOUT
JUSTICE SCALIA IN PRODUCTION AT ARENA
March 7, 2015

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

In the case of Scalia v. Gero, Antonin Scalia stared down Edward Gero as the actor visited the Supreme Court to observe the justice at work. “We locked eyes for about 15 seconds,” says Gero, currently playing Scalia in John Strand's new drama The Originalist at Arena Stage… Read more

KING HEDLEY II AT ARENA STAGEMarch 3, 2015

Let's Talk Live
Melanie Hastings and Kellye Lynn

Playwright August Wilson’s King Hedley II, playing at Arena Stage through March 8th, examines Black America through the eyes of an ex-convict who is struggling to turn his life around. E. Faye Butler and Michael Anthony Williams, two of the cast members from Arena Stage's production of King Hedley II, joined us to tell us more… View more

HOW DO YOU PLAY THE ORIGINALIST?March 2, 2015

Slate
Richard Harris

Last month, veteran Washington actor Edward Gero sat in on the Supreme Court's oral arguments, a notepad on his lap. He watched the nine justices enter the courtroom from behind velvet drapes shortly after 10 a.m. But Gero had his eyes trained on one person in particular: Antonin Scalia… Read more

PLAY DEPICTS SCALIA
AS SUPREME COURT'S ORIGINALIST
March 1, 2015

NPR
Rachel Martin

Drama, suspense, monologues, arguments – what could be more theatrical than the U.S. Supreme Court? A new play called The Originalist takes a look at one of its real-life stars – Justice Antonin Scalia… Learn more

D.C. CANNOT SHY AWAY FROM TEACHING
ABOUT AUGUST WILSON, AND ANGER
March 1, 2015

Washington Post
Courtland Milloy

Playwright August Wilson’s urban drama King Hedley II depicts a black man’s furious struggle for respect as well as his desperate quest for the means to care for the ones he loves. After seeing the play at Arena Stage recently, I wondered whether there was a way for black boys in our public schools to benefit from Wilson’s potentially life-changing insights… Read more

JUSTICES ON THE STAGEFebruary 28, 2015

The Economist

Near the start of The Originalist, a new play about Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court, the judge is shown boasting that he could beat any liberal at poker, not least President Barack Obama. In card games as in life, left-wingers “lack ruthlessness when the stakes are high’, the actor playing Mr. Scalia explains… Read more

ERIC HISSOM and GRACE GONGLEWSKI
STAR IN ARENA’S VANYA AND SONIA AND
MASHA AND SPIKE
February 25, 2015

Broadway World

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for the Washington, D.C. premiere of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Helen Hayes Award-winning director and playwright Aaron Posner lends his hand to this riotous sendup… Read more

SIX D.C.–AREA PLAYWRIGHTS SELECTED
FOR PLAYWRIGHTS’ ARENA
February 25, 2015

Edge Media Network

Six D.C.–area playwrights have been selected to participate in the second installment of Playwrights’ Arena, as part of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater… Read more

EDWARD GERO STARS IN A NEW ARENA STAGE PLAYFebruary 24, 2015

Capitol File
Oussama Zahr

What surprised Edward Gero most in preparing for his role as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in John Strand's new play, The Originalist, which opens March 6 at Arena Stage, is how much they have in common… Read more

VETERAN ACTOR ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS CONTINUES TO DRAW ON HIS BALTIMORE ROOTSFebruary 24, 2015

Baltimore Sun
Tim Smith

In the prologue to King Hedley II, the searing and soaring August Wilson play enjoying a revival at Arena Stage, a character called Stool Pigeon describes people who “don't even know the story of how they got from tit to tat.” But “the story’s been written”… Read more

KING HEDLEY II EXAMINES BLACK AMERICAFebruary 20, 2015

NBC4
Barbara Harrison

Cast members Bowman Wright and Jessica Frances Dukes discuss the play King Hedley II, which examines black America through the eyes of an ex-con struggling to turn his life around. The show is at Arena Stage through March 8… View more

KING HEDLEY II NINTH TURN IN PITTSBURGH CYCLEFebruary 16, 2015

Washington Times
Emily Cary

Playwright August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle traces the complicated journey of a black American family through 10 decades of the 20th century. From one generation to the next, the characters strive to matter to themselves, to family members and to the community… Read more

NOTTAGE PLAY AND NEW ROCK MUSICAL
AMONG ARENA STAGE’S 2015-16 OFFERINGSFebruary 12, 2015

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

A world premiere musical will give Arena Stage’s 2015-16 season an early launch this summer, as If/Then and Next to Normal director Michael Greif brings the brand-new Dear Evan Hansen to town July 9. It’s a substantial season, with a major new work by Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined)… Read more

ARENA STAGE SLATES PREMIERES,
1 BROADWAY-BOUND MUSICAL
February 12, 2015

American Theatre Magazine
American Theatre Editors

Arena Stage’s 2015-16 season at the Mead Center for American Theater will include a number of world premieres, including a musical headed for Broadway, as well as a slate of regional premieres of musicals and straight plays direct from Broadway, and co-productions with regional partners… Read more

PASEK AND PAUL MUSICAL
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
, DIRECTED
BY MICHAEL GREIF, TO PREMIERE AT ARENA STAGE
February 12, 2015

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, as well as two works featured in the Women's Voices Theater Festival, will be a part of Arena Stage's 2015-16 season. The Washington, D.C.–based theater will kick off its season with the world premiere of Dear Evan HansenRead more

TIMOTHY DOUGLAS DIRECTS
KING HEDLEY II
AT ARENA STAGE
February 5, 2015

Washington Post
Celia Wren

“Keep breathing, everybody!” director Timothy Douglas says affably as an actor puts down a prop machete in a rehearsal room at Arena Stage. It's the lead-up to Arena's production of King Hedley II, one of the works in August Wilson's revered 10-play cycle… Read more

THE WORLD-PREMIERE CAST OF
THE ORIGINALIST
MEETS THE PRESS
February 5, 2015

Theater Mania
Hayley Levitt

The cast of John Strand's political drama The Originalist met the press at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage where the play will be making its world premiere. Directed by Arena Artistic Director Molly Smith… Read more

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SCALIA IS
FOCUS OF ARENA STAGE’S POLITICAL DRAMA
THE ORIGINALIST
; CASTING ANNOUNCED
February 4, 2015

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Arena Stage will present the world premiere of the political drama The Originalist, about Justice Antonin Scalia. Performances of John Strand’s new play begin March 6 and continue through April 26. Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith will helm the production… Read more

ORIGINAL ‘WIZ’ HITS ARENA STAGE
FOR AUGUST WILSON PLAY KING HEDLEY II
February 3, 2015

WTOP
Jason Fraley

Forty years ago, André De Shields starred in Broadway's The Wiz, playing the title role before Richard Pryor in the 1978 movie co-starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Like De Shields, The Wiz has its roots in Baltimore, where it opened Oct. 21, 1974… Read more

THERE IS NOTHING ELEMENTARY ABOUT
A NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES ADAPTATION
January 16, 2015

Smithsonian Magazine
Amy Henderson

In the cold depths of winter, Tony-award winning playwright Ken Ludwig has served forth a happy antidote to hibernation with a rollicking new comedy-melodrama that pits Sherlock Holmes against a terrifying monster… Read more

KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE:
A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

MAKES WORLD PREMIERE TONIGHT
January 16, 2015

Playbill
Carey Purcell

The world premiere of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” begins performances Jan. 16 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Amanda Dehnert directs… Read more

THE PLAYWRIGHT BEHIND ARENA’S
BASKERVILLE
FOUND FUN IN A SCARY
SHERLOCK HOLMES TALE
January 15, 2015

Express
Kristen Page-Kirby

Baskerville, making its world premiere on Friday at Arena Stage, is far from a strict retelling of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Yes, both play and book send Sherlock Holmes (Gregory Wooddell) and Dr. Watson (Lucas Hall) to investigate a family curse… Read more

5 ACTORS PROTRAY 40 IN LUDWIG’S BASKERVILLEJanuary 14, 2015

Washington Times
Emily Cary

Young Washington lawyer Ken Ludwig cast aside his comfortable position with the Steptoe & Johnson LLP law firm for the flimsiest of reasons: He yearned to become a playwright. Sensible souls clucked their tongues… Read more

PHOTO FLASH: ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS
AND MORE IN REHEARSAL FOR
KING HEDLEY II
AT ARENA STAGE
January 14, 2015

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents August Wilson’s classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson’s acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict… Read more

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
ARENA STAGE PRODUCTION OF
AUGUST WILSON’S KING HEDLEY II
January 5, 2015

Theater Mania
David Gordon

Full casting has been announced for Timothy Douglas’ production of August Wilson’s King Hedley II, set to play Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater from February 6–March 8… Read more

E. FAYE BUTLER & KENYATTA ROGERS
JOIN BOWMAN WRIGHT IN ARENA STAGE’S
KING HEDLEY II
January 5, 2015

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson’s classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson’s acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict… Read more

ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS WILL STAR IN
KING HEDLEY II
AT ARENA STAGE;
COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED
January 5, 2015

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Timothy Douglas, who collaborated with August Wilson on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed many of the late playwright’s works, will helm a production of King Hedley II at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage. The production will begin performances February 6… Read more

MD COUPLE TIE THE KNOT
AFTER WINNING FREE $80,000 WEDDING
IN ARENA STAGE CONTEST
January 2, 2015

FOX5
Will Thomas

It was a big day for a Maryland couple who just tied the knot. What made it even more special was that their $80,000 wedding was free! It was all part of Arena Stage’s wedding giveaway contest, which was inspired by its upcoming musical production of Fiddler on the RoofRead more

KAISHA SUTTON AND QUINTON HUGULEY
ARE THE WINNERS OF ARENA STAGE’S
WEDDING GIVEAWAY
December 30, 2014

Washingtonian Bride & Groom
Caroline Cunningham

If you were handed $80,000 to spend on your wedding, what would you do with it? That’s the question Kaisha Sutton and Quinton Huguley have had to answer as they prepare for their celebration on January 2, 2015… Read more

ARENA STAGE'S FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
BREAKS BOX OFFICE RECORDS
December 29, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

The iconic musical Fiddler on the Roof, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in a new in-the-round staging directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, becomes the highest-grossing production in Arena Stage's 65-year history… Read more

THE FIDDLER LYRICIST GOING STRONG AT 90December 18, 2014

PBS Next Avenue
Richard Harris

In 1964, the Beatles invaded America, Ford introduced the Mustang and Fiddler on the Roof, starring Zero Mostel took Broadway by storm. Fifty years later, each has endured decades of changing tastes and the fickle American consumer… Read more

BOWMAN WRIGHT JOINS THE CAST OF
ARENA STAGE'S KING HEDLEY II
December 17, 2014

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Bowman Wright (Arena Stage's The Mountaintop) will take on the role of King in August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the company has announced. Performances are schedule to run February 6-March 8… Read more

IN STAGE PRODUCTIONS, THE
FOOD HAS A PART TO PLAY, TOO
December 16, 2014

The Washington Post
Maura Judkis

Over at Arena Stage, properties director Chuck Fox oversees an extensive archive of fake food from previous productions. Kind of like a grocery store, the prop storage is divided into meat, fish, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Sometimes Fox buys fake food from companies that sculpt it for restaurant displays… Read more

PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A DAY IN ANATEVKA! BEHIND
THE SCENES AT ARENA STAGE'S IN-THE-ROUND
FIDDLER
WITH MARIA RIZZO
December 11, 2014

Playbill
Matthew Blank

The classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is presented in an in-the-round staging by Arena Stage. Maria Rizzo, who plays daughter Chava, shares a recent day in the life at the beloved Washington, D.C. theater… Read more

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF EXTENDS AT ARENA STAGEDecember 10, 2014

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Arena Stage's currently running production of Fiddler on the Roof has been extended through January 11 with one added week of performances. The musical was originally scheduled to close on January 4… Read more

BROADWAY ACTORS WILL INHABIT KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLEDecember 9, 2014

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," which will play at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Amanda Dehner will direct… Read more

GREGORY WOODDELL, LUCAS HALL & MORE TO
STAR IN KEN LUDWIG'S BASKERVILLE:
A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
AT ARENA STAGE
December 9, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

The play's afoot! Sherlock Holmes battles one of his greatest mysteries to date at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, a world-premiere adaptation… Read more

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE–FIVE MOESDecember 5, 2014

FOX5 Morning News
Holly Morris

Need some holiday fun? Look no further than Arena Stage! Holly Morris got a preview of Five Guys Named Moe, and you can see it for yourself this month… Read more

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE–REET, PETITE AND GONEDecember 5, 2014

FOX5 Morning News
Holly Morris

Holly Morris got a preview of Five Guys Named Moe at Arena Stage, including a performance of "Reet, Petit and Gone"… Read more

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF–MATCHMAKERDecember 5, 2014

FOX5 Morning News
Holly Morris

Already feeling the holiday stress? Holly Morris has the cure. She checked out two must-see shows this season, and you can catch them at Arena Stage… Read more

TWO ORIGINALS:
LOUIS JORDAN AND ROBERT O'HARA
December 4, 2014

The Georgetowner

O'Hara is the director guiding Five Guys Named Moe at Arena Stage (in the Kreeger Theater through Dec. 28). It's a rollicking re-do of what was already a popular homage to the music of 1940s and '50s composer and bandleader Louis Jordan… Read more

PLAYWRIGHTS: START YOUR APPLICATIONS!December 3, 2014

theatreWashington
Hannah Hessel Ratner

Playwrights often write in isolation for months at a time, prior to sharing their work in workshops, readings, and, eventually, productions. But there are a number of ways to become part of a larger community, to sharpen skills and to feel connected… Read more

PHOTO CALL: BIG BAND MEETS BOY BAND IN
MODERNIZED, REMIXED FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
AT ARENA STAGE
December 2, 2014

Playbill
Krissie Fullerton

Five Guys Named Moe, a reimagined version of the tribute to the "King of the Jukebox" composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan, opened at Arena Stage November 20 following previews that began November 14. Directed by Robert O'Hara… Read more

ARENA STAGE HOSTS SERVICE MEMBERS
FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER AND A SHOW
November 28, 2014

WAMU 88.5
Jacob Fenston

Members of the military are gathering at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C. this hour for a later Thanksgiving dinner. The theater company has invited more than 200 wounded warriors, active service members and their families for a free dinner and performance… Read more

ARENA STAGE HOSTS DINNER,
PERFORMANCE FOR VETERANS
November 28, 2014

Washington Post
Brett Zongker via Associated Press

Arena Stage is hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner for wounded warriors, active service members and their families. The theater company is hosting a complimentary dinner for veterans and service members Friday evening, followed by a performance of the new production of Fiddler on the RoofRead more

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
AT ARENA STAGE
November 27, 2014

Playbill
Mark Ezovski

The classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is currently being presented in an in-the-round staging by Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Helmed by Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith… Read more

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE AT ARENA STAGENovember 26, 2014

NBC4 Washington
Barbara Harrison

Paris Nix, one of the stars of the show, dishes on his part in the show that pays tribute to legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan… Read more

‘MO PLAYING ‘MOE’November 26, 2014

Washington Blade
Patrick Folliard

Being part of Arena Stage's production of the tribute musical Five Guys Named Moe is an eye-opening experience for out actor Travis Porchia. As Four-Eyed Moe he clucks the lead in Louis Jordan's comic number "Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens"… Read more

Q&A: JONATHAN HADARY TALKS
STARRING IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
November 25, 2014

Capitol File
Amy Moeller

Earlier this month, Arena Stage opened Fiddler on the Roof – which celebrates its 50th anniversary – to a packed house in the Fichandler Stage arena-style theater, also known as "the round." Here, we chat with Jonathan Hadary, who plays Tevye… Read more

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE AT ARENA STAGENovember 25, 2014

Let's Talk Live
Lani Furbank

Arena Stage's production of Five Guys Named Moe is big band meets boy band! The feel-good musical is playing now through December 28th. Travis Porchia and Clinton Roane, two of the lead actors in the production, stopped by to give us a preview… Read more

LOCAL TALENT EMBRACE ROLES IN
ARENA'S FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
November 24, 2014

Baltimore Sun
Gwendolyn Glenn

Two performers with local connections are lighting up the stage in Arena Stage's new production of Fiddler on the Roof, the classic musical, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary… Read more

PHOTO FLASH: CLARKE PETERS
AND MORE ATTEND ARENA STAGE'S
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
OPENING
November 21, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Come and dance the blues away with Five Guys Named Moe! Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy, director of The Mountaintop at Arena Stage) returns to Arena Stage… Read more

MATCHMAKER! MATCHMAKER!
MEET HANNAH CORNEAU
November 15, 2014

DC Metro Theater Arts
Joel Markowitz

In Part 4 of a series of interviews with the daughters of Tevye in Arena Stage's Fiddler on the Roof, meet Hannah Corneau… Read more

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF AT ARENA STAGENovember 14, 2014

NBC 4 Washington
Barbara Harrison

Two of the stars from Fiddler on the Roof stop by to talk about the show and on what audiences can expect… Read more

BWW INTERVIEWS: ARENA STAGE GIVES
FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE
THE BOY BAND TREATMENT
November 17, 2014

Broadway World
Benjamin Tomchik

Every generation has them. Whether they're called The Beatles, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, 'N Sync or One Direction, boy bands have long been a staple of American pop culture. They're also a staple of Arena Stage's re-imagined production of Five Guys Named Moe, which opens this Thursday… Read more

FIDDLE ME THIS: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'S
SHELDON HARNICK ON HIS MUSICAL'S
LASTING APPEALNovember 14, 2014

Metro Weekly
Doug Rule

Sheldon Harnick is ruminating. "When we started working on the show, we thought that it was probably going to be a very limited run as a Jewish show." Instead, Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof ran for a stunning eight years on Broadway and scooped up nine Tony Awards in 1964… Read more

SHELDON HARNICK AND MORE CELEBRATE
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
'S OPENING AT ARENA STAGE
November 14, 2014

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof opened November 12 on Arena Stage's Fichandler Stage. The production, which is directed by Molly Smith and features choreography by Parker Esse, is set to run through January 4. Among the guests at the opening event was lyricist Sheldon Harnick… Read more

‘POLITICAL MADMAN’ MEETS FIVE GUYS NAMED MOENovember 13, 2014

The Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

How do you reconcile the jazzy 1940s-50s musical review Five Guys Named Moe with a futuristic play about America's first gay president enduring a zombie apocalypse? “There is no reconciliation,” says Robert O'Hara, director of Five Guys now at Arena Stage… Read more

ARENA STAGE PRESENTS: FIDDLER ON THE ROOFNovember 13, 2014

What's On Tap
Monica Alford

Arena Stage 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 and its symbolism of the importance of tradition… Read more

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF TURNS 50November 12, 2014

BBC World News
Jane O'Brien

Fiddler on the Roof may take place in a Russian shtetl, but the show is an American classic. The story of Tevye the dairyman trying to cling to tradition in the face of headstrong daughters, anti-Semitism and the inevitability of the future has been delighting theatre-goers for generations… Read more

MUSIC OF LOUIS JORDAN GETS FRESH TWISTNovember 12, 2014

Washington Informer
D. Kevin McNeir

Sometimes listening to the right kind of music can sweep away the blues and put a person on the road to better times. So just imagine what happens when you add singing and dancing to the picture, as will be the case when a new version of a popular play comes to the District… Read more

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: CREATING
A RICHER, DEEPER PLACE
November 12, 2014

TheatreWashington
Norman Allen

Two key elements shaped the decisions facing lighting designer Colin Bills as he helped bring Fiddler on the Roof to life at Arena Stage. The first was the work of painter Marc Chagall, whose work inspired both the original creators of the show and director Molly Smith, who is reviving the work a half-century later… Read more

ARENA STAGE HONORS SHELDON HARNICK
AND SEN. TIM KAINE AT FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
OPENING TONIGHT
November 12, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

As part of the opening night celebration for Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide for the past 50 years, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will present the American Artist award to lyricist Sheldon Harnick… Read more

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