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Local couple wins dream weddingOctober 1, 2014

WUSA9
Andrea Roane

Wednesday morning, one local couple won an $80,000 wedding at the Mead Center for American Theater from Arena Stage. More than 100 couples entered a contest to win the wedding… View more

Photo Flash: Arena Stage's
Fiddler on the Roof
meets the press
October 1, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production this fall, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater mounts a new staging of Fiddler on the Roof, the iconic musical that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide… Read more

Delaney Williams of Shoplifters:
Familiar face at Arena
September 26, 2014

The Georgetowner
Gary Tischler

People seeing Delaney Williams as Otto, a security guard, in the Arena Stage world-premiere production of The Shoplifters (by Canadian playwright Morris Panych, who also directs) might be forgiven if they think they've seen him somewhere before… Read more

Art Talk with Morris Panych
and Ken MacDonald
September 25, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts
Paulette Beete

They say that familiarity breeds contempt, but Canadian theater artists Morris Panych, an actor turned award-winning playwright/director, and Ken MacDonald, an equally celebrated set designer, would beg to differ… Read more

VOTE: $80K dream wedding at Arena StageSeptember 23, 2014

WUSA9
Nikki Burdine

Imagine your dream wedding. Now what if it was completely free? Three couples are competing to win just that. Arena Stage is giving away an $80,000 wedding at the Mead Center for American Theater for one lucky couple… Read more

The Shoplifters, starring
Jayne Houdyshell, opens at Arena Stage
September 22, 2014

Theater Mania
Editorial Staff

The world premiere of Morris Panych's new comedy, The Shoplifters, officially opened its run at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage on September 18. Starring Jayne Houdyshell, the production also features Delaney Williams, Jenna Sokolowski, and Adi Stein… Read more

Arena Stage opens season
with The Shoplifters
September 19, 2014

ABC7
Brett Zongker via Associated Press

Arena Stage is opening its new theater season with the premiere of the new comedy The Shoplifters about society's haves and have-nots and how much they have in common… Read more

Date Lab: What the matchmaker
didn't know may have undermined this match
September 19, 2014

The Washington Post
Christina Breda Antoniades

She's set to portray Shprintze in Arena Stage's production of Fiddler on the Roof this fall, so Arena Stage suggested we send her out on a date. The musical's onstage matchmaker, Valerie Leonard, helped out by choosing a match from our database… Read more

Arena Stage announces winners for Our War monologue contest; reading set for 11/6September 17, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

In June, Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announced a national call for three-minute monologues held in conjunction with the world premiere of Our War, a dynamic new theatrical event… Read more

Their favorite things: Shoplifters
and Fish in the Dark star Jayne Houdyshell
shares her theatregoing experiences
September 17, 2014

Playbill
Andrew Gans

Playbill.com's feature series Their Favorite Things asks members of the theater community to share the Broadway performances that most affected them as part of the audience… Read more

WORLD PREMIERE OF THE SHOPLIFTERS, WITH
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL, BEGINS AT ARENA STAGE
SEPTEMBER 5
September 5, 2014

Playbill
Carey Purcell

The world premiere of Morris Panych's The Shoplifters, a satirical comedy about class and privilege in society, begins performances September 5th… Read more

IN THE SHOPLIFTERS AT ARENA STAGE,
JAYNE HOUDYSHELL PLAYS AN
UNAPOLOGETIC PILFERER
September 4, 2014

Express
Kristen Page-Kirby

Jayne Houdyshell was looking for something new. The Tony Award-nominated actress had spent "years and years and years" working in regional theaters… Read more

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL AND DELANEY WILLIAMS
FROM THE SHOPLIFTERS
September 4, 2014

DC Theatre Scene
Christopher Henley

Last week, in the Molly Smith Study, a high-ceilinged first-floor room at Arena Stage looking out onto Maine Avenue, Jayne Houdyshell and Delaney Williams spent their lunch break talking to me… Read more

CREATIVE COUPLINGSeptember 3, 2014

Washington Blade
Patrick Folliard

In theater, longtime collaboration is not uncommon. For Canadian playwright/director Morris Panych and his husband… Read more

THE SHOPLIFTERS AT ARENA STAGE RAISES
QUESTIONS AND FORMS CONNECTIONS
THROUGH COMEDY
September 2, 2014

Broadway World
Benjamin Tomchik

Arena Stage, D.C.'s venerable theatrical institution along the Potomac River, has established a reputation over its last 64 seasons for presenting works that challenge… Read more

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL IS AN UNLIKELY
ROBIN HOOD IN THE SHOPLIFTERS AT ARENA STAGE
August 31, 2014

Theater Mania
Hayley Levitt

Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell built her career on the regional-theater circuit performing in over 200 plays from Lousiville, Kentucky, to Chicago… Read more

“TO LIFE!” ARENA STAGE WILL PRESENT FIDDLER
ON THE ROOF
IN THE ROUND; CASTING ANNOUNCED
August 20, 2014

Playbill
Carey Purcell

The classic musical Fiddler on the Roof will be presented in an in-the-round staging by Arena Stage this fall. Read more

JENNA SOKOLOWSKI: ENJOYING THE RUSH
STARRING IN ARENA'S THE SHOPLIFTERS
August 19, 2014

Woman Around Town
Charlene Giannetti

Shoplifters are the bane of the retail industry, clever, and in some cases, desperate people who walk off with an estimated $35 million each day… Read more

LOCAL ACTORS AND PROMINENT WASHINGTONIANS
CAST IN OUR WAR AT ARENA STAGE
August 13, 2014

Theater Mania
Bethany Rickwald

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, in conjunction with National Civil War Project, has commissioned Our War, a theatrical event and collection of short stories… Read more

BELTWAY TAKES THE STAGE IN OUR WARAugust 13, 2014

Politico
Lucy McCalmont

A number of D.C. notables will be taking the stage this fall to take part in a theatrical production to read monologues about the Civil War. Read more

IN REHEARSAL WITH JAYNE HOUDYSHELL,
DELANEY WILLIAMS & MORE FOR ARENA STAGE'S
THE SHOPLIFTERS
August 6, 2014

Broadway World
BWW News Desk

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater kicks off the 2014/15 season with the world premier of Morris Panych's The Shoplifters… Read more

ARENA'S MUSICAL THEATER TRAINING COMPANY
FOCUSES ON THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT
July 21, 2014

Woman Around Town
Charlene Giannetti

Where do musical theater stars come from? A few seem to land on stage with little or no formal training. Most, however, spend years honing their singing… Read more

WIN A FREE WEDDING COURTESY OF ARENA STAGEJuly 16, 2014

Washingtonian
Valeria Boucas

Dreaming of a lavish wedding but don't quite have the budget? You're in luck: Arena Stage is giving one local couple the wedding of their dreams… Read more

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL AND JONATHAN HADARY
JOIN ARENA STAGE 2014-15 SEASON
July 9, 2014

Theater Mania
Hayley Levitt

Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage has announced the first handful of Broadway and stage veterans set to join its upcoming 2014-15 season… Read more

JAYNE HOUDYSHELL AND JONATHAN HADARY
WILL HIGHLIGHT 2014-15 SEASON AT ARENA STAGE
July 9, 2014

Playbill
Carey Purcell

Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage has announced additional casting for its upcoming season. The season will kick off this fall with Morris Panych's world-premiere comedy The Shoplifters starring Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Romeo and Juliet, Follies) in the role of Alma. The production begins performances Sept. 5 and continues through Oct. 19… Read more

ART BEAT: HEALING WARS AT ARENA STAGEJune 12, 2014

WAMU Art Beat
Lauren Landau

Liz Lerman says she aims to deliver both information and emotion in her theatrical dance piece Healing Wars, which is at Arena Stage through June 29. A small cast uses dance and dialogue to portray doctors, soldiers, loved ones and even a Grim Reaper-like spirit who is fatigued by her ceaseless work. Lerman says the characters in her piece migrate between the American Civil War and our current wars, but find themselves affected by some of the same issues… Learn more

LIZ LERMAN ON HEALING WARSJune 12, 2014

WYPR
Tom Hall

Last week, Liz Lerman premiered her latest theatrical dance piece, Healing Wars, which is an examination of how healers deal with the wounds of battle. The production is part of a larger, national project that pairs performing arts organizations with academic institutions across the country… Learn more

Additional Stories

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