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Hoarder Drama KEEP to Play TBG Theatre This SpringHoarder Drama KEEP to Play TBG Theatre This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Wide Eyed Productions and Mastodon Theatre Company will present the world premiere of KEEP by Francesca Pazniokas. Directed by Stephanie C. Cunningham, previews begin April 7 at TBG Theatre. Opening night is slated for Friday, April 14. (more...)

Arena Stage Sets Full Cast of Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACEDArena Stage Sets Full Cast of Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Arena Stage announces casting for the final production of the 2015/16 season, Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced. Director Timothy Douglas (Arena's King Hedley II) tackles this emotionally-charged play by Akhtar, author of the novel 'American Dervish' and currently the most produced playwright in the United States. Hailed as 'emotionally shattering, a smart and provocative work of unusual daring that should be seen by anyone who cares about serious theater' by Newsday, Disgraced runs April 22-May 29, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: Bristling A CITY OF CONVERSATION at ArenaBWW Review: Bristling A CITY OF CONVERSATION at Arena
by Roger Catlin - Feb 8, 2016

When Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation opened at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2014, the depiction of a Georgetown political salon seemed so perfectly reflective of Washington, Arena Stage's Molly Smith rushed to get it staged here, and even succeeded in obtaining the same director, Doug Hughes. (more...)

Jack Willis to Lead Arena Stage's ALL THE WAYJack Willis to Lead Arena Stage's ALL THE WAY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning drama All the Way, about President Lyndon Baines Johnson's impassioned struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, makes its Washington, D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Kyle Donnelly, who has directed more than 20 productions at Arena Stage, returns to helm this "sure-fire, action packed hit" (Huffington Post) about a country still reeling from the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the man tasked with calming the storm. Hailed as a "sensational night of theater" (NPR), All the Way runs April 1-May 8, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Inside Opening Night of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

The new drama SWEAT by Pulitzer Prize winner†Lynn Nottage†(Ruined; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) comes toArena Stage†at the Mead Center for American Theater following a critically-acclaimed debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a co-commission between the two theaters. The play is directed by Nottage's longtime collaboratorKate Whoriskey†and runs January 15-February 21, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION Coming to Arena StageBenjamin Scheuer's THE LION Coming to Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Award-winning singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer's solo musical The Lion makes its Washington, D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Scheuer uses his guitar-actually, six guitars-to take audiences on a rock 'n' roll journey and tell a heartwarming coming-of-age story that explores his transition from boyhood to manhood. Called an "irresistible winner" and "deeply moving" by New York Daily News, The Lion is presented in association with Eva Price and runs February 26-April 10, 2016 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (more...)

BWW Interview: Arena Stage's SWEAT Aims to be the Salesman for a New GenerationBWW Interview: Arena Stage's SWEAT Aims to be the Salesman for a New Generation
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jan 12, 2016

In 1949, Death of a Salesman explored the disillusionment of the American dream. Arena Stage's new play Sweat will expand on that theme and the adversity experienced by one community as rumors of layoffs swirl at a local steel mill. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SWEAT at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Meet the Cast of SWEAT at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

The new drama SWEAT by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage†(Ruined; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater following a critically-acclaimed debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a co-commission between the two theaters. The play is directed by Nottage's longtime collaborator Kate Whoriskey and runs January 15-February 21, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. The company just kicked off rehearsals, and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

BIG SHORT, 'AMY SCHUMER' Among Nominees for 27th Annual PGA Awards; Full ListBIG SHORT, 'AMY SCHUMER' Among Nominees for 27th Annual PGA Awards; Full List
by TV News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

The PGA has announced its nominations for the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards Winners will be announced January 23 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Arena Stage's THE CITY OF CONVERSATIONPhoto Flash: In Rehearsal with Arena Stage's THE CITY OF CONVERSATION
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2015

Anthony Giardina's Off-Broadway smash hit THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, about a Georgetown political hostess, makes its Washington, D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Following his direction of the 2014 world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater, Tony Award winner Doug Hughes returns to direct this political drama spanning three decades, from Carter's presidency through the Reagan era and ending with Obama's inauguration. THE CITY OF CONVERSATION runs January 29-March 6, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage. The company just kicked off rehearsals and you can check out photos below! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series- Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews John Jiler and Georgia Stitt About BIG RED SUNBWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series- Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews John Jiler and Georgia Stitt About BIG RED SUN
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Dec 22, 2015

New Musicals at 54 is a series presented by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

Ana Gasteyer to Headline One-Night-Only Benefit at Arena Stage in 2016Ana Gasteyer to Headline One-Night-Only Benefit at Arena Stage in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie are pleased to announce An Evening with Ana Gasteyer, an exclusive celebration that includes the inaugural presentation of the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award, Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW). (more...)

Full Cast Set for Arena Stage's D.C. Premiere of THE CITY OF CONVERSATIONFull Cast Set for Arena Stage's D.C. Premiere of THE CITY OF CONVERSATION
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Anthony Giardina's Off-Broadway smash hit THE CITY OF CONVERSATION, about a Georgetown political hostess, makes its Washington, D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Following his direction of the 2014 world premiere at Lincoln Center Theater, Tony Award winner Doug Hughes returns to direct this political drama spanning three decades, from Carter's presidency through the Reagan era and ending with Obama's inauguration. THE CITY OF CONVERSATION runs January 29-March 6, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

Arena Stage and American Alliance for Theatre & Education to Host National Symposium, 1/8-10Arena Stage and American Alliance for Theatre & Education to Host National Symposium, 1/8-10
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Arena Stage and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) will host the Devise and Conquer Symposium January 8-10, 2016, a hands-on symposium to explore a variety of approaches to devising original theater. The three-day event brings together arts educators and professional artists from across the country for three days of interactive workshops, discussions and performances in Washington, D.C. at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

Cast Announced for East Coast Debut of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT at Arena StageCast Announced for East Coast Debut of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

The new drama Sweat by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater following a critically-acclaimed debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a co-commission between the two theaters. Hailed by The New York Times as an 'extraordinarily moving drama' that 'brims with the kind of ripe, richly imagined life associated with the work of the great August Wilson,' the play is directed by Nottage's longtime collaborator Kate Whoriskey and runs January 15-February 21, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Caridad Svich's SANCTUARY and More Set for Arena Stage's 2015-16 Kogod Cradle SeriesCaridad Svich's SANCTUARY and More Set for Arena Stage's 2015-16 Kogod Cradle Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces three projects that have been selected for the 2015/16 Kogod Cradle Series as part of the American Voices New Play Institute. Focused on the development of new plays and devised work by artists from the Greater Washington, D.C. area and around the country, this series of readings and workshops invites artists and audiences to actively explore the new work development process. (more...)

Photo Flash: AKEELAH AND THE BEE's Johannah Easley, Charles Randolph-Wright and More Celebrate Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: AKEELAH AND THE BEE's Johannah Easley, Charles Randolph-Wright and More Celebrate Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Fresh off its world-premiere run in Minneapolis, Children's Theatre Company's new production about an 11-year-old spelling prodigy comes to†Arena Stage†at the Mead Center for American Theater. The show is adapted for the stage by veteran playwright†Cheryl L. West†(Arena's Pullman Porter Blues, Jar the Floor), who partners with celebrated director Charles Randolph-Wright†(director of Broadway's Motown and an inaugural resident playwright with†Arena Stage, where he premiered his play Love in Afghanistan). AKEELAH AND THE BEE†runs now through December 27, 2015 in the Kreeger Theater, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivites at Arena Stage below! (more...)

Heidi Armbruster's EVERY GOOD GIRL DESERVES FUN to Play WalkerspaceHeidi Armbruster's EVERY GOOD GIRL DESERVES FUN to Play Walkerspace
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Clutch productions has announced that it will present EVERY GOOD GIRL DESERVES FUN - AND OTHER MISREMEMBERED THINGS, a new dark comedy written by Heidi Armbruster about prolonged adolescence running into early onset Alzheimer's, from December 2nd through December 20th at Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street, in Manhattan. (more...)

Giants Are Small Unveils PETER AND THE WOLF IN HOLLYWOOD iPad AppGiants Are Small Unveils PETER AND THE WOLF IN HOLLYWOOD iPad App
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

New York-based creative production company Giants Are Small and Deutsche Grammophon / Universal Music present PETER AND THE WOLF IN HOLLYWOOD†--†a richly immersive new app for iPad, including interactive games and learning areas --†designed for children ages 5†to 8†years old.†Created by artist / director Doug Fitch, and Edouard Getaz, PETER AND THE WOLF IN HOLLYWOOD, is narrated by rock icon Alice Cooper.†The classic Prokofiev score was recorded by the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, conducted by Alexander Shelley, and is also available as a CD. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jeff McCarthy, Kyle Coffman and More Celebrate OLIVER! Opening at Arena StagePhoto Flash: Jeff McCarthy, Kyle Coffman and More Celebrate OLIVER! Opening at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Molly Smith directs her 30th production as Artistic Director of Arena Stage with a gritty and relevant take on the Tony Award-winning musical OLIVER!, blending the chaotic worlds of 19th-century Victorian London with 2015 London. OLIVER! runs now through January 3, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

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