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Our commissioning program supports the artists and ideas we believe will find a life on Arena’s stages and beyond. It is our intention that every project we commission will be developed with an expectation of a production taking place in the Mead Center at the appropriate time. Commissions include David Henry Hwang, Liz Lerman, Lynn Nottage, Tazewell Thompson and Lawrence Wright. Some commissions live within larger Project Cycles, as in the President’s Project (Thompson and Wright pieces) and in the Civil War Project (Lerman piece).