The Kogod Cradle Series Cradling Creative Risk-taking
The Kogod Cradle Series supports the exploration and development of new and emerging work in the Kogod Cradle with visiting companies, artists and ensembles. Focusing on the development of new plays and devised work by artists from throughout Greater Washington and around the country, this series of readings and workshops invites artists and audiences to explore the development process and allows artists and audiences to participate who otherwise might not be able to easily access Arena Stage. This series also supports the development of local artists and seeks to further develop our local talent pool of playwrights, actors and directors here in Greater Washington.
2013/14 Kogod Cradle Series
December 5-8, 2013
dog and pony dc
Before electricity, how did people make toast?
It's not a trick question. Think about it for a moment. Go look it up.
The invention of the electric toaster and its widespread adoption, wasn't as easy as sliding sliced bread between heated coils. It was a complex, non-linear process, a beautiful confluence of conditions, opportunities, discoveries, and intensity. Piqued? Back after their hit show The Killing Game thrilled audiences in last season’s Kogod Cradle Series, dog & pony dc returns for a workshop of their newest show Toast – a participatory theatrical performance meets science experiment exploring technological innovation, discovery, invention, consequences, and the intricate networks that weave us all together.
December 11-15, 2013
Nicholas Rodriguez and Eleasha Gamble
The Power of Two
Two powerhouse singers – Nicholas Rodriguez and Eleasha Gamble (Curly and Laurey in Oklahoma!) return to harmonize again in this limited-engagement cabaret about the powerful bonds of friendship and relationships. Highlighting their favorite Top 40 hits and the best of Broadway, Nicholas and Eleasha create sweet music with a set of crowd-pleasers from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Sondheim to Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Roberta Flack and more! Signature Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner (Dreamgirls) directs this special event in Arena Stage’s intimate Kogod Cradle. Bios
January 9-12, 2014
Faction of Fools
Join DC's Helen Hayes Award-winning Commedia dell'Arte troupe as they bring their devilish sense of humor to an American classic. The Fools specialize in a style of masked comedy originating in the Italian Renaissance. They have become known, not only for traditional Commedia dell'Arte, but also for poignant interpretations of classics by Dickens, Shakespeare, and Edward Albee. The Washington Post likened their take on Hamlet to a "Beckettian" black comedy with a "high concept spin," and Arena audiences may remember how Faction's masks and acrobatics highlighted the absurdity of The Sandbox during the 2011 Edward Albee Festival.
February 6-9, 2014
Samuel D. Hunter
Award-winning Arena Stage Resident Playwright Samuel D. Hunter is in the midst of creating a new work for the American Theater as part of his Arena Stage residency. In February Sam will explore this new work in collaboration with a director, dramaturg and company of actors. Join us for this exciting series to hear this new piece for the very first time and hear about the playmaking process from Sam and his collaborators.
March 6-9, 2014
Norman Allen, Randy Baker, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Heather McDonald, Danielle Mohlman and Shawn Northrip – the six members of our inaugural Playwrights’ Arena playwriting group will share excerpts from each of their plays and discuss their writing process during the yearlong program. Join us for this exciting festival of new works created right here at Arena Stage! Hear from the playwrights themselves, as they introduce and discuss their work immediately following each performance. Gain a window into the work and learn more about how a play is created from these six amazing local writers. Learn more
March 18 - April 13, 2014
Fasten your seat belts for a ride you will never forget! Critically-acclaimed writer/performer Ann Randolph's Loveland is an "unforgettable, over-the-top comedy that forces people to think” (The Huffington Post). Randolph brings humanity to the role of Frannie Potts, an irreverent oddball trapped on a plane as she travels from California to Ohio for her mother’s funeral. Accompanied by a cast of hilarious characters, all portrayed by Randolph, we witness the tragedy, beauty, and humor that unite us all in grief. "Compared to the late Gilda Radner" (The San Francisco Examiner) and called "a genius" by comedy master Mel Brooks, Randolph is one performer not to miss. Stay after the performance for a groundbreaking mini writing workshop led by Randolph.