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CSI star Marg Helgenberger
hits Arena Stage for The Little Foxes
September 21, 2016

Jason Fraley

Just because the Emmys are over doesn’t mean you can’t still see a fiercely talented Emmy winner on stage right here in our own backyard. Starting this weekend, the great Marg Helgenberger (CSI, China Beach, Erin Brockovich) graces Arena Stage for a production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes from Sept. 23-Oct. 30… Read more

On Stage: Q&A with Marg HelgenbergerSeptember 20, 2016

Washington Life Magazine
Erica Moody

According to Emmy Award-winning actress Marg Helgenberger, playwright Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes — the classic tale of a scheming family in the Deep South in the year 1900 — isn’t too far removed from how many “one-percenter” families behave today… Read more

These Volunteers Are Bringing Plays
to Life for the Visually Impaired
September 18, 2016

NBC Nightly News
Lester Holt

Some volunteers are making a big difference for the visually impaired community as they describe what’s happening on stage for an audience who might otherwise not be able to enjoy the show… Read more

Kathleen Turner tackles Magical ThinkingSeptember 14, 2016

Washington Blade
Joey DiGuglielmo

Kathleen Turner has done one-woman plays before — she played Tallulah Bankhead in Tallulah in 2000-2001 and the title role in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins at Arena Stage in 2012… Read more

Megan Graves Tackles the Mother-Daughter Relationship in Arena Stage’s The Little FoxesSeptember 12, 2016

Woman Around Town
Charlene Giannetti

“I think what this play has to say about women – powerful women – it’s incredibly timely, especially considering the election cycle that we are in,” said Megan Graves… Read more

Top 10 choices in the new theater seasonSeptember 10, 2016

The Washington Post
Peter Marks

Roe. The name, when paired with “Wade,” connotes both a historic 1973 Supreme Court case affirming a woman’s right to abortion, and the passionate debate that rages to this day… Read more

Kathleen Turner in Rehearsal for
The Year of Magical Thinking
September 8, 2016

Bethany Rickwald

Oscar and Tony nominee Kathleen Turner (High) is set to star in Arena Stage’s upcoming production of Joan Didion’s adaptation of her memoir The Year of Magical ThinkingRead more

Casting Complete for Arena Stage CarouselSeptember 7, 2016

Andrew Gans

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC has announced the complete company for the upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, which will be presented October 28-December 24 on the in-the-round Fichandler Stage… Read more

Foxy LadySeptember, 2016

DC Modern Luxury
Jennifer Barger

In 13 years on TV’s CSI, actress Marg Helgenberger played a strong, soulful cop (and former Vegas showgirl). She’ll be tackling a similarly fierce, complex character this fall at Arena Stage… Read more

Marg Helgenberger
talks DC theater residency
September 2, 2016

WJLA Good Morning Washington
Kidd O’Shea

Emmy-award winning actress Marg Helgenberger sat down with Kidd O'Shea to talk about starring as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes and also had a little fun helping out with the weekend weather forecast… Read more


WUSA9 Great Day Washington
Markette Sheppard and Chris Leary

CBS’s own Emmy Award-winning actress Marg Helgenberger (CSI) joins Chris and Markette on the Great Day couch to talk about starring as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes, beginning September 23 at Arena Stage… View more

Juan Winans performs “Born for This”July 20, 2016

Good Morning Washington, WJLA
Larry Smith

Born for This opened at Arena Stage earlier this month to rave reviews. Grammy-nominated singer and star Juan Winans stopped by the studio for a special performance… Read more

BeBe and CeCe and the DNA of gospelJuly 8, 2016

Washington Post
Roger Catlin

Families abound in gospel music. But there’s never been a gospel family quite like the Winans, from the original brother quartet the Winans to the brother-sister act BeBe and CeCe Winans… Read more

Live at Arena Stage with BeBe WinansJuly 6, 2016

Great Day Washington, WUSA9
Meaghan Mooney

Meaghan talks to BeBe Winans at Arena Stage, and his nephew and niece Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans give a live performance from his new show Born for ThisRead more

Born for This cast performs liveJuly 6, 2016

Great Day Washington, WUSA9
Meaghan Mooney

Cast members from Born for This at Arena Stage give a live performance of the Winans hit “Tomorrow…” Read more

BeBe Winans talks Born for ThisJuly 6, 2016

Washington Life
Patrick McCoy

The six-time Grammy Award-winning singer opened up about his inspirational life story… Read more

Chatting with the stars of Born for ThisJune 28, 2016

NBC4 Midday
Angie Goff

Angie Goff talks to siblings Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans about their roles in the musical Born for ThisRead more

Juan and Deborah Joy Winans perform liveJune 24, 2016

Good Day DC, FOX5
Holly Morris

Juan Winans and Deborah Joy Winans perform “Up Where We Belong” and talk about starring in the new musical Born for ThisRead more

Previewing Born for This
with the musical’s creators
June 24, 2016

Good Morning Washington, WJLA
Larry Smith and Jummy Olabanji

Gospel legend BeBe Winans and director Charles Randolph-Wright discuss their new musical Born for ThisRead more

BeBe Winans brings life story to the stageJune 9, 2016

Tom Joyner Morning Show
Tom Joyner

Tom Joyner talked with six-time Grammy Award-winning gospel icons BeBe Winans about his new musical Born for ThisRead more

Born for This star
gives sneak-peek performance
July 1, 2016

The Black Eagle, Sirius XM
Joe Madison

Juan Winans joins Joe Madison in studio to perform the title number of the new BeBe Winans musical Born for ThisRead more

BeBe Winans on Sirius XMMay 28, 2016

Sirius XM
Dr. Willie Jolley

Dr. Willie Jolley catches up with gospel icon BeBe Winans… Read more

Dear Evan Hansen wins outstanding
musical at Helen Hayes Awards
May 23, 2016

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

With Salome, Yerma and Avenue Q dominating their slots, the only splintered area involved the Hayes musicals – the biggest-budget, biggest-profile shows of the year. The outstanding musical honor went to Dear Evan Hansen, the current off-Broadway musical that debuted last summer at Arena Stage. Hansen director Michael Greif also won… Read more

Disgraced is powerful, post-9/11
Pulitzer Prize play at Arena StageMay 23, 2016

Jason Fraley

Stop what you’re doing. Clear your calendar right now. You officially have just one more week to get yourself down to the Southwest waterfront to witness one of the most timely, intense, thought-provoking post-9/11 plays to hit Arena Stage. You’ll laugh. You’ll gasp. You’ll question your role in an increasingly complex world… Read more

Molly Smith and Sue White: An Uncommon BondMay 18, 2016

SDC Journal
Mark Bly

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and her long-time stage management collaborator, Sue White, have worked together for nearly two decades on classics, new plays and musicals. During that time, they have evolved as artists and helped Arena Stage become a preeminent theatre for the development of new American plays and the support of American playwrights… Read more

She’s HipMay 18, 2016

DC Modern Luxury

DC native, Broadway veteran and Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer graced Arena Stage with her presence for a one-night-only special performance. Ana, who was most recently seen as Principal McGee on FOX’s Grease Live!, performed a special benefit cabaret featuring hits from her new jazz album “I’m Hip…” Read more

Arena Stage gives a voice to area youthMay 16, 2016

Northern Virginia Magazine
MacKenzie Reagan

In order to bridge the gap and improve communication between the two groups, Arena Stage wanted to give young people a platform to express themselves and foster dialogue. Now in its 13th year, the Voices of Now festival seeks to “empower the young people by putting their stories on stage,” Forman says… Read more

Live performance from Voices of Now FestivalMay 16, 2016

Let’s Talk Live
Kidd O’Shea

Beginning May 18th, Arena Stage will host its annual Voices of Now Festival, which features original works of theater written and performed by 10 different youth ensembles. Joining us in the studio today were members from this year’s Voices of Now Advocacy Ensemble, a group of emerging artists from the D.C. metro area committed to using theater as a tool for advocacy. Some members from this year’s Voices of Now Advocacy Ensemble joined us… Read more

Photo Flash: Ana Gasteyer
Headlines Arena Stage Benefit!
May 16, 2016

Broadway World

Arena Stage hosted An Evening with Ana Gasteyer, an exclusive celebration that included the inaugural presentation of the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award, last week on May 9, 2016 at the Mead Center for American Theater. Broadway World brings you an inside look at the benefit below… Read more

BeBe Winans’ life story on stageMay 12, 2016

Religion News Service
Adelle M. Banks

BeBe Winans, the seventh son of the famous gospel singing Winans family, owes much of his fame to 1980s televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Before they became mired in sex and money scandals, the Bakkers introduced Winans and his sister CeCe to the millions watching their “PTL (Praise the Lord) Club” show on TV. And that paved the way for other black gospel artists like Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin to reach a broad audience… Read more

What’s coming to D.C. theater besides
? Two Post critics set the stage.
May 11, 2016

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley and Peter Marks

Now that all of Washington’s largest theater companies have revealed the lists of what they will be producing in 2016-2017, Washington Post theater critics Peter Marks and Nelson Pressley decided to exchange thoughts about the shape of the new season and what they’re looking forward to seeing. Please join the conversation and tell us what forthcoming events inspire you, too… Read more

Actor Nehal Joshi Talks About DisgracedMay 10, 2016

Barbara Harrison

Actor Nehal Joshi stopped by News4 Midday to talk about Disgraced, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a Pakistani-American’s internal battle with his culture and identity. The play is being performed at Arena Stage until May 29… Read more

Arena Stage Is Making a Cast Recording
of Its Scalia Play The Originalist
May 10, 2016

Hayley Garrison Phillips

If you missed Arena Stage’s 2015 production of The Originalist, about Antonin Scalia—or if you’re just missing the Supreme Court justice, who died in February—good news follows: The show is returning for two nights this summer to create an original cast recording, featuring D.C. actor Edward Gero as Scalia… Read more

Mo‘olelo’s ex-leader heading to D.C.May 11, 2016

San Diego Union-Tribune
James Herbert

Seema Sueko, who co-founded San Diego’s Mo‘olelo Performing Arts Co. and gained national prominence for her innovations as its artistic leader, has been named deputy artistic director of Arena Stage in the nation’s capital… Read more

BeBe Winans Talks About Music, Family & MoreMay 9, 2016

104.1 Praise FM
Willie Moore Jr.

Bebe Winans sits down with The Willie Moore Jr. Show in an exclusive interview to talk about his musical family and new musical Born for This: The BeBe Winans StoryRead more

Ivy Vahanian Talks About
Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced
May 9, 2016

Woman Around Town
Charlene Giannetti

What begins as a cordial dinner party on Manhattan’s Upper East Side soon turns into a battleground when the topics of religion and politics enter the conversation. Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced is a play for our times, one bold enough to tackle controversial subjects that many people want to sidestep. That the play meets these topics head on makes for an absorbing evening of theater. Ivy Vahanian, who plays Emily in Arena Stage’s production, took time from her performing schedule to answer our questions about the play.… Read more

SNL alum Ana Gasteyer comes
home to D.C. for Arena Stage show
May 9, 2016

Jason Fraley

The hilarious Ana Gasteyer comes home for a special show at Arena Stage on Monday night. An Evening with Ana Gasteyer will feature the actress/singer/comedian performing jazz renditions of “One Mint Julep,” “Proper Cup of Coffee” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats…” Read more

Food foraging, animal wrangling:
All in a day’s work for a longtime prop master
May 7, 2016

Washington Post
Rebecca Ritzel

In his 36 years at Arena Stage, props guru Chuck Fox saw many changes, most notably the rise of Internet shopping. But to anyone who thinks that Etsy and Amazon and eBay made Fox’s job easier – that he could just click his way to the perfect vintage glass – think again… Read more

Arena Stage’s Disgraced offers no
solutions to problems Muslims face in the U.S.
May 5, 2016

Vanessa Larson

With 18 productions across the country, Disgraced is the most produced play in the U.S. this theater season. Ayad Akhtar’s drama, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2013, offers a compelling narrative that plumbs the depths of America’s complicated feelings about Muslims and Islam… Read more

Disgraced: Islamic Identity at Arena StageMay 4, 2016

Gary Tischler

Contemporary social and political issues – the daily headlines of our lives – make compelling material for live theater. Since 9/11, that seems to be especially true for everything to do with Islam. Thinking and talking about the Middle East, about religious identity and meaning, about the threat of terrorism, about followers of Islam – including those in America and those wanting to come to America – have all managed to find their way onto our stages… Read more

‘He’s picking his nose’: How volunteers
help the blind ‘see’ a theater performance
May 4, 2016

Washington Post
Caitlin Gibson

On the brightly lit theater stage, the first scene of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning play All the Way is in full swing: President Lyndon B. Johnson is pontificating behind a podium. A large desk is wheeled into the spotlight. An agitated secretary darts into view… Read more

Ayad Akhtar Is Bringing Racial Tension
to Washington, DC – and to a Theater Near You
May 3, 2016

Theater Mania
Bethany Rickwald

Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize winner for Disgraced, is the most produced playwright in America this season, and he swears he didn’t see it coming. “If you told me that five years ago, I’d be like, ‘You’re crazy. That is never gonna happen,’” the playwright insists. Having penned plays that focus on racial tension and Islamophobia, he continues, “I wasn’t writing in a way that I expected to be the most produced anything…” Read more

Art Talk with Ayad AkhtarMay 3, 2016

NEA Arts Blog
Paulette Beete

Thanks to a dedicated English teacher, Ayad Akhtar has known he wanted to be a writer since high school. What took a little longer, however, was figuring out what to write about. Needless to say, the accomplished novelist, screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright no longer has that problem… Read more

Interview with BeBe Winans and
Charles Randolph-Wright
May 2, 2016

Chris Leary

Six-time Grammy Award-winning artist BeBe Winans joins Chris Leary and Markette Sheppard to talk about his new show Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story. The show is directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, who also joins the show… Read more

DC Theater 2016-17: An early user’s guideMay 2, 2016

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

Most of Washington’s biggest theaters have announced their 2016-17 seasons – a dozen organizations that will offer nearly 100 shows around the city. Below is a handy reference guide, alphabetical by company – just the facts, but enough to begin shaping the savvy theatergoer’s priorities… Read more

D.C. drag legend Vicki Voxx diesMay 2, 2016

Metro Weekly
John Riley

Vox was the onstage persona of Vincent Hill, a respected makeup artist and hairstylist who worked for Arena Stage as the theater’s wig, hair and makeup supervisor. Following news of Hill’s death, the entertainer’s Facebook page was flooded with posts expressing sadness at the loss of a beloved friend… Read more

A Star Returns HomeMay 1, 2016

Washington Life
Nancy Reynolds Bagley

For six years, she made millions of people laugh with her routines on Saturday Night Live (including impersonations of Martha Stewart and Hillary Clinton), but many Washingtonians knew Ana Gasteyer before she became a star… Read more

Stage & Screen Events: May 2016April 30, 2016

On Tap
Keith Loria

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced from playwright Ayad Akhtar heads to Arena Stage, with Burke native Nehal Joshi in the role of Amir, the son of South Asian immigrants working hard to achieve the American dream… Read more

Interview with Ayad AkhtarApril 29, 2016

CBS Radio—Weekend Round Up
Dan Raviv

CBS Radio’s Dan Raviv sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar to discuss his play Disgraced, which runs at Arena Stage through May 29, 2016.

Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced Opens at Arena StageApril 29, 2016

Theater Mania
Bethany Rickwald

Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, which closes out the Arena Stage’s 2015-16 season, recently opened at the D.C. venue’s Kreeger Theater. Performances are set to run from April 22-May 29… Read more

Molly Smith on how to get a
great theater ticket on the day of the show
April 29, 2016

Destination DC

Arena Stage, the stunning theater-in-the-round complex in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood, is an ideal venue to see compelling theater. Visitors can purchase tickets to see great American theater even on the day they visit… Read more

Fear FactorApril 28, 2016

DC Modern Luxury
Michael McCarthy

Amid the verbal tumult of the 2016 presidential campaign—a scorched-Earth brand of demagoguery—Disgraced comes to us in an untidy package. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama at Arena Stage by playwright Ayad Akhtar is daring, smart and, according to Newsday, emotionally shattering… Read more

Being That Sixth Person: Talking with
Director Timothy Douglas about Disgraced
April 26, 2016

Broadway World
Ellen Burns

Lest you might think careers are well-planned, organized endeavors, take a lesson from director Timothy Douglas, who is gracing Washington in a return visit to Arena Stage (last season's King Hedley II was his Arena Stage debut) with his work with Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced, a play about being Muslim or, perhaps more importantly, being perceived as Muslim, in America in current times… Read more

A Pulitzer for his play Disgraced in
hand, Ayad Akhtar comes to Washington
April 22, 2016

Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

Ayad Akhtar recently heard from a college student who thinks his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Disgraced, is unfair to Muslims. This has happened a lot, as his sudden breakthrough projects have touched the raw nerve connecting Islam and America. “It’s a very difficult moment,” Akhtar says. “I understand that people are confused…” Read more

Ayad Akhtar Named 2016–17 Playwright
in Residence at Arena Stage
April 22, 2016

American Theatre Magazine

Arena Stage has named Ayad Akhtar the 2016–17 resident playwright, as part of the American Voices New Play Institute. Akhtar will receive a salary, health benefits and a budget to be used at his discretion to cover collaborator fees, workshop costs and research expenses… Read more

Arena Stage Presents Ayad Akhtar’s DisgracedApril 22, 2016

Theater Mania
Katie Pierpont

Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, begins performances tonight at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater… Read more

Disgraced at Arena StageApril 22, 2016

Washington City Paper
Caroline Jones

Ayad Akhtar’s award-winning play Disgraced, an examination of Muslim-American identity issues in a post-9/11 America, premiered off-Broadway in 2012, and it remains just as urgent and relevant as it makes its D.C. debut at Arena Stage… Read more

At Arena Stage’s All the Way,
it’s a different show backstage
April 21, 2016

Kristen Page-Kirby

It’s five minutes from the end of All the Way, and a very specific, highly choreographed version of hell is breaking loose backstage. Actors Bowman Wright, Adrienne Nelson and Shannon Dorsey, all covered in paper streamers from the previous scene, come out of one of the four exits at Arena Stage’s Fichandler Stage and into the arms of three dressers… Learn more

‘A Quick 5’ with John SchererApril 16, 2016

Maryland Theatre Guide
Elliot Lanes

John Scherer is making his dramatic Arena Stage debut. He portrays President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s longtime assistant Walter Jenkins in the political drama All the WayLearn more

D.C. actor has personal connection
to All the Way—his father worked for LBJ
April 15, 2016

Washington Post
Rebecca Ritzel

In March 2014, Washington actor Lawrence B. Redmond scored a coveted Broadway ticket to All the Way, the civil rights-era drama starring “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Sitting toward the back of the balcony of the Neil Simon Theatre, the only seat he could afford, Redmond thought, “I have to do this play…” Learn more

Take Ten: Craig WallaceApril 13, 2016

Adriane O’Pharrow

Actor Craig Wallace appears in All the Way at Arena Stage through May 8, and has just been announced as this year’s Scrooge in Ford’s Theatre’s A Christmas Carol! In this week’s Take Ten, Wallace shares his dreams of playing King Lear, fantasies of hanging out with Prince and some rigorous advice for young actors… Learn more

Arena Stage wants you to go
All the Way
with LBJ and MLK
April 12, 2016

Jason Fraley

Written by Robert Schenkkan, All the Way borrows its name from LBJ’s 1964 campaign slogan — “All the Way with LBJ” — and follows his efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. WTOP’s Jason Fraley sat down with Bowman Wright, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in Arena Stage’s production of All the WayRead more

Actor Bowman Wright
Discusses Role in All the Way
April 12, 2016

Barbara Harrison

News4’s Barbara Harrison spoke with actor Bowman Wright who plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the play All the Way. The show will play at Arena Stage through May 8… Read more

LBJ’s Civil Rights Struggle a Stage ProductionApril 10, 2016

Roll Call
Alex Gangitano

On a recent night at D.C.’s Arena Stage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg watched as the most pivotal 11 months of President Lyndon Johnson’s life, and perhaps the Democratic Party’s, was portrayed in three hours… Read more

Photo Flash: All the Way Celebrates
Opening Night at Arena Stage
April 8, 2016

Broadway World

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. All the Way runs now through May 8, 2016 in the Fichandler Stage… Read more

All the Way premiere
draws out RBG and Washington’s VIPs
April 8, 2016

Washington Post
Sarah Polus

If there’s one thing Ruth Bader Ginsburg is synonymous with, it’s the theater. The arts-loving Supreme Court Justice sneaked into Arena Stage last night for the premiere of All the Way, discreetly taking in the show from the fourth row… Read more

Robert Schenkkan on LBJ: ‘People loved
or hated him, often in the same moment’
April 8, 2016

The Guardian
David Smith

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s All the Way, which premieres as a biopic on HBO next month, holds a mirror to Washington’s current political machine through revisiting Lyndon B. Johnson’s complicated first year… Read more

Guide to 2016 Summer CampsApril 7, 2016

Northern Virginia Magazine
Katie Bowles

For arts-inclined kids, Camp Arena Stage offers both two- and four-week day camps in which campers can choose the concentrations they study—including over 75 options like Chinese brush painting, costume design and Shakespeare… Read more

Channeling WallaceApril 7, 2016

Washington Blade
Patrick Folliard

When Cameron Folmar was cast as Alabama’s notoriously racist former governor George Wallace in All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play about President Lyndon Johnson’s struggle to pass the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964, some of his friends were a little put off… Read more

Sid Davis, eyewitness to LBJ’s
defining moments, on All the Way
April 7, 2016

DC Theatre Scene
Tim Treanor

To memories dulled by the passage of time, Lyndon Johnson seems like a bumptious interloper on the smooth passage between Jack Kennedy’s understated elegance and Richard Nixon’s dark suasions. He seems undereducated, flat-footed and trite, overmatched and undone by the Viet Nam war. We think of him as a minor character, pitiable, perhaps. Robert Schenkkan knows we’re wrong… Read more

Shannon Dorsey – Coretta Scott King
in Arena’s All the Way
April 7, 2016

Woman Around Town
Charlene Giannetti

When Shannon Dorsey began doing research for her roles in the Tony Award-winning play All the Way, her best sources came from family members who remembered what it was like to live in Washington, D.C. in the 1960s… Read more

Arena Stage’s Political Thriller All the WayApril 6, 2016

Markette Sheppard

Markette Sheppard and Chris Leary sat down with actor Richard Clodfelter to discuss his role as Senator Hubert Humphrey in the upcoming Arena Stage production of the Tony-Award winning play All the WayRead more

Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way
Begins Rehearsals for Arena Stage Run
March 2, 2016

Theater Mania

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater celebrated the first day of rehearsal for its production of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award-winning All the Way. The production, which is set to run April 1-May 8, will be directed in the round by Kyle Donnelly… Read more

Tom Wiggin: Talk of the (home)townMarch 2, 2016

Northern Virginia Magazine
MacKenzie Reagan

As a young boy growing up a half-block away from the Little Theatre of Alexandria, Tom Wiggin had dreams of one day being a star. He acted in a play at the theater and was hooked; he went on to do two more… Read more

Elliot in the Morning
interviews Benjamin Scheuer
March 1, 2016

Elliot in the Morning on DC 101
Elliot Segal

Musician/singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer joins Elliot in the Morning live in studio to perform and chat about his one-man musical The LionRead more

Previewing The LionFebruary 26, 2016

Barbara Harrison

Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer previews The Lion, his one-man coming-of-age story at Arena Stage now through April 10… Read more

A roaring success: ‘Everyone loves
a good story and a good song’
February 25, 2016

Washington Post
Geoffrey Himes

Benjamin Scheuer sits alone onstage, sporting a loose Clark Gable suit, white shirt and tie, and a modest tangle of brown curls. With an acoustic guitar resting on his right thigh, he sings a lovely little folk song about getting a biopsy… Read more

The Era Of The Georgetown Salon:
The City of Conversation
February 25, 2016

Kojo Nnamdi

The fabled Georgetown salons of yore were where Beltway power players from both sides of the aisle gathered to schmooze and socialize. The City of Conversation at Arena Stage opens at the dawn of the Reagan era in the home of a powerful hostess who sees her own relationship with her son splinter over their political differences… Read more

Lynn Nottage wins Blackburn Prize for
best English-language play by a woman
February 23, 2016

Washington Post
Rebecca Ritzel

Lynn Nottage wasn’t able to attend the closing matinee of her play Sweat on Sunday at Arena Stage, but she had a good excuse: The playwright was in London, accepting the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for best English-language play written by a woman… Read more

‘A Quick 5’ with Caroline HewittFebruary 23, 2015

Maryland Theatre Guide
Elliot Lanes

Caroline Hewitt is currently making her Arena Stage debut in The City of Conversation in which she portrays the strong willed Anna Fitzgerald. Recent area credits include Baltimore’s Center Stage in Twelfth Night and The RivalsRead more

Hear Him RoarFebruary 22, 2016

Capitol File
Oussama Zahir

Like so many fairy-tale success stories, Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion faced plenty of naysayers as it evolved from a series of coffeeshop gigs into a full-fledged Off-Broadway musical… Read more

Lynn Nottage Wins
Blackburn Prize for Sweat
February 22, 2016

New York Times
Scott Heller

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage will need to make room on her shelf for another prestigious award: She is the 2016 winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Sweat, her acclaimed drama about deindustrialization in a working-class city in Pennsylvania… Read more

A line in an Arena Stage play is suddenly
getting applause: ‘A president gets to
pick his Supreme Court’
February 22, 2015

Washington Post
Emily Heil

In theater, timing is everything. For a play now running at Arena Stage, the current debate over the Supreme Court has suddenly given the onstage action more significance — and turned what once was a throwaway line into a cue for applause… Read more

Actor Who Played Antonin Scalia
at Arena Stage Remembers His “Friend”
February 19, 2016

Jackson Knapp

Edward Gero last saw his “doppelgänger” in June, when Antonin Scalia invited him to go skeet shooting at a Rod & Gun Club in Northern Virginia. Gero brought along the same hunting vest he wore while playing Scalia in The Originalist, a play about the late Supreme Court justice that ran last spring at Arena Stage… Read more

Lynn Nottage: ‘Nostalgia is
a disease many white Americans have’
February 17, 2016

The Guardian
David Smith

When playwright Lynn Nottage began work on Sweat, Bernie Sanders was a little-known socialist senator, Donald Trump was a reality TV host and neither had a snowball in hell’s chance of reaching the White House… Read more

Edward Gero not only got to be
Antonin Scalia, he got to know Antonin Scalia
February 17, 2016

Washington Post
Peter Marks

Edward Gero will forever savor the first words Antonin Scalia ever spoke to him. “I’m not coming to see the play,” the justice declared that afternoon in the late fall of 2014, as Gero entered his chambers… Read more

The personal and national impact
of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat
February 17, 2016

DC Theater Scene
Jeffrey Walker

“It’s really raw and really real.” That is the quick summation offered by Johanna Day, one of the actresses helping tell the story of what happened in Reading, Pennsylvania when the economic downturn took a nosedive in 2008 leaving a community devastated by layoffs. But not just then, said Day. “This exact stuff is happening right now…” Read more

Arena Stage Slates
Women-Powered 2016–17 Season
February 15, 2016

American Theatre Magazine

Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith and executive producer Edgar Dobie have announced a 2016–17 season showcasing the theatre’s mission of American voices and artists… Read more

Playwright: Scalia enjoyed
playing the monster
February 14, 2016

USA Today
John Strand

Nobody is neutral on the subject of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a monster. An intellectual bully, a bare-knuckle conservative, a homophobe and gun-rights fanatic unable to overcome or even acknowledge his own biases… Read more

Play Examines D.C. Political Life
Through a Social Lens
February 12, 2015

Eun Yang

Stage and screen actress Margaret Colin joins NBC4’s Eun Yang to discuss the juicy political drama The City of Conversation, now making its D.C. premiere at Arena Stage… Read more

Sweat captures strain and
betrayal among Reading steelworkers
February 12, 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer
Richard Harris

Last month, Republicans held a forum on poverty in South Carolina, the next primary state, a signal that some in the GOP don't want to cede the issue of income inequality to the Democrats. House Speaker Paul Ryan began by scolding his fellow Republicans: “We’ve treated poverty like [it’s] potholes that need to be filled up and then we move on…” Read more

What really happened at those famous
Georgetown dinner parties
February 11, 2016

Washington Post
Roxanne Roberts

Remember when every problem in Washington could be solved over a glass of brandy? When partisan politics were set aside by reasonable people for the common good? Okay, it never happened quite that way. But nostalgia is a stubborn thing, which explains the myth of the Georgetown dinner party. The latest homage to that world is The City of Conversation, a new play at Arena Stage… Read more

Steelworkers’ stories of disappearing
jobs come to life onstage in Sweat
February 10, 2016

PBS News Hour
Jeffrey Brown

Sweat, a new play by Lynn Nottage, is a humorous and harrowing look at the decline of the Rust Belt in modern America. Inspired by stories from Reading, Pennsylvania — once home to one of the richest corporations in the world and now one of the poorest cities in the nation — Sweat examines the lives of steel workers left behind by changing times… Read more

Gossip Girl, Independence Day star
dishes on Arena Stage play
February 10, 2016

Jason Fraley

You know her as Margo Hughes in As The World Turns, Eleanor Waldorf in Gossip Girl and Jeff Goldblum’s ex-wife Constance Spano in Independence Day (1996). Now, versatile actress Margaret Colin is climbing inside the skin of a politically active Georgetown socialite in The City of Conversation, now at Arena Stage through March 6… Read more

Disgraced Casting Announced
for Arena Stage Production
February 8, 2016

Theater Mania
Hayley Levitt

Arena Stage has announced casting for Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced, closing out the D.C. theater’s 2015-16 season this spring. Performances are set to run from April 22-May 29 in the Kreeger Theater… Read more

The City of Conversation, Starring
Margaret Colin, Opens at Arena Stage
February 8, 2016

Theater Mania
Bethany Rickwald

Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation celebrated the opening of its Washington, D.C. premiere last week at Arena Stage. The production is directed by Doug Hughes, who also helmed the play's off-Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center in 2014, and stars Margaret Colin, known for playing Eleanor Waldorf on Gossip GirlRead more

A ‘Conversation’ With The Stars Of
Arena Stage’s Latest, Very D.C. Play
February 5, 2016

Jonelle Walker

The City of Conversation, the latest offering from Arena Stage, centers on Georgetown hostess and socialite Hester Ferris. The play follows her family from the end of the Carter administration through the Reagan years and to President Barack Obama’s inauguration… Read more

The City of Conversation at Arena StageFebruary 5, 2016

Washington City Paper
Caroline Jones

Trend pieces may insist that Georgetown is sooooo over in terms of its late-night bar scene, but damnit if we don’t still enjoy watching the movements and political machinations of the neighborhood’s hostesses. Anthony Giardina’s latest play, The City of Conversation, doubles down on that supposition… Read more

In uncovering tensions, productions
expose humor and society’s fears
February 4, 2016

Washington Post
Peter Marks

Students of Washington society will get a special charge out of seeing a longtime staple of District life — the Georgetown dinner party — reenacted in the footlights in The City of Conversation. Anthony Giardina’s dramedy, directed by Doug Hughes, stars Margaret Colin as an influential hostess welcoming the powerful, martini-soaked Capitol Hill set into her soigne townhouse… Read more

Interview with playwright Lynn NottageFebruary 4, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts
Jo Reed

Playwright Lynn Nottage talks about giving voice to the human cost of workers without work in her new play SweatRead more

Additional Stories

Your Rights at Work
Slowly Crumbling: Lynn Nottage’s Sweat finds the edges of American poverty
– Playbill
Interview with Anthony Giardina
– CBS News Weekend Roundup
The City of Conversation Makes D.C. Premiere
– Theater Mania
Lynn Nottage Talks Research, Collaboration and the Fracturing of America
– HowlRound
Political Clout: Georgetown Graces the Stage
– Georgetowner
Arena Stage’s The City of Conversation Explores D.C.’s Other Permanent Government
– Broadway World
Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Lynn Nottage's Sweat at Arena Stage
– Broadway World
In Sweat, Adapting To Change Is The Hardest Work Of All
Art Talk with Kate Whoriskey
– National Endowment for the Arts
Sweat by Lynn Nottage gives voice to the ‘new poor’
– Express
Playwright Lynn Nottage Exposes Racial Dynamic of the Eroding Middle Class
– The Root
Behind the Scenes: The people who give D.C. fashion its dramatic flair
– Washington Post Magazine
New play, The City Of Conversation, looks at theater of politics
– Good Day DC
Playwright Takes on Workers’ Woes in Sweat
– The Washington Informer
Kate Whoriskey Gives America’s “New Poor” a Place Onstage in Sweat
– Theater Mania
Arena Stage’s Sweat Aims to be the Salesman for a New Generation
– Broadway World
Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Gossip Girl’s Margaret Colin in Arena Stage’s The City of Conversation
– Broadway World
Nottage and Parks talk shop, politics as their new dramas come to D.C.
– The Washington Post
Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Sweat at Arena Stage
– Broadway World
Eleanor Waldorf (remember her?) spotted hanging out in Southwest
– The Washington Post
Hear Him Roar
– Arrive
First Look at Gossip Girl’s Margaret Colin in The City of Conversation
– Theater Mania
Dear Evan Hansen included in top 10 theater picks for 2015
– The Washington Post
Charles Dickens plays put local boys in the spotlight
– The Washington Post
On many area stages, tattoos are all the rage
– The Washington Post
Ana Gasteyer to Headline One-Night-Only Benefit at Arena Stage in 2016
– Broadway World
Oliver! and the plight of modern homelessness
– BBC World News
Offscript: Cheryl L. West’s Spelling Lesson
– American Theatre
Oliver! comes to Arena Stage
– WJLA – Good Morning Washington
Lynn Nottage’s Sweat Announces Casting
– Theater Mania
Glorious Gamble
– DC Modern Luxury
Akeelah and the Bee
aims to inspire
Spend a Day With Eleasha Gamble, the Tattooed, Mohawked Nancy of Arena Stage’s Modern-Day Oliver!
– Playbill
A Story Reborn: Cheryl West’s Akeelah and the Bee
– theatreWashington
Photo Flash: Akeelah and the Bee’s Johannah Easley, Charles Randolph-Wright and More Celebrate Opening at Arena Stage
– Broadway World
What’s on area stages for kids this holiday season
– The Washington Post
Spell along with Akeelah and the Bee at Arena Stage
– Express
Arena Stage serves up Dickens’ Oliver! with a modern ‘twist’
A Two-Show Day With Oliver!’s the Artful Dodger
– Theater Mania
Oliver! at Arena Stage
– WUSA9’s Great Day Washington
Akeelah and the Bee at Arena Stage
– WUSA9’s Great Day Washington
Johannah Easley and Aimee K. Bryant Cast a ‘Spell’ at Arena Stage in Akeelah and the Bee!
– Broadway World
Va. Boy Takes Spotlight in Arena Stage’s Oliver!
– NBC4
Jeff McCarthy, Kyle Coffman and More Celebrate Oliver! Opening at Arena Stage
– Broadway World
Please, Sir, He Wants Some More
– Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine
– Washington Post
A Chat With Jeff McCarthy of Arena’s Oliver!
– Broadway World
Akeelah and the Bee – Perfect for Families
– Washington Informer
Arena Stage’s Contemporary Take on Oliver!
– On Tap
Oliver! at Arena Stage
– Washington City Paper
For Eleasha Gamble, Oliver! Is Where It All Started
– Broadway World
Warrenton 4th-grader stars in D.C. musical Oliver!
This Theater Director Will Have Two Major Plays Showing in D.C. at the Same Time
– Washingtonian
Jesse Palmer – “It’s a Fine Life”
– Woman Around Town
Remembering the Wit of Erma Bombeck
– Next Avenue
– Washington Post Magazine
The Original Desperate Housewife of Dayton, Ohio
– Baltimore Fishbowl
A Local Twist: NOVA Boy Takes to Arena Stage as Oliver!
– Washington Parent
Mayhem of motherhood
Coalition of interests extends beyond festival for originating theaters
– The Washington Post
Playwright Karen ZacarÍas
on Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage
– DC Metro Theater Arts
Local Playwright Premieres Telenovela On Stage
– NBC4
Photo Flash: Part of the Family!
Meet the Cast of Oliver! at Arena Stage
– Broadway World
Something is Afoot in Washington, D.C.
– HowlRound
Celebrando la Herencia Hispana
– Telemundo
La orba latina Destiny of Desire
– CNN en Español
QUEERY: Oscar Ceville
– Washington Blade
Women in Theater
– PBS - To the Contrary
Destiny of Desire: A Telenovela-Inspired
Comedy Reimagined for Theater
– Latina Style
Casting Announced for Arena Stage Production of New Play Akeelah and the Bee
– Theater Mania
Carlos Gomez on Arena Stage’s Destiny of Desire
A Date with DESTINY: Talking with Playwright Karen Zacarías
– Broadway World
How the Women’s Voices Theater Festival Is Paving the Way for Gender Parity
– Theater Mania
Interview with Nicholas Rodriguez
– The Bill Press Show
All the world’s her stage
– Express
Up Close: Karen Zacarías, Women’s Voices Theater Festival
– DC Theatre Scene
First Look at Telenovela-Inspired Comedy Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage
– Theater Mania
Arena Stage Voices of Now Teams with Embassies in Croatia & Slovenia
– Broadway World
Evan Hansen Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst and Anxiety
Ben Platt, on pitch in Dear Evan Hansen
– The Washington Post
New Plateau: Ben Platt’s pitch-perfect rise to stardom
– Metro Weekly
Perfectly Composed: Pasek and Paul are the future of the American musical
– Metro Weekly
Barbara Chisholm to Star in Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End at Arena Stage
– Theater Mania
Photo Flash: Arena Stage's Destiny of Desire Meets the Press
– Broadway World
Evan Hansen, meet Evan Hansen
– The Washington Post
Tragedy rocks high school in new Arena Stage musical
Dear Evan Hansen Celebrates Opening Night at Arena Stage
– Theater Mania
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Attends Arena Stage, Is a Total Baller
– Washingtonian
Pasek and Paul's Dear Evan Hansen, About the High School Struggle to Fit In, Premieres in D.C.
– Playbill
Extracting Art From a Downfall
– The New York Times
Questions & answers with … Steven Levenson
– Washington Jewish Week
How a High School Tragedy Paved the Way for Pasek & Paul’s New Musical
– Playbill
Ben Platt Fulfills Musical Dream in Dear Evan Hansen
– NY1
Arena Stage announces casting for telenovela-inspired Destiny of Desire
– Theater Mania
Pitch Perfect Star is new face of American musicals
– BBC World News
First Look at photos for Dear Evan Hansen
– Broadway World
Meet the Music Department of Arena Stage’s Dear Evan Hansen
– Maryland Theater Guide
Dear Evan Hansen Is a First for Writers Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson
– Theater Mania
Broadway team begins developing Dear Evan Hansen in DC
– Associated Press
Dear Evan Hansen: Original story, high hopes for Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
– Washington Post
Young Creative Minds Are Behind Arena’s Dear Evan Hansen
– DCist
Pitch Perfect Star Performing in DC
Next to Normal director Michael Greif returns to Arena Stage
– Express
A Chat With the Moms
of Dear Evan Hansen
– Broadway World
Steven Levenson
on Dear Evan Hansen
– Washington Times
Rachel Bay Jones–Playing
Mom to Dear Evan Hansen
– Woman Around Town
Take Ten: Will Roland
– theatreWashington
Dear Evan Hansen's
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul,
How Do Your Musicals Grow?
– Broadway World
– Washingtonian
–American Theatre