The 2014/15 Kogod Cradle Series
Tap into the pulse of the next generation of American theater and meet the artists who continue to redefine it. The 2014/15 Kogod Cradle Series includes three powerful new works – a contemporary opera about the theft of a supposedly priceless viola, a tense two-person play about estranged brothers and a musical play about the complicated genius of Tennessee Williams.
Tickets are free for Arena Stage subscribers and members and $10 for the general public. All seating is general admission and reservations are strongly encouraged.
The Kogod Cradle Series is generously sponsored by Arlene and Robert Kogod.
The Wild Root Company's
Room at the End of the Hall
By Rocco Natale
January 15 – 18, 2015
A gripping new 75-minute two-hander from emerging playwright Rocco Natale, currently in development in collaboration with The Wild Root Company, Room at the End of the Hall transports audiences to the late-night shore of a weathered lake house on Cape Cod where estranged brothers Doug and Malky have returned to bury the ashes of their childhood caretaker. But tonight, a simple act of closure unearths the remains of a troubled past and an unsettling force that must be reckoned with before daybreak.
Patrons who attend will be granted access to a live stream of the following day’s rehearsal and performance, for a unique, first-hand look at the evolution of the piece. Patrons who wish to live tweet the performance may do so from a designated “live-tweeting” section in the back of the theater. wildroot.org
UrbanArias' Blue Viola
Libretto by Matt Boresi
Score by Peter Hilliard
January 31 – February 1, 2015
Blue Viola is a newly-commissioned opera with a libretto by Matt Boresi and a score by Peter Hilliard. Blue Viola tells the true story of a supposedly priceless viola that was stolen from a player of the Chicago Symphony in the 90’s. UrbanArias, the commissioning and producing company, is at the forefront of American opera companies that produce new work, and is constantly seeking compelling and vibrant sung stories to produce. urbanarias.org
Moon Lake Productions’
A House of Glass
Book and lyrics by
Shelley Herman Gillon and Harriet McFaul Pilger
Music by Paul Leavitt
Directed by Matt Cowart
Featuring Joshua Morgan as Tennessee Williams
February 5 – 8, 2015
This musical play about the life of Tennessee Williams---the complex, driven, flamboyant and prolific genius who created many of the seminal works of the American stage and screen---explores his family archetypes, his agent and his longtime companion and how they gave rise to his indelible characters. A House of Glass also examines his sexual compulsion, his long, hard slide into addiction and his redemption through the power of his work. The music covers a wide range in the American canon, from ballads, ragtime, Dixieland, rhythm & blues and full-on Broadway musical numbers. ahouseofglass.com
Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 202-488-3300.
*Titles, artists and dates are subject to change.
Cradling Creative Risk-Taking
The Kogod Cradle Series supports the exploration and development of new and emerging work in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle with visiting companies, artists and ensembles. The series focuses on interrogating, investigating, and developing new work of all kinds. We invite artists and audiences to explore the development process and to participate in the early stages of art-making that might otherwise not be accessible at 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.