BWW News Desk
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater kicks off the 2014/15 season with the world premiere of Morris Panych's The Shoplifters, a biting comedy about society's haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common. Noted Canadian playwright and director Panych, a two-time recipient of the Governor General's Literary Award, makes his Arena Stage debut with an expertly drawn cast of oddball characters and a high-stakes battle of wills involving a career shoplifter whose life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his ambivalent mentor. The Shoplifters runs September 5 – October 19, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater.… Read more
Washingtonian Bride & Groom
Dreaming of a lavish wedding but don't quite have the budget? You're in luck: Arena Stage is giving one local couple the wedding of their dreams—currently valued at $80,000. The giveaway is inspired by the theater's fall production of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In case you need a refresher on the story, it tells of milkman Tevye, who struggles to reconcile his cultural traditions with his three daughters' desire to choose their own husbands… Read more
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater has announced that D.C.-area-based playwright John Strand will join the American Voices New Play Institute in a yearlong playwright residency through June 2015.
Through the residency, Strand will receive a salary, health benefits, a discretionary budget, and research expenses to support the development of his new play. The residency also includes a commitment from Arena Stage to produce a new work in a future season. Along with residency guidance from Arena Stage Director of Artistic Programming Robert Barry Fleming, Strand will also receive support from Institute dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke.… Read more
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