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Manners and politics collide in Arena Stage’s The City of Conversation

The Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

Fabled Washington hostesses presided over a graceful old world code that is now gone with the wind, Giardina suggests, blown to bits by the newfangled ultra-hostile partisanship. Yet the play, a hit when it surfaced in New York two years ago, is both smaller and larger than that. Washingtonians looking for a thorough chronicle of Georgetown manners won’t find it here; we only witness one soiree as the story glides from the waning days of the Carter administration to the heated 1987 fight over Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court and, finally, to President Obama’s inaugural. What we do get is the spectacle of perpetual political maneuvering that starts with public policy and increasingly boils down to internal family dynamics… Read more

Ana Gasteyer to Headline
One-Night-Only Benefit at Arena Stage in 2016

Broadway World

Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie are pleased to announce An Evening with Ana Gasteyer, an exclusive celebration that includes the inaugural presentation of the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award, Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Mead Center for American Theater… Read more

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat examines lives unraveling by industry’s demise

The New York Times
Charles Isherwood

Ms. Nottage, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Ruined, her terrific drama about the human cost of a civil war in Africa, has surpassed even that achievement with Sweat, which is making its premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival here in a blazingly well-acted production directed by Kate Whoriskey, who also directed the premiere production of Ruined. (Sweat, co-commissioned by Arena Stage in Washington, opens there in January.)… Read more

Behind the Scenes at Arena Stage

For a glimpse behind the scenes at Arena Stage, make sure to check out our blog–Stage Banter! Written and curated by Arena Stage artists, Stage Banter is a one stop destination for interesting tidbits. From in-depth articles about upcoming productions to one-on-one interviews, Stage Banter has it all.

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