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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

Express
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

theatreWashington
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

WTOP
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

NBC4
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

WUSA9
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

NBC4
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

WAMU
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

Washingtonian
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

NBC4
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

WTOP
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

DCist
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

Your Rights at WorkFebruary 4, 2016

WPFW
Chris Garlock

Actress Tara Mallen, who plays Jessie in the play Sweat, now at Arena Stage, talks about bringing a gritty and sympathetic portrayal of American workers and their issues to the stage, and the work of being a performer and union member in the theater… Read more

Slowly Crumbling: Lynn Nottage’s
Sweat
finds the edges of American poverty
January 31, 2016

Playbill
Mervyn Rothstein

“This story is the story not just of a few but of many,” Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage says. Nottage, who is also a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, is talking about her new play, Sweat, opening at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage… Read more

Interview with Anthony GiardinaJanuary 29, 2016

CBS News Weekend Roundup
Dan Raviv

CBS Radio’s Dan Raviv sat down with The City of Conversation playwright Anthony Giardina to chat about the play’s Washington, D.C. premiere at Arena Stage. Interview begins at 39:30… Read more

The City of Conversation Makes D.C. PremiereJanuary 29, 2016

Theater Mania
Katie Pierpont

Hester Ferris has hosted elite people of all political persuasions in her Georgetown home, inviting them to lay down their arms and raise a glass. However, this peace is disrupted when her son’s formidable and conservative wife arrives. Suddenly, entrenched posturing and ultimatums threaten not only to upset the parlor pleasantries Hester has come to know in D.C. but to unravel her entire family… Read more

Lynn Nottage Talks Research,
Collaboration and the Fracturing of America
January 28, 2016

HowlRound
Holly Derr

Lynn Nottage had been struck by a 2011 New York Times article about the impact of the Great Recession on the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, and, along with director Kate Whoriskey, decided to approach this project the same way they approached Ruined, Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Congolese women living in a war zone: by immersing themselves in a place and getting to know the people who live there… Read more

Political Clout: Georgetown
Graces the Stage
January 27, 2016

Georgetowner
Gary Tischler

Now in preview performances at Arena Stage, The City of Conversation—Anthony Giardina’s play about a powerful Georgetown hostess and her friends, allies and family members at three critical moments in American politics—will no doubt spark conversations among audience members, especially Georgetown residents… Read more

Arena Stage’s The City of Conversation
Explores D.C.’s Other Permanent Government
January 27, 2016

Broadway World
Benjamin Tomchik

Before officials in Washington were judged on their social media prowess or how much they could fundraise, their political fortunes were heavily based on one thing: how well they could converse over dinner. It is a lost era of civilization, the dinner party, which Arena Stage will conjure up starting this week in The City of ConversationRead more

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night
of Lynn Nottage's Sweat at Arena Stage
January 27, 2016

Broadway World

The new drama Sweat by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater following a critically-acclaimed debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a co-commission between the two theaters… Read more

In Sweat, Adapting To Change
Is The Hardest Work Of All
January 21, 2016

NPR
Elizabeth Blair

The aptly titled Sweat is all about work — and the fear of losing it. In the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage, change is coming for workers at a steel tubing plant. “They’ve got buttons now that can replace all of us,” one character says. Sure enough, the company is about to move production to Mexico and ask longtime union workers to accept lower wages… Read more

Art Talk with Kate WhoriskeyJanuary 21, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts
Paulette Beete

Though theater director Kate Whoriskey was just a toddler when the Vietnam War ended, it was the war's lingering effects on her parents and their friends that prompted Whoriskey’s first foray into theater. As she described the experience, it may not have been the best play but she learned “what theater has the ability to do…generate conversation…” Read more

Sweat by Lynn Nottage gives
voice to the ‘new poor’
January 21, 2016

Express
Sadie Dingfelder

When Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage got a commission to write about a pivotal moment in American history, her mind didn’t settle on a turning point from the distant past, like Antietam or Seneca Falls. Instead, she decided to focus on a more recent period… Read more

Playwright Lynn Nottage Exposes
Racial Dynamic of the Eroding Middle Class
January 21, 2016

The Root
Ronda Racha Penrice

Lynn Nottage is back with Sweat, a critically acclaimed work that premiered last summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is now running at the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The Root caught up with the Brooklyn, N.Y., native to discuss why she turned her attention to Reading, Pa., the once booming factory town where Sweat is set, to grapple with the contemporary issues of a challenging economy, the erosion of the middle class and the redefinition of the American dream, as well as the role that racial attitudes play during hard economic times… Read more

Behind the Scenes: The people
who give D.C. fashion its dramatic flair
January 17, 2016

Washington Post Magazine
Jennifer Barger

Many career-changing Washingtonians leave politics or journalism for lobbying or public relations; few leap into fashion. But the city’s burgeoning creative community is encouraging a new generation of sartorial entrepreneurs, many of them refugees from the law, the government and typical cubicle gigs… Read more

New play, The City Of Conversation,
looks at theater of politics
January 15, 2016

Good Day DC
Holly Morris

Good Day DC anchor Holly Morris sat down with The City of Conversation cast members Margaret Colin and Tom Wiggin to discuss the play’s Washington D.C. premiere… Read more

Playwright Takes on
Workers’ Woes in Sweat
January 13, 2016

The Washington Informer
Eve Ferguson

Playwright Lynn Nottage has never been shy to take on the tough subjects, as evidenced in her latest play, Sweat, which is now playing at Arena Stage… Read more

Kate Whoriskey Gives America’s
“New Poor” a Place Onstage in Sweat
January 11, 2016

Theater Mania
Hayley Levitt

“The work that I want to do in the world absolutely should have some social relevance,” says director Kate Whoriskey. There are varying philosophies on the ideal relationship between art and activism, but in that regard, Whoriskey has found a kindred spirit in playwright Lynn Nottage… Read more

Arena Stage’s Sweat Aims to be
the Salesman for a New Generation
January 12, 2015

Broadway World
Ben Tomchik

In 1949, Death of a Salesman explored the disillusionment of the American dream. Later this week, Arena Stage’s new play Sweat will expand on that theme and the adversity experienced by one community as rumors of layoffs swirl at a local steel mill… Read more

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Gossip Girl’s
Margaret Colin in Arena Stage’s
The City of Conversation
January 11, 2016

Broadway World

Scroll down for a sneak peek at stage and screen actress Margaret Colin, best known as Eleanor Waldorf on The CW’s Gossip Girl and for her roles in Broadway’s The Columnist and Arcadia, who stars as Georgetown hostess Hester Ferris in the juicy political drama The City of Conversation, running January 29-March 6, 2016 at Arena Stage… Read more

Nottage and Parks talk shop,
politics as their new dramas come to D.C.
January 8, 2016

The Washington Post
Nelson Pressley

Nottage’s Sweat arrives at Arena Stage this week as a premiere co-production with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where the drama first appeared in July. The acclaimed author of Ruined researched the hard times in Reading, Pa., for more than two years, digging into the blue-collar economic decline from 2000 to 2008… Read more

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast
of Sweat at Arena Stage
January 7, 2016

Broadway World

The new drama Sweat by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater following a critically-acclaimed debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a co-commission between the two theaters… Read more

Eleanor Waldorf (remember her?)
spotted hanging out in Southwest
January 7, 2016

The Washington Post
Helena Andrews-Dyer

Hey isn’t that… Actress Margaret Colin? Don’t know her, you say? What about Eleanor Waldorf, the fashion designing mom-in-chief who made Gossip Girl meanie Blair Waldorf shake in her Prada pumps? We thought so… Read more

Hear Him RoarJanuary 6, 2016

Arrive
Liz Johnson

Benjamin Scheuer, the singer-songwriter who had an Off-Broadway smash with The Lion, takes his show on the road… Read more

First Look at Gossip Girl’s Margaret Colin
in The City of Conversation
December 31, 2015

Theater Mania
Bethany Rickwald

Arena Stage has released the first images from the meet-and-greet for its upcoming production of Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation. Doug Hughes, who also directed the play’s Off-Broadway premiere at Lincoln Center in 2014, helms the production. The City of Conversation is set to run from January 29 – March 6… Read more

Dear Evan Hansen included in
top 10 theater picks for 2015
December 23, 2015

The Washington Post
Peter Marks

Dear Evan Hansen: Arena Stage was the launchpad for this surprising, thoroughly contemporary musical written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson and directed by Michael Greif, about the desperate degree to which a troubled teenager seeks to fit in… Read more

Charles Dickens plays put
local boys in the spotlight
December 21, 2015

The Washington Post
Marylou Tousignant

Over at Arena, 100 young actors auditioned for the role of Oliver. Jake Heston Miller got the part, and the 10-year-old from Warrenton, Virginia, isn’t letting go… Read more

On many area stages,
tattoos are all the rage
December 16, 2015

The Washington Post
Rebecca Ritzel

Director Molly Smith was in a tech rehearsal, watching cobalt-coiffed actor Kyle Coffman dance his way through “Consider Yourself” and other numbers in the Arena Stage production of Oliver! Observing Coffman under the stage lights, Smith decided that her Artful Dodger still looked “a little too pretty boy” to be an expert pickpocket… Read more

Ana Gasteyer to Headline
One-Night-Only Benefit at Arena Stage in 2016
December 16, 2015

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

Interviews with
Jake Heston Miller and Eleasha GambleDecember 6, 2015

WNEW
Kimberly Suiters

Oliver! cast members Eleasha Gamble (Nancy) and Jake Heston Miller (Oliver) sat down with WNEW to chat about the show.

Oliver! and the plight
of modern homelessness
December 6, 2015

BBC World News
Jane O’ Brien

The musical Oliver! is one of the staples of holiday entertainment - a hungry orphan asks for more and ends up with a home and a family. In a new production opening at Arena Stage in Washington this week, the happy ending is still there. But there’s also a bleak message about child exploitation and homelessness… Read more

Offscript: Cheryl L. West’s Spelling LessonDecember 4, 2015

American Theatre
Diep Tran

Our interview guest this week is playwright Cheryl L. West, whose newest play is Akeelah and the Bee, about an 11-year-old African-American girl who competes in a nationwide spelling bee, adapted from the popular film. It’s currently running at Arena Stage through Dec. 27, in a co-production with Children’s Theatre Company… Read more

Oliver! comes to Arena StageDecember 4, 2015

WJLA – Good Morning Washington
Autria Godfrey

Oliver! has come to Arena Stage in D.C. The classic show is playing through January 3. Two of the biggest stars of the show, Jake Heston Miller and Eleasha Gamble, stopped by GMW Friday… Read more

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat Announces CastingDecember 2, 2015

Theater Mania
Hayley Levitt

The new drama Sweat by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage has announced additional casting for its East Coast debut at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, a co-commission with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival… Read more

Additional Stories

Glorious Gamble
– DC Modern Luxury
Akeelah and the Bee
aims to inspire
– WTOP
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’
– WTOP
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
BEHIND THE SCENES OF OLIVER!
– 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!
– Fauquiernow.com
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
ONE NIGHT ONLY: MOLLY SMITH AND JOE HEIM PERFORM “THE INTERVIEW”
– 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
– Humorwriters.org
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
– WUSA9
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
– NPR
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
– WTOP
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
– WUSA9
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
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
AT ARENA STAGE
– Washingtonian
BEN PLATT GOES FROM
NERD TO LEADING MAN
–American Theatre
WATCH BEN PLATT
PREVIEW DEAR EVAN HANSEN
– Broadway.com