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The Season

Gold Standard American musicalMy Fair Lady

Molly Smith
based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
music by Frederick Loewe
directed by Molly Smith
choreographed by Daniel Pelzig
in the Fichandler
NOVEMBER 2, 2012 – JANUARY 6, 2013

Just as Molly Smith’s record-breaking production of Oklahoma! was enthralling audiences at Arena, her fresh reinterpretation of My Fair Lady set the all-time box office record at the prestigious Shaw Festival in Canada. And now Molly is reassembling her creative team to bring this breathtaking musical to Arena Stage. When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe’s sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You live,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Based on Shaw’s most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd-pleasing celebration for the entire family.

Blues-Fueled LocomotivePullman Porter Blues

Pullman Porter BluesCheryl L. West
by Cheryl L. West
directed by Lisa Peterson
a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre
in the Kreeger
NOVEMBER 23, 2012 – JANUARY 6, 2013

Jam-packed with 12 classic blues songs, including “Sweet Home Chicago,” Pullman Porter Blues is the world-premiere production that reveals the true heroes hidden within every man. It’s June 1937 and the Panama Limited, bound from Chicago to New Orleans, is bouncing to the beat of the rollicking Midwest blues. Most folks are tuned in to the Joe Louis/James Braddock championship bout, but the men of the Sykes family – three generations of porters – know there’s more at stake than just a boxing title, as they battle each other, racial tensions, and an uncertain future. Will the hope they get from the Brown Bomber be the fuel this family needs to make a better life or will progress tear them apart?

Powerful Social DramaGood People

Good People David
by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by Jackie Maxwell
in the Kreeger
FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 10, 2013

Enter South Boston’s Lower End, where minimum wage is the maximum wage and hard work and sacrifice don’t ensure success. Facing eviction, single mother and mouthy “Southie” native Margaret Walsh reunites with an old flame who “made good,” hoping that his fortune can somehow improve her own. But not every man wants to relive his past, and with each surprising twist of their meeting they discover the di re costs the truth can hold. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and named the Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle during its Broadway run, Good People is a “poignant, brave and almost subversive” (New York Post) drama about life in a broke and broken American town.

Special Limited-Run Event
Double Edge Theatre presents
The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)

Photos courtesy of Double Edge Theatre
in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
FEBRUARY 6 – 10, 2013

Immerse yourself in the “unpredictable and imaginative” (American Theatre) world of acclaimed theater troupe Double Edge Theatre. Inspired by the multi-layered paintings of Marc Chagall, The Grand Parade is an original world premiere event that fuses physically daring spectacle with evocative music to create a thrilling, kaleidoscopic exploration of the 20th century.

Conceived by Artistic Director Stacy Klein and the Double Edge ensemble with original music by renowned Russian composer Alexander Bakshi.

Dazzling TheatricalityLookingglass Theatre Company’s production ofMetamorphoses

Mary Zimmerman
written and directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman
based on a translation by David Slavitt of Ovid's Metamorphoses
in the Fichandler
FEBRUARY 8 – MARCH 17, 2013

Back in D.C. for the first time since her smash hit productions of The Arabian Nights and Candide, and ten years after this exquisite production stormed Broadway and earned her the Tony Award for Best Director, MacArthur “Genius” Mary Zimmerman returns with Metamorphoses. Zimmerman’s magical interpretation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses proves myths about romance, family, loss and redemption never go out of style. Through lyrical storytelling and stunning imagery, Zimmerman constructs a wondrous world where gods and mortals interact in a giant pool on our famous in-the-round stage. These timeless stories – “powerful, moving, and funny” (Talkin’ Broadway) – ripple through the depths of imagination, reminding us of the transformative power of theater.

World-Premiere PlayMary T. & Lizzy K.

Mary T. & Lizzy K. Tazewell Thompson
written and directed by Tazewell Thompson
in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
MARCH 15 – APRIL 28, 2013

Writer-director Tazewell Thompson (dir. M. Butterfly, Yellowman) stitches together an insider's look at the unlikely friendship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her talented seamstress, the successful freed slave Elizabeth Keckly. As one woman’s skilled hands work overtime, creating the most beautiful garments of her career, the other's reality continues to slip ever further from her grasp. Old wounds and new recriminations explode in this riveting drama about loss, love and the importance of promises, both kept and broken. This world premiere drama is the first commission of Arena Stage’s American President’s Project.

Award-Winning DramaThe Mountaintop

The Mountaintop Katori Hall
by resident playwright Katori Hall
directed by Robert O’Hara
in the Kreeger
MARCH 29 – MAY 12, 2013

Hailed as “daring, rousing and provocative” by Entertainment Weekly, The Mountaintop is Katori Hall’s bold reimagining of the last night of the historic life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Exhausted from delivering a significant speech, Dr. King rests in his room at the Lorraine Motel when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young maid compels him to confront his own humanity and the fate of our nation. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop’s “soul-stirring” (Variety) storytelling fuses theatricality with spirituality to reach a summit that will leave audiences breathless.

Insightful Comedy-DramaOther Desert Cities

Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz
by Jon Robin Baitz
directed by Kyle Donnelly
in the Fichandler
APRIL 26 – MAY 26, 2013

After a six-year absence, Brooke Wyeth returns to her Reaganite parents’ Palm Springs enclave for the holidays. But the warm desert air turns chilly when news of her upcoming memoir threatens to revive the most painful chapter of the family’s history. Perception and reality grapple with love and mercy as old family wounds are opened, childhood memories are tested, and the Wyeth clan learns that some secrets cannot stay buried forever. Full of surprisingly touching moments, Pulitzer Prize nominee Jon Robin Baitz (A Fair Country) brings dysfunctional family drama to new heights in this witty, deeply enjoyable work NY1 called “one of the best new plays of the decade.”