2013/2014 Season

Event Calendar
"D.C.'s smartest, most ambitious theater." -Washington City Paper

Welcome to the 2013/14 Season at Arena Stage.

Filled with some of our country's finest theater artists, we are proud to share with you a season of dynamic new works as well as classics that will captivate and entertain you. What a spectacular time to subscribe to Arena Stage. Join us!

Molly Smith
Artistic Director

2013/14 Season Brochure

Exclusive Pre-Broadway Engagement
Estelle Parsons starring in
the Velocity of Autumn

by Eric Coble
directed by Molly Smith
in the Kreeger Theater

Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella make their Arena debut in this funny, dangerous and perceptive play about the fragility and ferocity of life. View details

World Premiere DramaLove in Afghanistan

by resident playwright Charles Randolph-Wright
directed by Lucie Tiberghien
in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
OCTOBER 11 - NOVEMBER 17, 2013

A daring world premiere drama combining the worlds of a talented hip hop artist and a mysterious Afghan interpreter in a thrilling, romantic adventure in an increasingly chaotic land. View details

A Life in Song and DanceMaurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life

a co-production with Alliance Theatre and Cleveland Play House
Created by and Starring Maurice Hines
directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun
in the Kreeger Theater

Broadway legend Maurice Hines tells the story of his life in show biz through song and dance with the help of his cohorts from Sophisticated Ladies, the unforgettable Manzari Brothers. View details

Classic Family ComedyMalcolm-Jamal Warner inGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

by Todd Kreidler
based on the screenplay by William Rose
directed by David Esbjornson
in the Fichandler Stage
NOVEMBER 29, 2013 - JANUARY 5, 2014

TV star Malcolm-Jamal Warner make his Arena debut in a new adaptation of the beloved Sidney Poitier film about family and culture and knowing which of them has the greater hold on our hearts. View details

World Premiere PresentationThe Tallest Tree in the Forest

Moises Kaufman
by Daniel Beaty
directed by Moisés Kaufman
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre / La Jolla Playhouse Production
in association with Tectonic Theater Project
in the Kreeger Theater
JANUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2014

The incomparable Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) brings to life the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the ‘best known black man in the world’ for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. View details

Epic Classical Drama
Kathleen Turner in
Mother Courage
and her children

by Bertolt Brecht
translated by David Hare
directed by Molly Smith
in the Fichandler Stage
JANUARY 31 - MARCH 9, 2014

Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married)returnsto star as a tough-as-nails matriarch who profits off the very war that steals her children from her one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? View details

World Premiere Historical DramaCamp David

by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright
directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith
in the Kreeger Theater
MARCH 21 - MAY 4, 2014

Molly Smith directs this exciting world premiere about President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat attempting to create the impossible: Peace in the Middle East. View details

Rock, Rhythm and Blues RevueSmokey Joe’s CafÉ
The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Words and Music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
directed by Randy Johnson
choreography by Parker Esse
in the Fichandler Stage
APRIL 25 - JUNE 8, 2014

Stuffed with nearly 40 popular hits from the Golden age of Rock, Rhythm and Blues including “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” and “Love Potion #9”, this longest-running musical revue in Broadway history will prove that Smokey Joe’s Café is the place to be! View details

Special Add-on Events

World Premiere Dance EventHealing Wars

created and directed by Liz Lerman
featuring Bill Pullman
in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
JUNE 7 - JUNE 29, 2014

Liz Lerman’s newest theatrical piece combines dance and narrative to explore the healers tasked with treating the physical and psychic wounds of battle and how we as individuals and a community experience and recover from war. View details

Part of the Kogod Cradle SeriesLoveland

Written & Performed by Ann Randolph
in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
MARCH 18 – APRIL 13, 2014

Fasten your seat belts for a ride you will never forget! Critically-acclaimed writer/performer Ann Randolph joins the Kogod Cradle Series in a special extended presentation of Loveland, an “unforgettable, over-the-top comedy that forces people to think”
(The Huffington Post).View details