By Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright
Directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith
Camp David Red Carpet Premiere
Join honorary chairs President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and the Arena Stage artistic team for the world premiere of Lawrence Wright's new play Camp David starring Richard Thomas and Ron Rifkin. Before the show, guests will enjoy a VIP cocktail reception and 3-course seated dinner with private remarks from President Carter.
Post-Show Discussions with Playwright Lawrence Wright
March 21 – March 30*
Join Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, as well as a member of the Camp David creative team, after select preview performances to discuss the show, its inspiration and creation. These informal talkbacks are free and open to the public.
*Excluding March 27
Smokey Joe’s Café Kickoff Event: Meet the Cast—Wednesday, April 2
Bar opens at 8:30 p.m.
Get a sneak-peak at Arena Stage’s upcoming rock, rhythm and blues revue Smokey Joe’s Café with performances from cast members E. Faye Butler, Stephawn P. Stephens and surprise guests, who will perform songs from the show at Arena Stage’s open mic piano bar in the Grand Lobby. Tickets for the event are $6, which includes one free drink, or free to patrons attending Camp David or Loveland that evening.
Camp David Panels
The Wright Stuff: Playwright Lawrence Wright
Saturday, April 5, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
Camp David tells us of the compromises that peace demands, and of the courage and sacrifice required of leaders whose greatest challenge is to overcome their own limitations. Join us after the 2:00 p.m. performance for an extended one-one-one conversation with playwright and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Lawrence Wright.
The East Wing: The Impact of First Ladies
Saturday, April 12, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
Throughout history, no political advisor has been quite as influential on the President of the United States as the First Lady. Whether they follow the outspoken, activist model, or work behind the scenes, each woman has had her own undeniable impact on the administration - and American society. Panelists Allida Black, author of The First Ladies of the United States, and Anita McBride, Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush, discuss the influence of - and our fascination with - America's First Ladies.
Negotiating Peace: Middle East Peace Talks Then and Now
Saturday, April 19, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
President Carter’s decision to bring Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to Camp David to discuss peace in the Middle East changed history. Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, Britt Manzo, program specialist on the Arab-Israeli team in the Center for the Middle East & Africa at the United States Institute of Peace, and Aaron David Miller, former US Middle East negotiator and author of The Much Too Promised Land: America's Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace, and discuss how the Camp David Accords reverberate today and the issues facing the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Front Page News: Covering History
Saturday, April 26, following the 2:00 p.m. performance
For 13 days, the press at Camp David was kept in the dark about the progress of negotiations. As President Carter worked with both the Egyptian and Israeli delegations, and the intensity grew between Sadat and Begin, reporters were left with more questions than answers. Deborah Amos, International Correspondent for NPR, Anita Dunn, former Communications Director for President Obama, Gerald Rafshoon, Communications Director for President Carter and Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour, discuss the symbiotic relationship between politics and the press, as well as the drastic difference in today's 24/7 news cycle.
Post-Show Conversations with Artists and Staff
Engage with our shows beyond the performance at a post-show conversation.
Thursday, March 27 after the 8:00 p.m. performance
Tuesday, April 8 after the 12:00 p.m. matinee
Wednesday, April 9 after the 12:00 p.m. matinee
Tuesday, April 15 after the 7:30 p.m. performance
Wednesday, April 16 after the 12:00 p.m. matinee