Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Dear Evan Hansen
A letter, a lie, a life he never dreamed he could have.
Evan Hansen (Pitch Perfect's Ben Platt) is about to get everything he’s ever wanted: the girl of his dreams, the perfect family he’s always longed for and a chance to finally fit in. He just has to hope that his chance to connect isn’t blown by the secrets he has to conceal.
Featuring a score by Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), a book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex) and directed by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal), Dear Evan Hansen is a moving and original musical about more than how we share, like or friend; it’s about how we love, feel and survive in the modern world.
Dear Evan Hansen is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
Dear Evan Hansen – What's the Buzz?
Audiences can't stop talking how great Dear Evan Hansen is. When are you coming?
Dear Evan Hansen – Behind the Music
Preview new songs from the world-premiere musical Dear Evan Hansen, plus interviews with composers Pasek & Paul and stars Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss.
Dear Evan Hansen – Teaser
From the director of Rent and Next to Normal and the songwriting "heirs to Rodgers and Hammerstein" (Vanity Fair) comes a moving, original musical - Dear Evan Hansen. Begins July 10.
Ben Platt Sings from Dear Evan Hansen
Ben Platt wows a packed audience with a number from Dear Evan Hansen before a special screening of his latest film, Pitch Perfect 2. Get your tickets for Dear Evan Hansen now.
Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss debut new Dear Evan Hansen Song
This will be your new favorite song. Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss debut ‘Only Us’ in rehearsals of Dear Evan Hansen.
LAURA DREYFUSS (Zoe) is so happy to return to D.C. in this beautiful production. She was previously seen at the Kennedy Center in Hair (first national tour and Broadway). Other New York credits include Once (Broadway) and the New York Theater Workshop production of What's it all About? (Off-Broadway). She was most recently seen on television as Madison McCarthy in the sixth and final season of Glee. She received her BFA in theater from The Boston Conservatory.
MIKE FAIST (Connor/Dance Captain) is originally from Columbus, Ohio and moved to New York when he was 17 to pursue acting. Mike made his Broadway debut in Newsies as an original cast member — he created the role of Morris Delancey for the regional premiere and continued through the Broadway transfer. This winter he starred Off-Broadway opposite Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage in A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company (dir. Erica Schmidt). Other theater credits include Appropriate (Signature Theatre Company, dir. Liesl Tommy), A Wind in the Willows and Christmas (Two Rivers Theater, dir. Daniella Topol). Films include Mania Days (dir. Paul Dalio, prod. Spike Lee), Lake City (dir. Aaron Fisher-Cohen), the upcoming indie License Plates (dir. Marc Lucas) and The Grief of Others (dir. Patrick Wang), which recently premiered at SXSW and will be having its international premiere in L’ACID program in the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
RACHEL BAY JONES (Heidi)’s Broadway credits include Pippin (Catherine), Hair (Mother, Buddhadalirama) and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (u/s Lucia). Off-Broadway credits include Hello Again (the Actress) with Transport Group. National tour of A Christmas Story, The Musical (Mother). Regional credits include Sylvia (Sylvia) and The King and I (Anna), among others. She has also appeared on the television show Louie and has a solo album, entitled ShowFolk. By day, Rachel is the mother to a 12-year old girl.
ALEXIS MOLNAR (Alana) is thrilled to be a part of bringing Dear Evan Hansen to D.C. Theater credits include Off-Broadway’s Harbor by Chad Beguelin (Lottie) at 59E59 Theater; Pack of Lies (Julie) and Harbor (Lottie, winner of Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance) at Westport Playhouse and The Seagull (Masha) at Pace. Television credits include Comedy Central’s Boyfriendz, SNL w/ Paul Rudd and The Next Big Thing on Oxygen TV. Film credits include Outliving Emily with Olympia Dukakis, Sharknado 2 and Admissions. Live performances at 54Below, Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge and Laurie Beechman. Training at Pace MT, RADA London and Second City Chicago, BAA. Thanks/love: Mom, Dad, Trapper, Christian, Clancy and Dave/SGM. alexismolnar.com @alexiskaymolnar
MICHAEL PARK (Larry)’s recent stage credits include Tuck Everlasting at Alliance Theatre. Broadway credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Gooper), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Mr. Bratt), Carousel (Billy), Smokey Joe’s Café (original cast) and Little Me (Lucky). Off-Broadway credits include Threepenny Opera (ATC), Hello Again (Lincoln Center), Violet, The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons), Bloomer Girl, Applause (City Center Encores!) and Middletown (Vineyard Theatre). Michael is best known for his work as Jack Snyder on As the World Turns, for which he received two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. He recently appeared on NBC’s television broadcast of Peter Pan Live. Other recent noteworthy television appearances include NBC’s presentation of The Sound of Music Live! and arcs on Netflix’s House of Cards as well as Chicago PD for NBC.
BEN PLATT (Evan) is best known for starring as Benji Applebaum in Universal Pictures' smash hit Pitch Perfect and reprises his role in Pitch Perfect 2 now in theaters. Platt can soon be seen alongside Meryl Streep in the film Ricki and the Flash, and has been cast in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. He most recently made his Broadway debut as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, for which The New York Times called his performance “sensational.” Platt first took on the role to critical acclaim in the show’s Chicago run in 2012, earning him a Broadway World Chicago Award for Best Actor in a Touring Production. This past fall, Platt sold out his first solo cabaret show at 54 Below. National tour credits include Caroline, or Change (directed by George C. Wolfe and Tony Kushner). Regional credits include The Black Suits (Barrington Stage Company), The Power of Duff (New York Stage and Film, Stephen Belber), Dead End (directed by Nicholas Martin, Ahmanson Theatre), The Music Man, Mame, Camelot and The Sound of Music (Hollywood Bowl, directed by Gordon Hunt). Workshops/readings of Breaking Bobby Stone (directed by Peter Scolari), Murder at the Gates (directed by Peter Dubois, Steven Sater), Alice By Heart (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik), Irma La Douce (directed by Rob Ashford, starring Katie Holmes) and Bridges of Madison County (directed by Bartlett Sher, Jason Robert Brown).
WILL ROLAND (Jared) is a Brooklyn-based actor/singer/human. Recent credits include The Black Suits at Center Theatre Group and Barrington Stage Company, The Bus at 59E59, Billy Witch with Studio42 and The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular. Will is passionate about new work, having helped develop work through 2nd Stage, La Jolla and Arena Stage, as well as NYMF, various Fringe festivals and bunches of concerts. Will is a Studio 42 resident artist and board member (stu42.com) and Musical Theatre Factory founding member (musicaltheatrefactory.org). Thanks Mom, Dad, Val, Station3, Judy Boals and my many teachers for their support throughout this crazy endeavor.
JENNIFER LAURA THOMPSON (Cynthia) makes her Arena Stage debut. Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It (Eileen Evergreen); Lend Me a Tenor (Diana); Urinetown (Hope Cladwell for which she received a Tony nomination); Footloose (Ariel Moore, original cast) and Wicked (Glinda, first replacement). Off-Broadway credits include Company (filmed for PBS: Live from Lincoln Center). She has had the pleasure of doing several Encores! productions at New York City Center and has sung with symphonies across the country and Europe. TV/film credits include Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, Company and Construction. She graduated from University of Michigan with a BFA in musical theater.
STEVEN LEVENSON (Book) is an award-winning playwright, currently at work as a writer and co-producer on Showtime’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Masters of Sex. His plays include The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin (Roundabout Theatre Company, Outer Critics Circle Award), Core Values (Ars Nova, Drama Desk Nominee for Best Play), The Language of Trees (Roundabout) and Seven Minutes in Heaven (Colt Coeur; Emerging America Festival/Huntington Theatre Company). His work has been seen and developed by Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC Theater, Hartford Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Araca Group. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University and former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova, he has received new play commissions from Roundabout, Lincoln Center, MCC and Ars Nova. He is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova’s Play Group.
BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL (Music and Lyrics)’s Broadway credits include A Christmas Story, The Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), which received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Off-Broadway credits include Dogfight (Second Stage Theatre), the Lucille Lortel Award-winner for Best New Musical. Other theater credits include James and the Giant Peach (Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Musicals and Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Edges. In TV, their original songs were featured on season two of NBC's Smash and rose to the top 25 on the iTunes pop charts. They have also written songs for Sesame Street (PBS) and Johnny and the Sprites (Disney Channel). Other songwriting honors include the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Sundance Institute Fellowship; ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award; Dramatists Guild Fellowship; Jonathan Larson Award; and Billboard Magazine Top 5 Broadway Songwriters. Benj and Justin work actively as teachers conducting master classes at top theater programs and universities around the world. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America.
MICHAEL GREIF (Director)’s work was last seen at Arena Stage when he directed Next to Normal. Broadway credits include If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and LaChanze; Next to Normal; Grey Gardens; Rent (Tony Award nominations) and Never Gonna Dance. At the Delacorte, Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway credits include new plays, musicals and revivals at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival/Public, NYTW, Roundabout, Second Stage and Signature, including Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho, the 2010 revival of Angels in America (Lortel Award), Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide … (Public), Guare's Landscape of the Body (Signature) and musical adaptations of Giant (Public) and Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). He received Obie Awards for Machinal and Dogeaters (Public) and for Rent (NYTW). Regional credits include Williamstown (nine seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Center Stage, Goodman, Guthrie, CTG/Taper, DTC and Trinity Rep. Education: Northwestern (BS), UCSD (MFA). Upcoming: The Tempest (Delacorte).
DANNY MEFFORD (Choreographer)’s choreography credits include Fun Home on Broadway (Lortel nomination), Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte Theatre, The Bridges of Madison County, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Drama Desk nomination), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Astaire and Lortel nominations), Dance Dance Revolution for director Alex Timbers, Good Person of Szechwan starring Taylor Mac, February House, Pump Boys and Dinettes for City Center Encores! and Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play for 13P. Upcoming: The Sound of Music North American tour for director Jack O’Brien. Danny graduated summa cum laude from the University of Evansville and holds an M.F.A. from Brown University.
ALEX LACAMOIRE (Music Supervisor) won a Tony and a Grammy as the music supervisor, co-orchestrator and cast album producer of In the Heights. His latest project is Hamilton (The Public Theater; premiering on B’way in summer 2015), for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for the Orchestrations. Other credits as music director, arranger and/or orchestrator for Wicked; Bring It On; 9 to 5 (Drama Desk and Grammy nominations); Annie (2011 B’way revival); Working (59E59); The Wiz (City Center); The People in the Picture; Legally Blonde; High Fidelity; Bat Boy: The Musical; Fly (Dallas Theater Center) and the 2001 National Tour of Godspell. He is an Emmy-nominated composer for Sesame Street on PBS.
BEN COHN (Music Director) is currently on Broadway as the assistant conductor for Wicked. He also music directs for Clay Aiken, Stephanie J. Block and recording artist Alfio. His Broadway credits include The Woman in White, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, In My Life and Wonderful Town. His pre-Broadway work includes The Book of Mormon, 9 to 5, Anastasia and Finding Neverland. As an arranger/musical director he has worked for Disney Cruise Line, Tokyo Disney, Sea World, Busch Gardens, NBC and BC/EFA. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and his Masters from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU. He lives in NYC with his partner Sean McDaniel and their son Allister.
DROR BAITEL (Music Director) is excited to be making his regional debut at Arena Stage and to be working with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. On Broadway, Dror worked on Disney’s hit Mary Poppins, Matilda and the 2015 Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I. He is a recipient of the American Israel Cultural Foundation Award and has performed in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall among other prestigious venues.
DAVID KORINS (Scenic Designer) is a New York-based scenic and production designer. He previously designed Trouble in Mind at Arena Stage. Broadway credits include Hamilton, Motown, Annie, the Tony Award-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Chinglish, An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange and Bridge and Tunnel. Other credits include Here Lies Love at the Public Theater and the National Theater. David has served as the creative director for concerts for Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Sia, and designed many interactive installations for Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Project Pabst music festivals. He is the recipient of Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, three Henry Hewes Awards and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design. www.davidkorinsdesign.com
JAPHY WEIDEMAN (Lighting Designer)’s Broadway credits include The Visit, Airline Highway, The Heidi Chronicles, Of Mice and Men (Tony nomination), The Nance (Tony nomination), The Snow Geese, Macbeth (Drama Desk nomination) and Cyrano de Bergerac. Select New York credits include 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theatre); What’s It All About: Bacharach Reimagined (NYTW); Booty Candy (Playwrights Horizons); Punk Rock (MCC); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Co); The Oldest Boy (LCT); Wild with Happy (The Public/NYSF) and Jack Goes Boating (Drama Desk Nom). Regional credits include ACT, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival. International credits include the West End; RSC; La Scala; Nederlandse Opera; Epidaurus, Greece and Edinburgh International Festival.
PETER NIGRINI (Projection Designer)’s Broadway credits include The Heidi Chronicles, The Best Man, Fela!, 9 to 5 and Say Goodnight Gracie. Additional credits include Grounded and Here Lies Love (The Public Theater), Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (2nd Stage), Notes from Underground (Yale Rep), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Rent (New World Stages), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (NYCOpera) and Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). He also designed projections for No Dice and Life Times (Nature Theater of Oklahoma) at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. Upcoming projects include Amelie (Berkley Rep) and Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave).
JUDITH SCHOENFELD (Production Stage Manager)’s Broadway credits include If/Then, Next to Normal and Grey Gardens. Off-Broadway credits include numerous productions at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre for a New Audience, Mabou Mines and Classic Stage Company. She has done additional work with Williamstown Theater Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Judith is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.
MICHAEL MCGOFF (Assistant Stage Manager) makes his Arena Stage debut. His Broadway credits include Next To Normal, Wicked, Cymbeline, Butley, Festen, Edward Albee’s Seascape and The Rivals. National tours include The Wizard of Oz, La Cage aux Folles, Next to Normal and Rent. He’s worked on five productions in Central Park including The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. Off-Broadway favorites include The Explorers Club (MTC), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Vineyard), Our Lady of Kibeho and Burn This. Regionally he’s worked with Denver Center, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Guthrie Theater and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Michael has called NYC home for 17 years with his husband Don and Thurston. He’s pleased to be working on this new piece with Judy, Leigh and Laura.
TARA RUBIN CASTING (New York Casting Director)'s Arena Stage credits include Other Desert Cities, Ruined and A Time to Kill. Selected Broadway/national tour credits include Dr. Zhivago, School of Rock, Gigi, It Shoulda Been You, Aladdin, Bullets over Broadway, Mothers and Sons, Les Misérables, Big Fish, The Heiress, Ghost, One Man, Two Guvnors (US Casting), How to Succeed.., Promises, Promises, A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, The Farnsworth Invention, Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Pirate Queen, Spamalot, Jersey Boys, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera and Contact. Off-Broadway credits include Here Lies Love, Old Jews Telling Jokes and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional credits for Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory, Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, but reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 202-488-3300.
Building an American Musical: A Conversation with the Creative Team Moderated by Peter Marks
July 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
Steven Levenson, Michael Greif, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul discuss the exciting artistic process behind the creation of a new American musical. The conversation will be moderated by Peter Marks, chief theater critic at The Washington Post, and followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.
Arena Stage Piano Bars - FREE
Hosted by Joshua Morgan with LaTiDo
July 15 and 17 after Dear Evan Hansen
Sip on a cocktail and “sing out, Louise!” as host Joshua Morgan, along with LaTiDo and special guests, keep the show tunes coming as they transform Arena’s lobby into a lively, late-night piano bar.
Connect with our shows beyond the performance at a post-show conversation with artists and staff, August 6 following the 8:00 p.m. performance and August 11 following the 7:30 p.m. performance.
July 26, 2:00 pm
August 8, 2:00 pm
August 13, 8:00 pm
August 19, 7:30 pm (OC)