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Carters Return to Capital, Onstage

The New York Times
Sheryl Gay Stolberg

WASHINGTON – Jimmy Carter was never a creature of Washington, and so after he lost re-election in 1980 – “I was involuntarily retired,” he often says – he seldom looked back. But on Thursday night, Mr. Carter will return to the capital in the strange role of spectator to his often-maligned presidency.

The occasion is the opening of Camp David, a play about the 13 historic, maddening days Mr. Carter spent at the presidential retreat on Catoctin Mountain in 1978, his presidency in the balance, negotiating the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel… Read more

Richard Thomas and Lawrence Wright interviewed by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC

Coming to a theater near you: Scalia! The play!

Washington Post
Peter Marks

For anyone who finds the persona of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a little bit theatrical, Arena Stage thinks it's found the perfect play. Next season, the company will stage the world premiere of a three-actor drama in which the main character is Scalia.

The Originalist, by D.C. playwright John Strand, is the rarest of theater pieces… Read more

Edward Gero

President Carter to Open New Play on Camp David

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, plan to join the premiere of the new play Camp David by Lawrence Wright that opens in April in Washington.

The Arena Stage announced Thursday that the Carters will serve as honorary chairs of the red-carpet premiere of Camp David. It's a fundraising event scheduled for April 3 to support programs at the theater. Read more

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