The 51st State
Arena Stage’s third film in four months, The 51st State premiered on September 16 and was inspired by the protests and and the drive for the creation of a movement after the murder of George Floyd and the quest for the creation of the 51st state and sovereignty in Washington, D.C.
Nick "the 1da" Hernandez
Dane Figueroa Edidi
Farah Lawal Harris
Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Teshonne Nicole Powell
Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe
Gregory Keng Strasser
Mary Hall Surface
Sherri L. Edelen
James J. Johnson
Jason B. McIntosh
Gary L. Perkins III
Thomas Adrian Simpson
In Their Own Words
The 51st State is generously sponsored by The Artistic Director Fund, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, Joanne Barker, Jane Lang and The Barbara R. Walton Endowment Fund for New Playwrights.
Arena Stage extends special thanks to Suzanne Blue Star Boy, Chalkline Productions, LLC, Southwest Business Improvement District, SAG-AFTRAand Zanni Productions.
The 51st State is a project of Arena Stage’s Fall/Winter 2020 season Looking Forward (Artistic Director Molly Smith, Executive Producer Edgar Dobie).
In the News
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The 51st State takes a look at the social justice movement
Seema Sueko discusses the process of making 'The 51st State' and the future of theater.
DC Theatre Scene
D.C. citizens speak through Arena Stage’s new film 'The 51st State'
BWW Video: Watch Arena Stage's Latest World Premiere Film 'The 51st State'
Arena Stage Releases Third World-Premiere Film, ‘The 51st State’
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Playwright Aria Velz Talks About Arena Stage’s Film 'The 51st State'
Arena Stage Releases 'The 51st State', A Movie About D.C. Statehood
Woman Around Town
'The 51st State' – BLM and the Movement for D.C. Representation
DC Metro Theater Arts
Arena Stage docudrama makes case for making D.C. ‘The 51st State’
WJLA - Good Morning Washington
New film highlights Black Lives Matter movement and D.C.'s fight for statehood
The Washington Post
To understand what’s going on in the streets of D.C., theaters are having stage artists make movies.
Arena Stage tackles D.C. statehood, racism in livestream ’The 51st State’
Molly Smith speaks about the premiere of The 51st State