Right to be Forgotten
October 11 – November 10, 2019
Written by Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Seema Sueko
Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
[Rothstein’s] work has been called “a force of nature.”
The Internet never forgets. A young man’s mistake at 17 haunts him online a decade later. Desperate for a normal life, he goes to extraordinary lengths to erase his indiscretion. But freedom of information is big business, and the tech companies aren’t going down without a fight. Secrets, lies and political backstabbing abound in this riveting new drama about one man’s fierce battle to reclaim his right to privacy. Playwright Sharyn Rothstein (By the Water, USA Network’s "Suits"), winner of the prestigious 2015 Primus Prize and whose work has been called “touching & affecting” (New York Times), has written a striking allegory about privacy, social media and human forgiveness in the age of the internet.
Right to be Forgotten is generously sponsored by Joan and David Maxwell, Christopher Wolf and James Beller and is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
Right to be Forgotten runs approximately one hour and 35 minutes with no intermission.
A timeline of the right to be forgotten
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In The News
Sharyn Rothstein & John Austin talk about current themes in Right to be Forgotten
Woman Around Town
Shubhangi Kuchibhotla Talks About Online Dating in Arena Stage’s Right to Be Forgotten
Photo Flash: Arena Stage Celebrates Opening Night of Right to be Forgotten
Sharyn Rothstein talks about timeliness of Right to be Forgotten
Recode Decode with Kara Swisher
Sharyn Rothstein and Seema Sueko chat about timely themes in Right to be Forgotten
Arena’s Right To Be Forgotten: A Conversation with Guadalupe Campos
Arena Stage tackles Internet privacy — and permanence — in Right to Be Forgotten
BWW Interview: John Austin Explores the Right to be Forgotten at Arena Stage
Writer's Haven Show with V. Helena
Sharyn Rothstein chats about Right to be Forgotten
Right to be Forgotten: Interview with Playwright Sharyn Rothstein
Front Mezz Junkies
John Austin Talks About Not Judging a Book by Its Cover, Digitally.
Northern Virginia Magazine
Right to be Forgotten director talks privacy, free speech and more
The Privacy Advisor
The Privacy Advisor Podcast: The Right To Be Forgotten hits pop culture
Photo Flash: Inside First Rehearsal For Right to be Forgotten at Arena Stage
American Theatre Magazine
TCG Announces 2nd Round of 2019 Edgerton New Play Awards
Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announce Second Round Of 2019 Recipients
World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s Right to Be Forgotten Finds Its Cast at Arena Stage
Arena Stage Announces Cast and Creative Team Announced for Right to be Forgotten
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Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m.
Privacy Law Panel
Thursday, October 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with a reception from 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Moderated by Kara Swisher, co-founder and editor-at-large of Recode and New York Times contributing writer. Presented in conjunction with the world-premiere play, Right to be Forgotten, which deals with themes surrounding free speech, privacy and the Internet.
Tuesday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 30 at 12 p.m.
Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Special Guests: Chris Wolf, founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum and partner at Hogan Lovells; and Arena Stage's Deputy Artistic Director Seema Sueko, director of Right to be Forgotten
Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Purchase
Saturday, October 12 at 8 p.m. Purchase
Sunday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase
Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. Purchase