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Portrait of Courage

The Heiress

  • Credits

    By Ruth Goetz and
    Augustus Goetz

    Suggested by the
    Henry James Novel
    Washington Square

    Directed By
    Seema Sueko

  • Location

    The Fichandler Stage

“This is juicy high-toned melodrama.”

– The Hollywood Reporter

The Heiress is generously sponsored by Barbara and Arthur BushkinDaniel Korengold and Martha Dippell and Ourisman and Ilene and Steven Rosenthal.

Finding one’s voice is never easy. Socially awkward and plain Catherine Sloper has struggled her entire life under the disapproving and resentful gaze of her father. It is the unexpected visit from a suitor full of sincerity and instantaneous devotion that awakens Catherine’s long abandoned hopes of true love and the opportunity for a fresh start. A devastating betrayal forces the scorned Catherine to learn how to roar, realize her truth and take control of her destiny.


Coming soon.


Seema Sueko


Ruth and Augustus Goetz


In The News

Washington Post

Arena Stage looks into history for inspiration in 2018/19 season

American Theatre Magazine

Arena’s 2018-19 Season to Feature New Tom Kitt/Nell Benjamin Musical


The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.

Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8 p.m. purchase


Post-Show Discussions
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 8 p.m.