Arena Stage’s 64th season starts this June with Janis

Arena Stage announces its upcoming 10 production season which features the return of such powerhouse performers as Mary Bridget Davies (One Night with Janis Joplin), Kathleen Turner (Mother Courage and Her Children) and Maurice Hines (Tappin’ Through Life), the American classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, the musical revue Smokey Joe’s Café, the pre-Broadway presentation of The Velocity of Autumn, and world premieres by Charles Randolph-Wright, Liz Lerman, Lawrence Wright and Daniel Beaty (previously seen here in Emergence-SEE and Resurrection).

(l-r) top: Maurice Hines, Bill Pullman, Kathleen Turner, Estelle Parsons, Stephen Spinella. bottom: Kenny Leon, Randy Baker, Mary Bridget Davies, Moises Kaufman and Charles Randolph-Wright (Photos courtesy of Arena Stage)

(l-r) top: Maurice Hines, Bill Pullman, Kathleen Turner, Estelle Parsons. bottom: Stephen Spinella, Kenny Leon, Randy Baker, Mary Bridget Davies, Moises Kaufman and Charles Randolph-Wright (Photos courtesy of Arena Stage)

Artistic Director Molly Smith summarized the season: ““From Afghanistan to the Apollo Theater, our stories are personal and human and funny and moving. People such as Paul Robeson, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller span America’s 20th century and come alive through this season. We’re pleased to be partnering with so many talented artists—Moisés Kaufman, Kenny Leon, Liz Lerman, Estelle Parsons, Bill Pullman, Charles Randolph-Wright, Kathleen Turner, Lawrence Wright—just to name a few. It’s definitely a season filled with ideas and stories that will powerfully remind us what it is to be human.”

Subscriptions are on sale now online or by calling the Arena Stage sale office: 202-488-3300. 

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater 2013/14 Schedule:

One Night with Janis Joplin
Created, written and directed by Randy Johnson / Starring Mary Bridget Davies
A co-production with Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater
June 21–August 11, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater

The Velocity of Autumn

Exclusive Pre-Broadway Engagement
By Eric Coble / Directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith
Starring Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella
September 6–October 20, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater

Love in Afghanistan

World premiere by Resident Playwright Charles Randolph-Wright
October 11–November 17, 2013 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

Tappin’ Thru Life
Created by and starring Maurice Hines / Directed by Jeff Calhoun
A co-production with Alliance Theatre and Cleveland Play House
November 15–December 29, 2013 in the Kreeger Theater

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

By Todd Kreidler / Based on the screenplay by William Rose / Directed by Kenny Leon
November 29, 2013–January 5, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage

A presentation of the world premiere production of Tectonic Theater Project’s

The Tallest Tree—A Portrait of Paul Robeson
By Daniel Beaty
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
January 10–February 16, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater

Mother Courage and her Children
By Bertolt Brecht / Directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith
Starring Academy Award & Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner
January 31–March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage

Camp David
World Premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright / Directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith
March 21–May 4, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater

Smokey Joe’s Café
By Jerry Leiber and Matt Stoller / Directed by Randy Johnson
April 25–June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage

Healing Wars
World premiere created and directed by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Liz Lerman
Featuring Bill Pullman
June 6–29, 2014 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

 

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