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Mead Center Parking
2018/19 Parking
Mead Center Parking
Rain. Wind. Freezing Cold. No matter. Go from your car seat to your theater seat without braving the elements by reserving parking in our convenient, on-site parking garage. Reserved parking starts at just $18 ($17 for Arena Stage subscribers or groups)!




Richard's Place Reservations
Treat yourself to a convenient prix fixe meal of tasty selections. Enjoy choice of soup or salad, main entrée and dessert — all for just $25 ($22 when you pre-order today, $20 for Arena Stage subscribers or groups). Available two hours before the show.




Pre-order Drinks
2018/19 Café
Pre-order Drinks
Order your beverage in advance and enjoy great savings on wine, beer, and other non-liquor drinks. Available via advance orders only.




Arena Civil Dialogues
2018/19 Season
Arena Civil Dialogues
These dialogues seek to provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, DC metropolitan community to engage in discourse about major current issues. They also seek to demonstrate that people of very diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another. We hence assume that all participants have consented to heed the rules of civil dialogue, such as not attributing motives, not demonizing the other side, and showing that they truly listen to the other. There will be a few dialogue starters but most of the time will be dedicated to give and take among the participants. The dialogues will be moderated by Amitai Etzioni.


<span class="fc_order" data-order="30">Anything Goes
2018/19 Season
Anything Goes
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original book by Guy Bolton & P. G. Wodehouse and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
Directed by Molly Smith
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Music Direction by Paul Sportelli

The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy with the help of showgirls, sailors, and public enemy #13, to find, woo and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter. It’s the perfect night out at the theater — contagiously fun and pure “musical comedy joy!” (New York Times)


<span class="fc_order" data-order="40">Indecent
2018/19 Season
Indecent
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Eric Rosen
Co-Production with Baltimore Center Stage and Kansas City Repertory

In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.


<span class="fc_order" data-order="50">Kleptocracy
2018/19 Season
Kleptocracy
By special arrangement with Robert Ahrens
By Kenneth Lin

It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S. — Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.


<span class="fc_order" data-order="60">The Heiress
2018/19 Season
The Heiress
By Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz
Suggested by the Henry James Novel Washington Square
Directed by Seema Sueko

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.


<span class="fc_order" data-order="70">JQA
2018/19 Season
JQA
Written and Directed by Aaron Posner

Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term President and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this Power Play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.


<span class="fc_order" data-order="80">Junk
2018/19 Season
Junk
By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Jackie Maxwell

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of “saving America.” Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, “this epic piece of work” (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.


<span class="fc_order" data-order="90">Jubilee
2018/19 Season
Jubilee
Written and Directed by Tazewell Thompson

The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a capella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this a capella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.