Arena Stage is located in the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood of D.C., away from the downtown area. You’ll see much construction underway that will soon make this a happenin’ place, but until then, Arena Stage is the neighborhood’s main attraction. And an attraction it is, drawing 300,000 people annually to its productions dedicated to “putting the American spirit in the spotlight.” A major expansion in 2010 made Arena Stage D.C.’s second largest theater space after the Kennedy Center. Officially called “The Mead Center for American Theater,” the venue’s three staging areas are the theater-in-the-round Fichandler, the fan-shaped Kreeger, and the intimate (200-seat), oval-shaped Kogod Cradle. Founded in 1950, Arena Stage was a pioneer and remains a leader in the regional theater movement.
Arena’s 2015 to 2016 season highlights include world premiere productions of Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel; presentations of Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning drama, All the Way and Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning drama, Disgraced; and the musical Oliver.
- Elise Hartman Ford