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Upcoming Events
Arena Stage

Civil Dialogues
Civil Dialogues: September 16
Where: Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in the Molly Smith Study
When: 5:30 p.m.- 7p.m.
What: A community conversation that brings members of the DMV together to engage in civil discourse about social and political issues
Topic: Does China pose a major threat to the United States, or might it become a major regional partner?
*All other Civil Dialogue dates can be found in this PRESS RELEASE

Privacy Law Panel
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in the Molly Smith Study
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. Panelists include playwright Sharyn Rothstein (Arena’s Right to be Forgotten, USA Network’s “Suits”)
and a variety of experts on the subject matter. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
This event is free and open to the public.

August Wilson Festival Panels:
                Arena Stage is hosting a yearlong festival to honor the work of August Wilson.
As a part of the festival Arena will be hosting three panels throughout the 2019/2020 season.

Women of Wilson Panel: April 25
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in the Molly Smith Study
This will consist of a panel of women, including award-winning actress, director and producer Michele Shay (Broadway’s Seven Guitars),
who have originated and defined Wilson’s strong female characters. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Soyica Colbert,
chair of the Department of Performing Arts, director of Theater and Performance Studies
and a professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University.

Opens November 15th
2nd Star Productions
A Christmas Carol, the Musical
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent
Direction by Brian Douglas
Assistant Direction by Mary Wakefield
Music Direction by Mimi Kuhn McGinnis
Choreography by Kristin Rigsby
November 15 - December 14, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 3 pm, with the c
Closing performance Saturday December 14th at 3 pm.
Please go to this link for tickets.

A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens' most well-known story.
Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors)
and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale!

Opens December 5th
Peace Mountain Theatre Company
Other Desert Cities
A Play by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Julie Janson
December 5, 7, 12 & 14 at 8 pm
December 8 & 15 at 2 pm
Followed by panel discussions on:
Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15
Talk-back Q&A session with cast
Congregation Har Shalom (View)
11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854
Visit the website for more information or to purchace tickets.

Rockville Little Theatre
The Spitfire Grill
Sunday, December 8 @ 5 PM
The Kentlands Mansion, 320 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Monday, December 9 @ 7 PM
The Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Auditions will include cold readings from the script, individually and in groupings.
Please be prepared to list your conflicts (i.e, dates when you can’t attend rehearsals).
Please prepare 16 bars of a broadway show tune or a folk song and bring the music. An accompanist will be provided.
Performances will be March 6-22 at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.

Cast of Characters
Percy Talbot – Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence. Strong folk/country belt to ‘D’, some head voice required. (F- early 20s)
Hannah Ferguson – A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range. (F- 70ish)
Shelby Thorpe – A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk soprano with strong high belt to ‘D’. (F- mid 30s)
Caleb Thorpe – Out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the past. Solid folk/rock voice with an edge
[Top ‘G’]. (M- early 40s)
Sheriff Joe Sutter – A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong folk tenor to a ‘G’ [touches an ‘A’].
(M- mid-late 20s)
Effy Krayneck – Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range.
Carries close harmony. (F- 50s)
The Visitor – A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body. (M- 40s)

Please visit our audition page for audition form, conflict calendar and more information.

Opens December 7th
The Christmas Revels
Celestial Fools
Saturday, December 7, 2:00-4:30 pm & 7:30-10:00 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2:00-4:30 pm
Friday, December 13, 7:30-10:00 pm
Saturday, December 14, 2:00-4:30 pm & 7:30-10:00 pm
Sunday, December 15, 1:00-3:30 pm & 5:00-7:30 pm
GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Visit our Website for tickets or more information
The Christmas Revels
Tickets are $12-65

Magic is just around the corner in a rustic village in Europe! As the Winter days grow short, three wandering performers from far-off lands
weave music, dance and stories from their cultures into an enchanting and dramatic tale of the Winter Solstice.
But when the sun finally sets on the longest night — and darkness seems to stretch on without end — these "Celestial Fools"
lead us on a journey into the heavens to reclaim the light and restore its warmth to the world.

Our cast of over 100, ages 9-90, invites you to join tradition bearers Karim Nagi, Shizumi Shigeto Manale and Mark Novak for this timeless fable.
Sing along and dance through the aisles to eclectic instrumentals by Seth Kibel, Vladimir Fridman and Bob Abbott, with the glorious tones of the Washington Revels Brass. And as we prepare to call back the Sun, let's light a candle, deck the hall, and revel in this exuberant blend of seasonal celebrations from around the world and across the centuries. Welcome Yule!

Maryland Community Theatre Festival
will be
January 17 - 19, 2020
Chesapeake College
Black Box Theatre
Wye Mills,MD
Entry Forms are available on our website.
We must have Entry Forms returned by October 31, 2019
If you intend to participate and we have not already heard from you, please fill out the form on our website.

Director Seeking A Venue!
For a production this Fall of:
The Glass Menagerie
Smaller venue is fine, anywhere in the DMV area.
Can pay for the use.
Any available venues, ideas, leads would be helful!

Contact Ed Starr:

Movement and Voice Workshop
Kentlands Community Players
Discover Your Embodied Voice
Discover your voice, use it to connect to your body and let your body think for you, free you of thoughts,
show you your authentic body language, and ability to use full range of motion.
This workshop is for people with any level of movement experience.
Through simple movement exercises and theater techniques you will:

  • awaken your physical awareness of sounds and their impact on your body
  • feel more alive and embodied and try a new way of meditating in motion
  • explore the ways to experience your emotions through movement and become a more active agent in your life