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Day at the Theater


King Hedley has returned, but to reign for how long? With an angry scar down the length of his face and seven years of prison haunting him, King has a chance to lock away his past and achieve an entrepreneurial dream. But Pittsburgh’s Hill District is an unforgiving place, and the return of Elmore, a scheming conman armed with a derringer and family secrets, could strike a fatal blow to King’s second coming. The eighth installment of August Wilson’s acclaimed play cycle examining Black America, King Hedley II is one of the most stirring and ferocious explorations of fate, honor and the daily struggles of American life.


By August Wilson

Directed by Timothy Douglas


Arena Stage

1101 sixth Street, SW Washington DC 20024

February 28, 2015 at 2:00PM

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King Headley


Bursting with poetic storytelling and 14 songs, including “Ol’ Man River,” and “Happy Days Are Here Again,”The Tallest Tree in the Forest combines the talents of award-winning solo-artist Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) with acclaimed director, Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project). Discover the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the ‘best-known black man in the world’ for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. Beaty brings “his signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism” (New York Times) to more than 40 characters, asking the question, how does a man remain an artist when his soul cries out to be an activist?


Arena Stage

1101 sixth Street, SW Washington DC 20024

February 12, 2014 at 730PM



Tallest Tree in the Forest


This swinging new musical takes you inside the heart and soul of the First Lady of Song – Ella Fitzgerald. While she’s rehearsing for an important 1966 concert, Ella’s producer requests that she add “patter” about her life to the show. With this daunting task before her, Ella starts to revisit the people and events of her past. Tina Fabrique (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Crowns) returns as one of the world's greatest jazz singers, performing such hits as “That Old Black Magic,” “A Tiskit, A Tasket” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” “Fabrique evokes the maternal musical spirit of Miss Ella with remarkable skill and finesse; her must-see performance has audiences grooving throughout the shows two dozen numbers.” – Variety


Arena Stage

Crystal City
1800 S. Bell St. Arlington, VA 22202

Saturday February 9, 2008




Special Advanced Screening

Drawing inspiration from the true story of a temperamental debate coach who molded the students of a small East Texas college into a formidable team that gave Harvard's squad a run for their money in the 1930s, Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters features the director himself as the ambitious educator, and Forest Whitaker as the resentful father of a student whose loyalties now lie almost exclusively with his coach. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Movie doesn't hit theaters until December 25.

Location- Regal Gallery Place 707 Seventh Street NW; Washtington, DC 

December 17, 2007
Great Debaters


Based on Gloria Naylor’s best selling novel, this soaring musical adaptation of The Women of Brewster Place chronicles the dreams and realities of ten diverse African American women who live in a decaying housing project on a dead-end street. Haunted by pasts full of mistakes and tragedies, and threatened by an environment full of poverty and prejudice, will the women overcome their differences and come together as a community before it’s too late? This powerful, humorous, and uplifting musical from three-time Drama Desk Award-nominee Tim Acito features a dynamic new musical score, ranging from Rhythm and Blues to Funk to Gospel. Molly Smith directs a cast that includes Harriett D. Foy and Marva Hicks. This world premiere will be one of the most anticipated events of the D.C. theater season.

Arena Stage
1101 sixth Street, SW Washington DC 20024

December 2, 2007
Women of Brewsters Place


Following sold out performances and standing ovations during a one-weekend run in the Kreeger in February 2007, Daniel Beaty returns in his electrifying one-man show. In this stirring commentary on modern black life, a slave ship rises out of the Hudson River in 2006 in front of the Statue of Liberty, sending New York City into a whirlwind of emotion. Through vivid imagery, slam poetry and song, Daniel Beaty portrays a multitude of characters whose responses to the slave ship reflect on issues of identity and personal freedom.

Arena Stage
1101 sixth Street, SW Washington DC 20024

JULY 15, 2007



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