If you’re missing live entertainment and going to local theaters to see your favorite plays and concerts, there’s hope on the horizon for productions’ return—but you’ll have to stand by for a few more months. But, some things are worth the wait. Case in point: The reopening of popular Washington, DC theater Arena Stage.
The venue recently announced it will begin its new season in January 2021 with five productions, including work from playwrights Lydia R. Diamond, Marcus Hummon, Britta Johnson, Eduardo Machado, Charles Randolph-Wright and August Wilson.
The productions range in genre, from drama to humor, as well as musicals, and focus on strong representation of artists of color and women artists.
The first three performances, Celia and Fidel, Seven Guitars and Toni Sone, were previously scheduled in the 2019-20 season, but were cut short due to the pandemic. The 2021 season will also include the world premiere of American Prophet: Frederick Douglass In His Own Words. The season will begin on Friday, Jan. 22.
“We are a theater that focuses on American plays, American ideas and American artists. The double impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have made us, as Americans, more introspective than before,” states Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith in a recent press release. “It’s a time for looking deeply inward. We need a combination of soulfulness and joy—Arena’s season offers both thought-provoking and joyful projects that provide a powerful antidote to this moment in time. The season is full of soul and Champagne, with energizing stories and soaring music.”
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