Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Honors Local Leader Charles “Chuck” Hicks, Celebrates Black History Month

By Isaac Welch On Monday, February 26, 2024, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) recognized activist and community organizer Charles “Chuck” Hicks with the Outstanding Leadership Award during their annual Black History Month Celebration. Held in the Molly Smith Study at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theatre, this […]

Arena Stage Brings DC History to Life with New Show

Tempestuous Elements director Psalmayene 24. Courtesy Scott Suchman By Southwester Staff The life of Anna Julia Cooper, spanning over a century from 1858, when she was born into slavery in Raleigh, North Carolina to her death in 1964 in Washington DC,  is one filled with dramatic moments.  Tempestuous Elements, opening February […]

Arena Stage Presents Diverse Lineup for Second Half of 2023-24 Season

Step Afrika! performs “The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence.” Photo by Jati Lindsay. Courtesy of Arena Stage By Southwester Staff  January brings a new calendar year for making resolutions and trendy lists of what’s in and what’s out. It’s still the middle of the planned theater year, however, and Arena […]

Arena Stage Announces Cast for Shipwreck Musical Scored by Grammy-nominated Avett Brothers

By Southwester Staff Arena Stage will wrap up the calendar year 2023 with a production of Swept Away, a musical about a quartet of shipwreck survivors set in the whaling community of New England in the late 1800’s. Music and lyrics for the show were written by the Grammy-nominated roots […]

Arena Stage’s Cambodian Rock Band Layers Humor, Heart on Dark History

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Brooke Ishibashi, Jane Lui and Tim Liu in Cambodian Rock Band. Courtesy of Margot Schulman By Southwester Staff A rollicking rock musical about a genocide might seem like a contradiction in terms, but over its two-and-a-half hour run time, Arena Stage’s Cambodian Rock Band reveals itself to […]