Grammy Winner Pens Original Songs for Arena Production

By Sheila Wickouski Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon’s songs have been recorded in many genres, including pop, R&B, gospel and most notably in country music. He has written some of the genre’s most iconic songs, including Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” the Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” and Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly.” […]

Arena Stage Launches New Production of Catch Me If You Can

By Sheila Wickouski With a new production of Catch Me If You Can, Arena Stage adds to the list of acclaimed Broadway productions, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes and Disney’s Newsies, that have been brought to its iconic in-the-round Fichandler Stage.  The story of a charming con man, Frank Abagnale Jr, was a Tony-nominated […]

Arena Stage Premiere Shines Light on Unseen History

By Sheila Wickouski On January 21, Arena Stage will host the world premiere of Change Agent, a fictional take on the historic events of the 1960’s that still shape our world today. Tony Award-nominated playwright and director Craig Lucas, known for An American in Paris and The Light in the Piazza, imagines how unsung influencers […]

Arena Stage Prepares to Launch Pandemic-Delayed Premiere of Celia and Fidel 

  By Sheila Wickouski In March 2020, the pandemic forced Arena Stage’s production of Celia and Fidel, written by Eduardo Machado, to close the same day it opened. On October 8, the cast and crew will prepare for another opening night of this world premiere production.  Set during a critical moment in the Cuban revolution, […]

Akeelah and the Bee: An Interview with Molly Yeselson

Photo courtesy of Dan Norman. Akeelah and the Bee is running at Arena Stage from Nov. 13 to Dec. 27. SWNA’s Katelynd Mahoney was lucky enough to interview Molly Yeselson, who plays the role of Izzy/Snorting Girl/Crying Girl. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q: What are you most excited about in […]