Arena Stage’s Voices of Now Festival features original works of theater written and performed by 10 different youth ensembles. Each ensemble’s play poses challenging social questions  and investigates those questions by recounting the artists’ personal stories. This year’s plays examine topics including school fight culture, the experience of first and second generation Americans, the education system, the implications of language, and questions that emerge when grieving a loss.
Tickets for the Voices of Now Festival are FREE, though reservations are required through the Arena Stage Sales Office at 202-488-3300 or
2017 Voices of Now Festival Schedule: 
All performances take place in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle in the Mead Center, 1101 6th St. SW.
Wednesday, May 17 — 7:30 p.m.
Missing Link by the Mentor Ensemble
Learning Curve by the Advocacy Ensemble
Home Team by the Jefferson Academy Ensemble
Thursday, May 18 — 7:30 p.m.
Fight or Flight by the Key Middle School Ensemble
Language Barrier by the Key World Ensemble
Learning Curve by the Advocacy Ensemble
Friday, May 19 — 7:30 p.m.
Under Pressure by the Glasgow Middle School Ensemble
Label Maker by the Burke School Ensemble
Missing Link by the Mentor Ensemble
Saturday, May 20 — 7:30 p.m.
World Wide Web by the Robinson Secondary School Ensemble
Tongue Tied by the Mead Ensemble
Cast Away by the Wendt Center Ensemble

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