Costumes Take Center Stage in Arena’s Catch Me If You Can

By Sheila Wickouski In the Arena Stage production of Catch Me If You Can, costumes take center stage, creating the atmosphere of the 1960’s and supporting the story with humor and panache.  Costume designer Alejo Vietti has worked on productions ranging from Broadway to Donesk, Ukraine. He has designed costumes for the Radio City Rockettes […]

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 Opens Fellowship Applications for Aspiring Artists of Color

 By Southwester Staff  The Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest DC has relaunched   the Allen Lee Hughes BIPOC Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program, named for the Tony Award-nominated lighting designer, is reclaiming its roots as a professional training program for individuals who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).  […]

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, […]