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Mother Road ~ Arena Stage

Jordan Wright February 15, 2020

Mother Road transports us into the world of John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath and the terrible tragedy of the Joad family. Playwright Octavio Solis picks up where the novel left off, leap-frogging the generations to provide us a glimpse into what life would be like for […]

Dear Jack, Dear Louise ~ Arena Stage

Jordan Wright December 6, 2019

Ken Ludwig, the prolific Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-winning playwright, gifts us with an exquisite pentimento-inspired play drawing on his parents’ long-distance romance during the height of World War II. This charming, world premiere two-hander is constructed in such a way that the actors act out their correspondence. It’s […]

Jubilee ~ Arena Stage

Jordan Wright May 21, 2019

Jubilee harkens back to the American Reconstruction era when White audiences were beginning to listen to Negro spirituals in concert settings. Songs sung on plantations, in Black churches and on chain gangs – spiritual songs, work songs, songs of the underground railroad and traditional folk tunes – became more […]

The Originalist – Arena Stage

Jordan Wright April 13, 2015 Special to DC Metro Theater Arts

Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

The controversial Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, comes to life in the hilariously acerbic The Originalist at Arena Stage. The much-acclaimed world premiere has just […]

The Shoplifters – Arena Stage

Jordan Wright September 21, 2014 Special to The Alexandria Times

(L to R) Jane Houdyshell as Alma and Delaney Williams as Otto -Photo by Teresa Wood.

Alma is a career shoplifter. In the stock room of a supermarket Dom, an overly zealous security guard trainee, is attempting to interview the crafty old […]