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July 15, 2020

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Announces Season to Begin in January 2021

*** The five-production season will celebrate works from acclaimed playwrights Lydia Diamond, Marcus Hummon, Britta Johnson, Eduardo Machado, Charles Randolph-Wright and August Wilson***

 

(Washington, D.C.) Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie announced the updated 2020/21 Season today during a livestreamed event with the Washington Post’s Peter Marks. The season reflects Arena Stage’s commitment to compelling, dynamic work that is packed with drama, humor, music and first-class storytellers. With this line-up, Arena Stage continues its commitment to strong representation for artists of color and women artists. The first three productions Celia and Fidel, Seven Guitars and Toni Stone were previously scheduled in the 2019/20 Season but were cut short due to COVID-19 restrictions. Musicals American Prophet: Frederick Douglass In His Own Words and Life After will round out the season calendar. The five-production season which includes two world premieres, one Power Play and two musicals will begin January 22. The season livestreamed event can be viewed here.

 

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January 22, 2020

Cornelius Smith Jr. to Perform as Frederick Douglass in American Prophet: Frederick Douglass In His Own Words at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater 

(Washington, D.C.) Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces Cornelius Smith Jr. (ABC's Scandal and All My Children) will perform in Arena Stage's 2020/21 Season.

 

Cornelius Smith Jr. will play Frederick Douglass in the world-premiere musical, American Prophet: Frederick Douglass In His Own Words. Douglass' words power the soaring new melodies and original script from Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon and Charles Randolph-Wright (Broadway's Motown the Musical). Directed by Randolph-Wright, American Prophet runs July 10 - August 16, 2020 in the Kreeger Theater.

 

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December 10, 2019

Charles Randolph-Wright and Marcus Hummon to Debut World-Premiere Musical American Prophet, Based on the Life of Frederick Douglass at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

(Washington, D.C.) Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the world-premiere musical American Prophet, directed and co-written by award-winning playwright Charles Randolph-Wright (Broadway’s Motown The Musical) and featuring new music by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and co-script writer Marcus Hummon. The musical chronicles the life and legacy of one of the most notable human rights leaders of the 19th century, Frederick Douglass. Known as one of the greatest leaders of the abolitionist movement, Douglass was a prominent activist, author, orator and statesman. His own words power the soaring new melodies and original script. Directed by Randolph-Wright, American Prophet runs July 10 - August 16, 2020 in the Kreeger Theater.

 

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