Casting Announced for Arena Stage's Sweat, The City of Conversation and All the Way

News   Casting Announced for Arena Stage's Sweat, The City of Conversation and All the Way
 
Casting has been announced for three Arena Stage productions: Sweat, The City of Conversation and All the Way.

The world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's Sweat, which will be directed by Kate Whoriskey, will be presented at the Washington, DC, venue Jan. 15-Feb. 21, 2016, in the Kreeger Theater. The cast will be headed by Johanna Day as Tracey. Kimberly Scott and Jack Willis will reprise their roles as Cynthia and Stan, respectively, which they originated at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The show is described as such: "A group of close friends shares everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. But when rumors of layoffs shake up the local steel mill, the fragile bonds of their community begin to fray and a horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations." For more information click here.

Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation will be presented Jan. 29-March 6, 2016, on the Fichandler Stage. Directed by Doug Hughes, the drama will star Margaret Colin as Hester Ferris. Michael Simpson will reprise the roles of Colin/Ethan Ferris, which he originated at Lincoln Center. "Georgetown hostess Hester Ferris runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass," according to production notes. "When her son’s formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of D.C.’s past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family." For more information click here.

Robert Schenkkan's All the Way, running April 1-May 8, 2016, on Fichandler Stage, will star Jack Willis as President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Bowman Wright as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Kyle Donnelly will direct. The show is described as such: "It’s not personal, it’s politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other, but brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy’s assassination, and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it will take more than politicking to hold America together — it will take red, white and blue-blooded leadership." For more information click here.

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