After seven years as artistic director of Washington D.C.'s Arena Stage, Douglas C. Wager leaves the company at the end of the current season and will be succeeded in July by Molly D. Smith of the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK.
Wager has said that he is leaving Arena to concentrate on being a director and to move away from the administrative side of things.
For his valedictory production, he is staging Kaufman and Hart's comedy about an eccentric family, You Can't Take It With You, with a cast of familiar D.C. actors who have worked with him regularly over the years.
You Can't Take It With You runs Apr. 3-June 7, with an official opening night set for Apr. 8.
Robert Prosky stars as Grandpa with his real life son, Andrew, playing Ed. The cast also features Halo Wines, Tana Hicken and Henry Strozier. Designing the show are Thomas Lynch (set), Patricia Zipprodt (costumes) and Alan Lee Hughes (lighting).
Next up for Wager is the Guthrie Theatre production of You Can't Take It With You, which opens this summer with a different cast from the one in D.C.
For tickets to Arena Stage, call (202) 488-3300.
-- By Rebecca Paller