Arena Stage announces Hana Sharif’s inaugural 2024/25 season

Season boasts six world-premiere productions and collaborations with some of the nation’s leading theater-makers.

Arena Stage Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie have announced the company’s 74th season. The upcoming season—the first programmed by Sharif—promises to be an electrifying blend of new works and reimagined classics. Comprised of nine subscription offerings, plus the return of the DC family-favorite winter tradition, Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show, the season boasts six world-premiere productions and collaborations with some of the nation’s leading theater-makers. Season packages are now available for purchase at

“This season is a collection of ten dynamic American stories from our nation’s most exciting and provocative artistic voices,” said Sharif. “Arena Stage has a long and rich history of launching groundbreaking new plays into the world and I am honored to dream boldly as we lay the foundation for a future as limitless as our imaginations.”

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Arena Stage’s 2024/25 Season marks a thrilling new chapter for American theater, deepening the venerated company’s legacy of innovation since its founding in 1950. Under Sharif’s direction, this season promises to reignite the transformative power of theater and reinvigorate audiences toward collective and individual dreams.

2024/25 SEASON

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Whitney White
A Co-Production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theater
In Association with Madison Wells Live and LaChanze
In the Kreeger Theater | September 6 – October 13, 2024

“Bioh’s braided world of teeth sucking, sideways comments and dance breaks is rapturous.” — The Guardian

Step into the vibrant world of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, direct from Broadway. Set in the pulsating heart of Harlem, this comedic gem unravels the complexities of cultural identity, assimilation, and the pursuit of the American Dream within the African immigrant community. Follow the uproarious escapades of Maria, Bea, Miriam, Aminata, Ndidi, Jaja, and others as they navigate life and laughter in Jaja’s bustling hair braiding salon. With humor as rich as its characters, this five-time Tony Award-nominated production weaves hilarious moments with profound insights, celebrating the indomitable spirit and interconnectedness that define us all.

The World-Premiere Production of
By John Leguizamo
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Starring John Leguizamo
Produced in Association with The Public Theater
In the Fichandler Stage | October 18 – November 24, 2024

This world-premiere drama will star Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, and producer John Leguizamo

In Forest Hills, Queens, Nelson Castro, a Colombian American laundromat owner, grapples with a failing business and buried secrets. When his son Nick returns from a mental wellness facility after a traumatic incident, Nelson’s world unravels. Committed to protecting his family and business, he tackles racial and identity challenges to achieve his dream, proving his success. In this gripping tale of resilience, Nelson must navigate morality’s murky waters to salvage his future. Will he emerge victorious, or will his past consume everything he holds dear?

The World-Premiere Production of
By Matthew Libby
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
In the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle | October 31 – December 15, 2024

A fast-paced techno-thriller unveiling the dark secrets lurking within Silicon Valley

Data is Matthew Libby’s intriguingly suspenseful and relevant new play that takes you behind the locked doors of Silicon Valley. Its protagonist is Maneesh, a brilliant entry-level programmer at Athena Technologies, a data-mining firm. Content to work in the low-stress environment of User Experience, Maneesh has a crisis of conscience when he is offered a transfer to the more-central Data Analytics team, and learns the true nature of Athena’s highly controversial and secretive work. Torn between idealism and survival, Maneesh is forced to come to terms with his unique American identity, all while learning the extent to which Athena is willing to go to hide its secrets.

The World-Premiere Production of
By Agatha Christie
Adapted for the Stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
In the Kreeger Theater | November 22 – December 29, 2024

Ludwig’s fourth premiere at Arena Stage marks Sharif’s DC directorial debut

In Ken Ludwig’s thrilling adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, Hercule Poirot becomes entangled in a web of deceit and desire aboard a cruise ship on the Nile River. When a murder occurs among the passengers, Poirot springs into action to unmask a killer who could strike again at any moment.

Limited Holiday Experience!
In the Fichandler Stage | December 13 – 22, 2024

“A raucous, lively, interactive performance” — BroadwayWorld

Step back into the holiday spirit with the joyful return of Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show, where the rich tradition of African American stepping blends with the magic of the season. Enjoy laughter, songs, and dance with award-winning performers on the Fichandler Stage. DJ Nutcracker and his Arctic friends amplify the festive atmosphere. This vibrant, fun-filled show promises a memorable adventure for the entire family, captivating your heart and senses. Don’t miss this extraordinary holiday “step-stravaganza”!

In the Kreeger Theater | January 31 – March 16, 2025

By Edith Wharton
Adapted for the Stage by Karen Zacarías
Directed by Hana S. Sharif
In the Fichandler Stage | February 28 – March 30, 2025

“Funny, poetic and deeply insightful”  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Against the lavish backdrop of 1870s New York, where hypocrisy thrives and hidden passions simmer, Karen Zacarías brings Edith Wharton’s timeless masterpiece, The Age of Innocence, to the stage. This adaptation unveils a searing critique of high society’s suffocating norms, presenting a riveting tale of forbidden desires. Surrounded on all sides by an ocean of societal conformity, love clashes with duty, and innocence is sacrificed. Follow the compelling journey of Newland Archer as he grapples with the rigid constraints of privilege, torn between tradition and the allure of forbidden passion.

The World-Premiere Production of
By Larissa FastHorse
Directed by Michael John Garcés
Produced in Association with Center Theatre Group
In the Kreeger Theater | April 3 – May 4, 2025

A door-slamming, mistaken identity satirical farce

In Larissa FastHorse’s uproarious comedy, a collision of friends and foes within the non-profit sector sets the stage for a whirlwind of competition, chaos, and comedic revelation. Meet Wynona, the Native American proprietor of N.O.B.U.S.H., and River, her white counterpart at Indigenous Nations Soaring. Their escalating rivalry ensnares colleagues and bystanders, leading to the unraveling of secrets that highlight the absurdities of ambition and authenticity. Amidst the laughter, genuine connections form, emphasizing the value of unexpected paths to success. Fake It Until You Make It is a humorous exploration of ambition, demonstrating that laughter often accompanies the pursuit of goals.

The World-Premiere Production of
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
In the Fichandler Stage | May 16 – June 15, 2025

A new play about queer love and forest magic from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonlight

Wilson and Free met in a dark park searching for fun not expecting to find love, light, and each other. Now a milestone anniversary has got them wondering if they have met Mr. Right or a long one-night stand with a lovely Mr. Maybe? With a little support and a lot of confusion from family, friends, and a stranger in the dark, the question remains: will Free and Wilson find their way together or will they let fear, and a secret lead them asunder?

The World-Premiere Production of
Book by Lauren Yee
Music and Lyrics by Heather Christian
Based on the Novel Written by Madeleine L’Engle
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
By Special Arrangement with Plate Spinner Productions and Diana DiMenna, Aaron Glick, and Charlotte Jones Voiklis
In the Kreeger Theater | June 12 – July 20, 2025

A world-premiere musical of the classic young adult novel

Meg Murry’s father was experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now, Meg, her friend Calvin, and her younger brother Charles Wallace must race to rescue him. Can she outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space? Join her on this epic quest in an adventurous new musical adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning classic novel that will energize your spirit, take you to realms of boundless imagination, and remind you that love, camaraderie, and unwavering determination can conquer all.

*Plays, artists, and dates subject to change.

Subscription packages are now on sale and may be purchased by visiting Packages may also be purchased by phone at 202-488-3300 or in person at the Arena Stage Sales Office, Tuesday through Sunday, from noon until 8 p.m.


The first racially integrated theater in our nation’s capital and a pioneer of the regional theater movement, Arena Stage was founded on August 16, 1950, in Washington, DC, by Zelda Fichandler, Tom Fichandler, and Edward Mangum. Today—nearly 75 years later—Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep, and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Consistently contributing to the American theatrical lexicon by commissioning and developing new plays, Arena Stage impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement and serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.


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