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Thursday, August 12, 2010

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Honorary Chairs of Arena Stage Opening Gala

As the final touches on Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater are made, the theater is proud to announce that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be the Honorary Chairs for its grand re-opening and yearlong inaugural season at the Mead Center, which includes the Opening Gala Celebration October 25, 2010. Mayor of the District of Columbia Adrian Fenty and his wife, Michelle Fenty, will also be Honorary Co-Chairs.

The support of both First Couples, representing the nation and the nation's capital, further emphasizes that Arena Stage's move back into the company's home in Southwest D.C. is a seminal moment for the future of American theater.

The Opening Gala Celebration will be a black tie event within the Mead Center featuring cocktails, dinner and an exclusive one-night-only performance headlined by Tony Award-winning Broadway actor Brian Stokes Mitchell.

Additionally, the evening will be emceed by award-winning journalist and ABC7/WJLA-TV lead anchor Leon Harris.

For more information regarding the Opening Gala Celebration, including further casting and how to purchase tickets, click here.

Arena Stage will feature the play Oklahoma! as its featured inaugural production, also in October.

(Source: Arena Stage Press Release)

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