Arena Stage: A Study of the Theatre and the Operation of the Costume Shop
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The Arena Stage is a theatre of national reputation and deservedly so. As a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., I had been aware of the high quality of the performances there but it was only by working with the company that I discovered the reasons for such continued excellence. There is to this theatre a particular sense ot community, of an effort shared equally. Between actors and technical crews, between administrators and production staff, there is a special feeling of togetherness that makes everyone work just that extra bit harder for the benefit of the others as well as for himself. Those that have been with Arena Stage since its early days of having to struggle to survive still feel the need to prove that this type of theatre is viable and has a necessary place in the scope of American theatre. Those that have more recently joined with the company have been instilled with a pride for what Arena has been and hope to make it still better. The work days are long, rehearsals will often go late into the night, and tensions run consistently high. Yet the unity that pervades the entire group keeps things running smoothly and swiftly to a remarkable end. The results are some very exciting theatre.