With violence plaguing the chaotic streets of Baltimore, the Mayor reaches out to rival neighborhoods for a solution.  In doing so, five enemies – unlikely to otherwise coexist – come together for a cease violence in the community all while showcasing their new way of singing. COOL, JACK JAM documents their journey to find peace in the church, in the streets and in the places where they live.

Serving as an elaborate satire of the prominent themes and identities of African-American culture, the play is set in a fictional museum where iconic African-American figures are kept for public consumption. Told in a series of eleven sketches, each segment centers on a different “exhibit” in the museum, and serves as a small one-person play or monologue.

Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds.  He comes upon his own grave after watching tiny Tim’s burial procession, and he’s reformed.

“Purlie” is set in an era when Jim Crow laws still were in effect in the American South. It focuses is on the dynamic, traveling preacher.

The story is set in 1930’s Pittsburgh, where Doaker Charles lives with his niece, Berniece, and her young daughter, Mareetha.  The arrival of Berniece’s brother, Boy Willie, from Mississippi, sets the plot in motion, as he declares his intention of selling the piano that holds a unique place in the family’s history.

One Prayer and Seven Sermons that trace the styles of preaching from pastoral to hell and damnation, to that great gettin’ up morning.  Soul-stirring gospel music will also bring you to your feet. 

The first jukebox, in the United States, dates back to the 1940’s.  It is a flash from the past, a time when you could go to the club or bar and put a coin in the slot to hear your favorite songs.  Songs that made you laugh, cry, get up on your feet to dance or just sway to the music.  You might even pick up your date for the night or forever!  Come hear songs from the past to present, reminisce and enjoy JUKEBOX.

THE WIZ is the retelling L. Frank Baum’s 1900 classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  In this musical version, Dorothy, a restless Kansas farm girl eager to see more of the world, is transported by a tornado to a magical world of Munchkins, Witches and a Yellow Brick Road on the way to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. Eventually, she learns that there really is “no place like home.”

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Hello Arena Family!

In the spirt of renewing tradition and sustaining history you are cordially invited to Arena Players Incorporated’s Annual Banquet and Fundraiser!

The banquet was established in 1953 as a way of celebrating the institution, it’s volunteers, participants and patrons. Come enjoy a night of entertainment, recognition, fellowship and and fun on August 8, 2020 at Cylburn Arboretum!

Tickets and other ways to support can be accessed by clicking the flyer below.

Please stay tuned for exciting new programming, and we hope to see you at the Playhouse!

The Arena Staff and Board of Directors