The newly renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Applause – Curtain Call

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010

A dramatic addition to the revitalized Southwest DC waterfront is Arena Stage, fresh from a major renovation. Renamed Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the structure is both imaginative and forceful with a boldly cantilevered roof, transparent glass walls and towering, mast-like wood columns. The 90-foot cantilever aligns with Maine Avenue, saluting the distant Washington Monument from its compass-point tip. Designed by Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects and built by Clark Construction of Bethesda, Maryland, the 200,000-square-foot venue houses three state-of-the-art theaters linked by a lobby and staircase. Says architect Bing Thom: “The design creates the natural drama of a night at the theater.” —Julie Sanders 

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