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We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Zelda Fichandler, Arena Stage's co-founder and first Artistic Director. Zelda was an extraordinary woman and brilliant theater professional who transformed American theater with her vision and artistry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends who knew her best. A public celebration of Zelda's writings will take place Sunday, October 23 and a memorial service will be held at Arena Stage on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. More details will follow.


WUSA9 Great Day Washington
Markette Sheppard and Chris Leary

CBS’s own Emmy Award-winning actress Marg Helgenberger (CSI) joins Chris and Markette on the Great Day couch to talk about starring as Regina Giddens in The Little Foxes, beginning September 23 at Arena Stage… View more

Zelda Fichandler, Arena Stage co-founder and matriarch of regional-theater movement, dies at 91

Washington Post
Bob Levy

Zelda Fichandler, who co-founded Washington’s Arena Stage in a defunct burlesque house, guided the troupe to prestige rarely achieved outside Broadway and became a matriarch of the regional-theater movement, died July 29 at her home in the District. She was 91.… Read more

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