An Arena Stage Experience for Grades 9-12

The English Department is offering students a chance to see plays at Arena Stage at a great price. A synopsis of each play can be seen below. To register for the field trips, download this form and return to any high school English teacher.

Newsies: Wednesday, 12/4/19

In the summer of 1899, the newsboys of New York City took on two of the most powerful men in the country — Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst — and won. Inspired by true events, the Broadway smash hit is a testament to the power of standing up and speaking out. The Tony Award-winning musical features fan-favorites like “Carrying the Banner,” “King of New York” and “Seize the Day.” Newsies is “a winning, high-energy musical” (Entertainment Weekly) just in time for the holidays and perfect for the whole family.

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Tuesday, 2/4/20

Adapted from the New York Times bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner), the lives of two Afghan women are inextricably bound together. In the war-ravaged Kabul, Miriam and Laila become unlikely allies in the face of the insurmountable odds of a brutal and oppressive way of life. Hopes of a new life lead to an unselfish and shocking decision, changing the course of their futures forever. Called “emotionally stirring” (Los Angeles Times), this gripping and heart-rending fight for survival will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. 

Mother Road: 
Wednesday, 3/4/20

As the hardworking and terminally ill William Joad sets out on an epic journey to pass down his family farm, he is humiliated to find that the only surviving descendant of his family is a Mexican-American named Martín Jodes, an ex-migrant worker. Inspired by John Steinbeck’s classic, The Grapes of Wrath, the two men take a ride through the Mother Road, traveling from California back to Oklahoma, all while forging an unlikely bond and coming to terms with their brutal past. This powerful new play, written by playwright Octavio Solis (El Paso BlueQuixote), examines the crossroads of family, immigration and the American dream.

The plays might be mature as they were picked with a high school audience in mind. Students are responsible for all schoolwork missed during this field trip and teachers retain the right to deny this field trip if students have missed a substantial amount of school or are failing classes at the time of the field trip. 


Transportation to and from Arena Stage is provided by Metro on the way to Arena and by teachers and parents on the way back to school or Metro again (depending on time). We are always in need of drivers. If parents want to drive and see the plays, they may also purchase the series. Sign up to drive here:

Students should be ready with $10 Metro fare (to be safe, though round-trip fare is approximately $6) on the day of each play on a Smart Trip Card. It is recommended that this is ready in advance.


All plays are at noon at Arena Stage in Washington (1101 Sixth Street SW, DC 20024). Students will leave H-B by 10:45 AM, returning around 3 PM.  Lunch is provided before the performance.


$99 for all 3 shows OR $33 per show (due to your English teacher ASAP).

Partial and Full Scholarships are available! Talk to Reina or your English teacher ASAP

Arena Stage for All

Arena Stage is offering a great opportunity for the HBW Community: 50% off tickets for any APS students, 30% off for friends and parents. You must call the box office (202.488.3300) and use code HBWARENA.  The discount is applicable for the following dates: 

JITNEY – Friday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m.

RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN – Friday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m.

NEWSIES – Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. (Note: Grades 7 & 8, plus students in grades 9-12 who participate in Arena Stage will attend this show during school.)

DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE – Friday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Any questions?