Janis Joplin Hits, MLK Reimagining Featured in Arena's Upcoming Season

"The Mountaintop," a reimagining of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night, will make its D.C. premiere

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    The singer Superfly (2nd R) performs in place of Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company during a concert marking the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Aug. 15, 2009.

    Janis Joplin's music and a reinterpretation of "My Fair Lady" will kick off a new season at the Arena Stage (1101 6th St. NW), which will also include the D.C. premiere of Broadway show "The Mountaintop."

    Arena's 2012-13 season will open in September with "One Night with Janis Joplin" and her musical influences, running Sept. 28 to Nov. 4.

    The reinterpretation of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" follows, running Nov. 2 to Jan. 6, 2013. Arena's Artistic Director Molly Smith brings her production to Washington after its premiere in Canada.

    The season also features two world premieres. "Pullman Porter Blues," a co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre, is set on a 1937 train from Chicago to New Orleans. "Mary T. & Lizzy K.," commissioned by Arena, will explore the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and freed slave Elizabeth Keckly.

    "The Mountaintop," a reimagining of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night, arrives March 29, 2013.

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