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HOLMES — The World Premiere

Day of Performance Information


Parking will be easily available in the Mead Center (Arena Stage) parking garage, which is accessible from the northbound lane of Maine Avenue. Tickets for parking are sold at the garage for $27. The garage is open from 10 am until one hour after the end of the performance.

Off-site Parking is available at Fourth Street Garage located at 1000 Fourth Street SW. It is a three-minute walk from Arena Stage. Parking tickets may be reserved in advance for $18, and for $22 on the day of the performance.

The nearest metro stop is Waterfront station on the Green line, which is located one block east of Arena Stage at 4th and M Streets SW.

Tickets and Seating

No tickets are issued for this show. The names of ticket-buyers will be on a reservation guest list at the door. Seating is general admission and ushers will seat you. The Kogod Theater seats 200 and all seats are excellent. If you need extra assistance with seating, please arrive early so we may assist you.

Show Begins Promptly at 7 p.m.

Please arrive early to get settled. Doors open at 6 pm.

Post-Performance Reception

Please stay for the post-performance reception in the Molly Smith Study (inside Arena Stage, to the right before you exit) and enjoy coffee, tea, and dessert.

No Shows

The performance is sold out. We don’t offer refunds, but if you would kindly let us know that you won’t be able to attend we will reassign your seat.


Society Event: Holmes — The World Premiere of a New Play
Society Event: Holmes — The World Premiere of a New Play
Society Event: Holmes — The World Premiere of a New Play
Written By:

Todd C. Peppers

Todd holds the Fowler Chair in Public Affairs at Roanoke College and is also a visiting professor of law at Washington and Lee University. He has published four books and more than twenty articles on Supreme Court history.
Directed By:

Mary Hall Surface

Mary Hall has been nominated for 9 Helen Hayes Awards, five for Outstanding Director & four for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. In 2002 she was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical.
Performed By:

Kevin Reese

Kevin has performed at Ford’s Theater, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theater, Folger Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Round House Theater and has toured internationally with solo performances.

Clare Cushman

Clare is the author of Courtwatchers, Table for 9, and editor of several books and documentaries on the history of the Court. She serves as publications director and resident historian at the Supreme Court Historical Society.


King & Spalding


David Bruce Smith

The Grateful American Foundation
Society Event: Holmes — The World Premiere of a New Play
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. of Massachusetts served as an Associate Justice from 1902 to 1932. He was an influential jurist known for his pioneering scholarship, pithy opinions, and sublime wit. Holmes advocated for “legal realism,” observing that “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.”
Image: Holmes in his study at 1720 I Street. Library of Congress
Society Event: Holmes — The World Premiere of a New Play / Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., as a Civil War soldier
A staunch abolitionist, Holmes was among the first in his class to enlist in the Union Army, signing up in 1861 with the Massachusetts Volunteers at the age of 20. He was wounded at Ball’s Bluff, Antietam and Chancellorsville. After his three-year enlistment he chose to go home to Boston in July 1864. In a later speech remembering the Union dead he said of his generation: “in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.”
Image: Library of Congress

* Parking: Details Forthcoming *

Additional Resources
How “Holmes” Became a Play
A Sample of Holmes’ Turns of Phrase
A Sample Page of the Script