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Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika

by Tony Kushner • Directed by Jason Loewith and Ryan Rilette • Co-Produced with Round House Theatre


September 7 – October 30, 2016 at Round House Theatre


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TWO GREAT THEATER COMPANIES. ONE EXTRAORDINARY THEATRICAL EVENT.  Just in time for election season, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present the 25th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning juggernaut. Sexuality, religion, and politics collide at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century.  Arguably the most important play about America and politics written between Death of a Salesman and Hamilton.  Don’t miss Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika, presented in rotating repertory.  A second co-production between the two companies will be performed at Olney Theatre Center in 2017-18.  [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]




By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett • Adapted by Wendy Kesselman • Directed by Derek Goldman


September 14 – October 23, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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What could be more thrilling than hearing masterful performers tell one of the most powerful stories of the 20th century in our intimate 150-seat black box theater? Join Anne Frank, her family, the Van Daans and more for a vivid, dynamic exploration of the "banality of evil" and the ever-present flame of hope in the story of a Jewish girl in Amsterdam during World War II, and her family's desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world. Directed by Derek Goldman (Grounded), an artist with a national reputation for bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to life. [CLASSIC SERIES]




Book by Julian Fellowes • Original Music by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman • New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics
by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles • Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh •  Directed by Jason King Jones • Choreographed by Tara Jeanne Vallee


November 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017 on the Mainstage


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Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved tales of all time! It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. From he magical "Chim Chim Cher-ee" to the iconic "Supercalifragalisticexpealidocious", you'll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two precious children, and he family she teaches how to love each other.  [FAMILY SERIES]




Book by Hugh Wheeler • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim • Directed by Jason Loewith •
Choreography by Tommy Rapley • Music Direction by Christopher Youstra


February 1 – March 5, 2017 on the Mainstage


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DC Legend E. Faye Bulter (Arena Stage's Oklahoma! among many others) joins Phantom alum David Benoit for the murder musical of the century! After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child. Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett - a restaurateur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies - Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many year ago. The award-winning artistic team behind Carousel and How To Succeed... brings this Tony® Award-winning "musical thriller" to life with an exceptional cast and Broadway production values. [CLASSIC SERIES]



World Premiere Adaptation


Adapted by Meg Miroshnik from the play by Pierre de Marivaux • Directed by Eleanor Holdridge


March 1 - April 2, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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Rising American playwright Meg Miroshnik turns her sharply comic eye on one of the funniest French comedies of the 18th century. What happens to poor Harlequin when he finds himself kidnapped by an all-powerful Prince with designs on his fiancée, the faint-hearted peasant Silvia? Will Harlequin speak truth to power and tell the Prince to go hang? Prepare for disguises, mistaken identities, palace intrigues and improbable romance in this delightful comic romp that ends, of course, in more than one surprising marriage. Directed by Artistic Associate Eleanor Holdridge (I and You, Hay Fever). [CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY SERIES]



Rolling World Premiere

By Andrew Hinderaker • Directed by Halena Kays


April 12  May 7, 2017 on the Mainstage


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2015 Helen Hayes Award-winner Andrew Hinderaker (Colossal) returns to Olney with his newest play, another remarkable story that combines vivid theatricality, profound emotions and in this case, a touch of true theater magic. Brett Schneider plays a talented magician who has risen to the top by maintaining absolute control over his performances - as well as his love life. But when his lover forces him to confront his fears, along with his washed-up magician father, his act might never be the same. Watch as card houses fall apart and reassemble, hearts transform into clubs, and prepare to be amazed again as Hinderaker weaves a magical spell that ends in a secret and powerful testament to the profundity of performance and hope. [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]




By Suzan-Lori Parks • Directed by Timothy Douglas


May 17 – June 11, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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The Washington Post knows our production of Topdog/Underdog is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the DC theater season, starring "two actresses with deep roots in DC theater who've earned this kind of innovative platform... you have to admire what Jason Loewith, the artistic director of Olney, is putting out there." 2002 Pulitzer winner Topdog/Underdog is a gripping and intimate drama about two African-American brothers - Lincoln and Booth - who, in their struggle to gain a foothold in 21st century America, end up turning on each other as they fight for scraps from the table of joy. For this 15th anniversary production, the playwright has given us permission to cast the show, for the first time, with two actresses: 2015 Obie® Award-winner Jessica Frances Dukes and 2016 Helen Hayes Award-winner Dawn Ursula. [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]




By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe • Directed by Alan Souza • Music Supervision by Christopher Youstra


June 21 – July 23, 2017 on the Mainstage


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One of the most romantic scores of all time, featuring standards like "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "The Street Where You Live," takes on new life in an intimate reimagining of the Tony® Award-winning classic My Fair Lady. Flower-seller Eliza Doolittle wages a romantic battle with uppercrust Henry Higgins, with surprising results in this production by Alan Souza, whose Camelot the Chicago Tribune called "genuinely revisionist... fascinating and fresh." [CLASSIC SERIES]




By George Stevens Jr. • Directed by Walter Dallas


July 19 – August 20, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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"You do what you think it right and let the law catch up." So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who changed the face of American jurisprudence. He argued and won the Brown v. Board of Education decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the "separate but equal" mandate in Maryland law schools. Spend an evening with the late Justice at this one-man show, and consider just how far we've come... or have we?  [CLASSIC AND FAMILY SERIES]