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IN THE HEIGHTS

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda • Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes • Directed and Choreographed by Marcos Santana • Co-Produced with Round House Theatre

 

September 6 – October 8, 2017 on the Mainstage

 

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, In The Heights, heralded the arrival of a major talent in American theatre when it captured four Tony™ Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Now, Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre unite to transport Miranda's beloved Washington Heights from the top of Manhattan to the Olney Mainstage. Usnavi, the local proprietor of the corner bodega is our guide through a vibrant neighborhood of striving immigrants and young lovers, where hip-hop meets salsa and soul. He tells the story of Nina, a first-generation immigrant who returns to the old neighborhood after flunking out of Stanford, ashamed to tell her parents that she lost the American Dream sweepstakes. But as Abuela Claudia says, with "Paciencia y Fe" ("Patience and Faith") fortunes can shift, romance can bloom and a sense of home can be preserved in a shifting world. Starring two-time Tony™ Award nominee Robin De Jesús as Usnavi.


OUR TOWN

By Thornton Wilder • Directed by Aaron Posner

 

October 4 - November 12, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

This seminal American classic gets a new look from the acclaimed director and adapter Aaron Posner (The Chosen, District Merchants, No Sisters). In this new production, faithful to the script and sanctioned by the Wilder Family Estate, seven actors portray the key characters in this intergenerational story of two young lovers, George and Emily, and their quintessential American neighborhood of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire... where the townspeople are animated by traditional Japanese Bunraku-style puppets in our intimate Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab. Helen Hayes Award winner and OTC Artistic Associate Jon Hudson Odom (Angels In America) plays the coveted role of the Stage Manager, who guides us through this beloved and stirring story.


TBA

Directed by Jason King Jones

 

November 8 - December 31, 2017 on the Mainstage

 

To be announced on April 24.


AUBERGINE

By Julia Cho • Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

 

February 7 – March 4, 2018 on the Mainstage

 

Ray leaves his job as a classically trained French chef to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant, who never appreciated Ray's culinary accomplishments. Food, which normally unites people, painfully divides Ray from his father, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this off-Broadway hit. If the language of food lets him down, he's even more vexed by the Korean language. Ray calls upon his estranged girlfriend Cornelia for translation services when his non-English speaking uncle arrives with a sack full of strange ingredients intended for a soup to nurse Ray's father back to health. This life-affirming and perceptive drama from one of the country's most important playwrights distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships.


EVERY BRILLIANT THING

By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe • Directed by Michael Dove

 

February 28 - March 25, 2018 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? A 7 year-old child confronted by his mother's attempted suicide makes a list of things to live for that grows from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. From "Ice Cream" (#1 on the list) to "the Alphabet" (#999,997), Every Brilliant Thing elicits as much laughter as it does tears in creating its catalogue of gratitude with a unique theatrical style. In this remarkable one-person show the audience becomes a custodian of the list, a co-conspirator in the child's plot to hold-back the darkness, and members of an ensemble that creates the evening's story, curling the audience in its generous embrace (and giving a few of them a chance to act, too!)


THE CRUCIBLE

By Arthur Miller • Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

 

April 18  May 20, 2018 on the Mainstage

 

Arthur Miller's classic 1953 play about the Salem witch trials spoke truth to power and lit a blazing candle against the "Red Scare" rather than cursing its darkness. 65 years later, it comes to the Olney stage. In Salem of 1692, unseen and unseeable evil stalks the town, threatening to destroy the lives and eternal souls of the God-fearing colonists. An ad-hoc group of young girls are the only ones capable of unmasking the terror allegedly caused by hidden witches and devil's consorts. Embraced by ecclesiastical and political powers, the girls' reign of terror settles old scores, uncovers ugly truths and leaves a trail of carnage. The Crucible maintains its power today for masterful language, flawed heroes and the timeless reminder of what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience.


THE INVISIBLE HAND

By Ayad Akhtar • Directed by Michael Bloom

 

May 9 – June 10, 2018 on the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced comes a thriller about Nick, an American options trader and Citibank executive, held hostage by a fringe radical group in Pakistan. In an ingenious twist on Stockholm Syndrome, the American captive offers to earn his own ransom by investing a multi-million dollar portfolio on behalf of his Islamic captors. Assisted by his guard Bashir, he begins to harness the power of free markets to accumulate a fortune on behalf of the group's leader, Imam Saleem. In the midst of violence, corruption and inequality, Bashir proves to be not just a sharp critic of Western materialism but also an apt pupil of Nick's trading strategies as they form an uneasy alliance.

 

ON THE TOWN

Music by Leonard Bernstein • Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green • Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins • Directed by Jason Loewith

 

June 20 – July 22, 2018 on the Mainstage

 

Three young sailors on shore-leave hit 1944 New York City in a mad sprint to find love before being shipped off to war. Gabey sets off in search of a beauty he's only seen on a subway poster - that month's Miss Turnstiles, while his comrades stumble into romances with a cabby who sets her own destinations and an anthropologist in search of the perfect "primitive man." The manic coupling is set to an exuberant Leonard Bernstein score that begins with the classic "New York, New York" and from there reaches heights of classical and popular greatness. Comden & Green's first Broadway hit grew out of a ballet that Jerome Robbins worked on with Bernstein, so this also promises to be one of the danciest shows of our season!


THE HYPOCRITES' THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and H.M.S. PINAFORE
In rotating repertory

By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan • Directed by Sean GraneyThe Pirates of Penzance adapted by Sean Graney and Kevin O'DonnellH.M.S. Pinafore adapted by Sean Graney, Andra Velis Simon, and Matt Kahler

 

July 11 – August 19, 2018 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

They're back! Chicago's most innovative theatre company, The Hypocrites, returns with an encore engagement of their critically-acclaimed, immersive and streamlined version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. To complete the repertory, they will also be introducing Olney Theatre audiences to their zany take on H.M.S. Pinafore. Enjoy either show from the promenade, where you sit on-stage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget. Their last gig at Olney Theatre earned two Helen Hayes Award nominations, so the secret is out - The Hypocrites' substance is as rich as their style.

 

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