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The Design Masterclass, Part I: Designing Sweeney Todd


Saturday, February 4 at 5:00pm in the Mainstage
Free to members; $5 for theater professionals; $10 for members


Sweeney Todd may be a director's dream, but it's a designer's nightmare: the setting requires three levels, the lights and sound and choreography must work together to build just the right aura of terror, and the costumes need to tell complex character stories. Director Jason Loewith talks shop with choreographer Tommy Rapley, set designer Milagros Ponce de Leon, lighting designer Colin K. Bills, and sound designer Matt Rowe, and how they surmounted the many challenges behind Sweeney Todd.


 
 

 

 

The Art of Adaptation: Playwrights in Conversation


Saturday, March 4 at 5:00pm in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
Free to members; $5 for theater professionals; $10 for members



How does a contemporary writer make a centuries-old play relevant? Playwright Meg Mirosknik, whose Fickle: A Fancy French Farce is a adapted from Pierre de Marivaux's 18th-century comedy, is joined by DC native James Magruder, whose own Marivaux adaptation of The Triumph of Love played both on Broadway and at Olney, for a conversation about what's so funny about Marivaux and why we should pay attention.


 

 


 

 

Writing the Unproduceable: A Q&A with Andrew Hinderaker

Saturday, April 15 at 5:00pm on the Mainstage
Free to members; $5 for theater professionals; $10 for members



Playwright Andrew Hinderaker was issued a challenge by a professor in his MFA program: write a play that no one could possibly produce. The result was Colossal, which Olney Theatre Center premiered in 2014, and which went on to win the MacArthur Outstanding New Play Award at the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards. And now we're producing another impossible work by Andrew, The Magic Play, that requires a fallen house of cards to destroy itself, an actor to leap from a high-dive platform, and its lead performer to grant a different wish every night from a random audience member. What were we thinking? But better yet, what was he thinking? Join us for an intimate Q&A with one of Olney's very favorite artists.

 

 

 


 

 

An Afternoon with Pulitzer Prize Winner Suzan-Lori Parks

Saturday, May 20 at 5:00pm in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
Free to members; $5 for theater professionals; $10 for members



Suzan-Lori Parks had already won two Obie Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur "Genius" Grant by the time she snagged the Pulitzer Prize for Topdog/Underdog in 2002, becoming the first African-American woman to be so honored. She is a pioneer of the unexpected in American drama, fusing soaring poetry and urban rhythms to tell gritty stories of the downtrodden. For three decades - most recently, Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2 and 3 - Parks has stood on the shoulders of her mentors to inspire the many artists following in her footsteps.

 

 

 


 

 

The Musical Masterclass, Part V: From Rent to Hamilton

Saturday, June 24 at 5:00pm on the Mainstage
Free to members; $5 for theater professionals; $10 for members



Over the past three seasons, OTC members have received a crash-course in the history of American musical theater, from its origins in the 1920s to the rock-inspired era in the 1970s to the British invasion of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now, the Musical Masterclass concludes as Associate Artistic Director Christopher Youstra and Artistic Director Jason Loewith discuss the evolution of musicals from the groundbreaking rock musical Rent to the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winner Hamilton.

 

 

 


 

 

Breaking Barriers on the Supreme Court: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan Remembers Thurgood Marshall

Saturday, July 22 at 5:00pm
Free to members; $5 for theater professionals; $10 for members



When asked in the 1970s to explain his judicial philosophy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall told a group of young clerks, "you do what you think is right and let the law catch up." With that philosophy now under constant attack, what does the next generation of pioneering jurists think of Marshall's historic tenure on the Court? Join Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan, who clerked for Marshall, for a conversation about Marshall's legacy on the Court.