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HAY FEVER

by Noël Coward • Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

 

September 2 – 27, 2015 on the Mainstage

 
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Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a “retired” actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A house full of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings occur and tempers flare. With Judith’s new flame and David’s latest literary ‘inspiration’ keeping company with the children’s unsuspecting guests, the Bliss family hardly lives up to its name as the ‘quiet weekend’ comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau. Hay Fever is part of the CLASSIC SERIES.


“Light, luminous, and charming, and hilariously funny.” — The New York Post


 
BAD DOG

A Rolling World Premiere

By Jennifer Hoppe-House • Directed by Jeremy Cohen

 

September 30 – October 25, 2015 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

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After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon and drives her Prius through her living room wall. With a hole in the house as big as the hole in their hearts, Molly’s two sisters, mother, father, and wicked stepmother descend on the house for an “intervention” that doesn’t play out the way anyone thought it would in this deliciously dark comedy. Bad Dog is part of the CONTEMPORARY SERIES.



       
GUYS AND DOLLS

Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows • Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Directed by Jerry Whiddon • Choreography by Michael Bobbitt • Music Direction by Darius Smith

 

November 11 – December 27, 2015 on the Mainstage

 
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Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy and featuring great musical theatre classics like “Luck Be A Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” Guys and Dolls weaves a tale of old-time gangsters, hot-box girls, and gambling that charms and delights. This musical has received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and has won a bevy of awards including Tonys, Drama Desks, and Oliviers. Guys and Dolls is part of both the CLASSIC SERIES and the FAMILY SERIES.


“Gleeful, rousing, and eye-popping” — The New Yorker


 
CARMEN: AN AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MUSICAL
WORLD PREMIERE

Based on the opera by Georges Bizet • Written and directed by Moisés Kaufman • Original and adapted Music by Arturo O'Farrill
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo • Associate Music Direction by Christopher Youstra • Co-produced with Tectonic Theatre Project

 

February 11 – March 6, 2016 on the Mainstage

 

Tony® Award-nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project Cycle, Gross Indecency, 33 Variations) and two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill (Song for Chico, The Offense of the Drum) turn Bizet’s passion-fueled opera Carmen into an Afro-Cuban Jazz musical, moving the action from 1820s Spain to Batista’s Cuba in 1958, on the verge of the revolution. One of the greatest heroines in drama, Kaufman reimagines Carmen as a gun-runner for the rebels, who falls fiercely in love with Jose, a Batista loyalist. When the nation’s great boxing legend Escamillo returns to Havana, Carmen and Jose’s love falls tragically apart. With choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Next to Normal), this stunning new version of Carmen is sure to be one of the most talked-about productions of the year. Carmen is part of the CLASSIC SERIES and the CONTEMPORARY SERIES.


 
MARJORIE PRIME

By Jordan Harrison • Directed by Jason King Jones

 

March 11 - April 10, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


Have a taste for nostalgia, even if it’s not quite true? From one of the country’s most adventurous young writers (Maple and Vine, Act A Lady, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) comes the tender and provocative story of Marjorie, 85 years old, who’s reinventing memories from the past with the help of Walter Prime – a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago. The New York Times hailed the world premiere in Los Angeles as a “thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption, and our insistence that technology can help us outwit death.” Marjorie Prime is part of the CONTEMPORARY SERIES.


“A tender, searching comedy” – The New York Times


 
DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER

by Frederick Knott • Directed by Jason Loewith

 

April 6  May 1, 2016 on the Mainstage


Alfred Hitchcock based his classic thriller on Knott’s deliriously spine-tingling play about a former tennis star, Tony Wendice, who has married sweet and unsuspecting Margot for her money. He arranges what he thinks is the perfect murder, but when the plot goes wrong, Inspector Hubbard from Scotland Yard – along with her old flame, the murder mystery novelist Max Halliday – mount a hair-raising investigation that comes down to the last possible, chilling moment. Dial ‘M’ For Murder is part of the CLASSIC SERIES.


“A holiday for whodunit fans… it couldn’t be more welcome.” – The New York Herald Tribune


 
BAKERSFIELD MIST

By Stephen Sachs • Directed by John Vreeke 

 

May 13 – June 12, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job… even her best friend refused to accept the ugly painting she bought at a thrift store for her birthday. But today might be Maude’s lucky day: turns out that five-dollar painting might just be a lost Jackson Pollock. Her fate lies in the hands of Lionel Percy, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shows up at Maude’s trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the “average Joe” might finally have a chance to throw it in the face of those snooty “coastal elites”. Sachs based his play on true events, but the comedy is of his own making. Bakersfield Mist is part of the CONTEMPORARY SERIES.


“It’s exhilarating in the extreme when a world premiere play strikes rich on every conceivable level –
a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas.” – Los Angeles Times


 

EVITA

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber • Lyrics by Tim Rice

 

June 23 – July 24, 2016 on the Mainstage


The legendary Tony® Award-winning musical Evita comes to Olney Theatre Center just in time for Presidential Election season! Heralded for its rich and eclectic score and explosive love triangle, Evita tells the story of Argentina’s passionate political figure Eva Peron, whose love and advocacy for her country’s descamisados (“the shirtless ones”) was surpassed only by her naked ambition. Known for its anthem “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”, Evita will stun and delight in this chamber-sized version of the musical that ensures you hear every note and feel every heartbeat. Evita is part of the CLASSIC SERIES and the CONTEMPORARY SERIES.


“A monumental show” – The Sunday Express


 
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and THE MIKADO
In Rotating Repertory

By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan • Directed by Sean Graney

 

July 14 – August 21, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

 

Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney’s “outrageously enjoyable” (Chicago Tribune) staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors, though you’ll have to move when they tell you to!) in rotating repertory, Graney’s band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for music theater, but the instruments, too! The DC-area premiere of The Hypocrites follows critically-acclaimed runs of the G&S Rep at Berkeley Rep and American Repertory Theatre. The Gilbert & Sullivan Rep is part of the FAMILY SERIES and the CLASSIC SERIES.


“About the most fun you can have in a theater with your family… supremely joyous” – Chicago Tribune


 
TWELFTH NIGHT

By William Shakespeare • Directed by Jason Loewith

 

July 28 – August 14, 2016 on the Root Family Stage

 

Shakespeare’s classic comedy of twins lost at sea and found in Illyria features some of his most memorable characters: Sir Toby Belch, the yellow-cross-gartered Malvolio, and a supreme quartet of lovers: Duke Orsino, Countess Olivia, and the twins Viola and Sebastian. Picnic beneath the stars with an ensemble drawn from 67 tours of the National Players. Orsino says it in the very first line of the play: “If music be the food of love, play on!” Twelfth Night is part of the FAMILY SERIES and the CLASSIC SERIES.