HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING!
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert • Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead
Directed by Jason Loewith • Music Direction by Christopher Youstra
January 29 – February 23, 2014 on the Mainstage
The hilarious Tony-winning Best Musical of 1961, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING! kicks off Olney’s 2014 season! A musical comedy of the “Mad Men” era, follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who climbs the corporate ladder from window washer to high-powered exec with the help of a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Can Finch tackle such potent dangers as the CEO’s nephew, the aggressively compliant “company man,” backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction, and multiple inter-office love affairs? Recommended for ages 10 and up
THE PIANO LESSON
by August Wilson • Directed Jamil Jude
May 7 – June 1 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab
Is it really possible that Olney hasn’t done a play by August Wilson, one of our country’s most gifted and celebrated playwrights? We’ll change that with his 1990 Pulitzer-winner, THE PIANO LESSON. Wilson’s play weaves the powerful tale of an African-American family in 1936 Pittsburgh struggling to face its past and move into the future. Boy Willie, Bereneice, Doaker and Wining Boy are among the most enduring characters yet written for the American stage. Recommended for ages 12 and up
AWAKE AND SING!
By Clifford Odets • Directed by Kimberly Senior
September 24 – October 19, 2014 on the Mainstage
Odets’ 1935 play follows the Bergers, a Jewish family from the Bronx trying to make ends meet during the Depression. The family’s matriarch Bessie – one of the most spectacular roles in the American canon – will stop at nothing to keep her family together… even if it means ripping her children’s dreams apart. Widely recognized as a classic of the American theater, AWAKE AND SING! is directed by Kimberly Senior, fresh off her success with Pulitzer-winner DISTRACTED at Lincoln Center. Recommended for ages 12 and up