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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


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


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


Feb 1, 2014 at 5pm

May 10, 2014 at 5pm

Sept 27, 2014 at 5pm

Musicals in the Mad Men Era: Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Associate Artistic Director and Director of Music Theatre Chris Youstra lead a presentation on the evolution of the American musical from the Golden Age of the 50s, through the Mad Men era, and into the 70s.

An African-American Century: August Wilson’s Century Cycle, featuring one play set in each of the 20th Century’s decades, revolutionized American theater. THE PIANO LESSON director Jamil Jude is joined in conversation by a panel of experts on Wilson’s cycle and his contribution to American theater.

Plays of the American Dream: Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Jason King Jones interviews AWAKE AND SING!director Kimberly Senior about plays of the American Dream, from Odets’ 1936 classic through DEATH OF A SALESMAN, RAISIN IN THE SUN, and many more.

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