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I AND YOU — a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

February 26 – March 23, 2014 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

Anthony turns up in Caroline’s bedroom one night bearing waffle fries, a beat-up book, and a homework assignment they’re supposed to do together: explore Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself”. Chronically sick, Caroline hasn’t been to school in a while… and can’t ever remember meeting some kid named Anthony, which dials up both her suspicions and her “snark-o-meter.” But as the two get to know each other through Whitman’s powerful verse, they finally learn of the deeper mystery which brought them together. I AND YOU is a valentine to youth, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Recommended for ages 14 and up

Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx • Book By Jeff Whitty
Directed by Jason Loewith • Choreographed by Bobby Smith
Music Direction by Christopher Youstra

June 11 – July 6, 2014 on the Mainstage

When a show opens with a song called “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?”, sung by a lead puppet named Princeton, you know you’re in for something exciting. And that’s what you’ll get with the seismically hilarious, seriously-for-adults Tony-winning Best Musical of 2004. Songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is For Porn” and “If You Were Gay” rocketed AVENUE Q to the list of longest-running Broadway shows, satirizing (with its very big heart) the “you can do anything” message of kids’ shows from the 70s and 80s. Princeton and friends Kate Monster, Christmas Eve, and Gary Coleman might not be special in the grand scheme, but they’re awfully special to each other – and that’s even more important. Recommended for ages 14 and up with parental advisement.

COLOSSAL a Rolling World Premiere
By Andrew Hinderaker
Directed by Will Davis

September 3 –28, 2014 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

Sure to be the “must-see” new play of 2014, COLOSSAL is an extraordinary story of emotional and physical endurance, love and family. Structured like a football game (performed in four quarters with a pre-show training session and half-time show), COLOSSAL tells in vivid, physical flashback the story of Young Mike, a college football player who took a hit in a game that left him paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. Broken emotionally and physically, Mike now relives the memory of his accident with the help of a live nine-person football squad onstage, finally confronting his demons in the play’s extremely moving and uplifting conclusion. Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Recommended for ages 14 and up


Mar 1, 2014 at 4pm

Jun 14, 2014 at 5pm

Sept 6, 2014 at 4pm

Cocktails with Playwright Lauren Gunderson: Called “preternaturally brilliant” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lauren Gunderson joins Olney audiences for the Rolling World Premiere of her play. Conversation moderated by Artistic Director Jason Loewith. Cash bar.

Cocktails with Puppets: AVENUE Q Director and Choreographer Jason Loewith and Bobby Smith are joined by cast puppets for quirky conversation. Cash bar.

Cocktails with Playwright Andrew Hinderaker. Andrew comes to Olney for the premiere of his play, and Contemporary Series members get in on the action. Conversation moderated by Artistic Director Jason Loewith. Cash bar.

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