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The traveling acting troupe in The Amateurs, who go from town to town performing stories from the Bible, trying to stay alive in the time of the Black Death, are the forerunners of Olney Theatre's own touring troupe, the National Players who go from town to town, performing stories from Shakespeare and other classics in schools, prisons and performance centers. Join OTC Artistic Director Jason Loewith for a discussion of the history of medieval players as well as the joys and hardships of traveling theatre.
Our distinguished panel includes an acclaimed medievalist, the director of The Amateurs and artistic director of National Players, and two veterans of National Player tours.
Theresa Coletti: Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland College Park. She is author of Mary Magdalene and the Drama of Saints Theater, Gender, and Religion in Late Medieval England and Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs, and Modern Theory.
Jason King Jones: Director of The Amateurs. He is the Senior Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center, and Artistic Director of National Players.
Deidre Staples: National Players Tour 70, DC actor/playwright and the seasonal conference associate at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.
Alan Wade: National Players Tours 20 & 23, Olney Theatre Board Member and actor in 25 Olney Theatre Center productions. Alan has also directed for OTC and for National Players. Other DC Area appearances: Arena Stage, Center Stage, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, MetroStage, Stage Guild, and Potomac Theatre Project
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