For the first time in our history, National Players will be touring with an all Black/African American ensemble for our 73rd tour of the United States in 2022-2023!
Tour 73 Productions
By August Wilson
Directed by Craig Wallace
Troy Maxson was a star in the Negro Baseball League, but he was past his prime by the time Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947. Now in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy hauls garbage to provide for his family. When his son Cory wants to play football, Troy worries the same barriers he faced will crush Cory's dreams, and he'll crush them first before anyone else does. But Troy's own mistakes and regrets may be as big a threat to his family's security as the racism that limited his opportunities. As the past closes in, Troy finds the walls he's built for protection crumbling. For the first time in its history, National Players takes August Wilson's most acclaimed drama in his Century Cycle Plays to the stage.
Much Ado About Nothing
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jason King Jones
War has ended and soldiers return home to forget their sorrows. It looks like love is in the air. Except between Beatrice and Benedick, who are determined not to fall in love and get married even as they can't help engaging in daily verbal sparring matches with one another. Their friends Hero and Claudio along with others conspire to set them up whether they like it or not, but ill intentions may threaten to break up more than one couple in this play. Tricks, mistaken identity, and a clueless night watch are on the horizon in this "will they/won't they" comedy that features one of Shakespeare's wittiest couples.
The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Olney Theatre Center is one of 40 professional theater companies across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools and conduct related educational activities for students.
This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.