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Fairies, thespians, and runaway lovers all find themselves wandering the forest at night. With the fairy king and queen scheming, the lovers escaping, and the ragtag troupe of actors hastily rehearsing a show for the duke’s wedding tomorrow, what more could go wrong? When a fairy named Puck accidentally misapplies a love potion and purposefully transforms an actor into a donkey, it will take more than magic to set things right. Get lost in the forest with the National Players in the most epic romantic entanglement of all time. A magical comedy that’s fun for children and adults alike.

About National Players

Celebrating its 72nd season, National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. Founded in 1949, National Players stimulates youthful imagination and critical thinking by presenting classic plays in invigorating ways for modern audiences.

National Players is the hallmark outreach program of Olney Theatre Center. A model for artistic collaboration and national education outreach, National Players embodies the Olney Theatre Center educational pedagogy: to unleash the creative potential in our audiences and artists and to stimulate individual empowerment. National Players exemplifies these goals by presenting self-sustained productions of Shakespeare and other classics to learners of all ages and in all environments. Through performances and integrated educational programs, National Players empowers these learners to build stronger communities through artistic collaboration.

William Shakespeare

Directed by
Danielle Drakes

Set Designer
Ethan Sinnott

Costume Designer
Jen Gillette

Lighting Designer
Sarah Tundermann

Sound Designer
Tosin Olufolabi

Stage Manager
Phillip Snyder

Jason King Jones

Director of Production
Josiane M. Jones

Community Engagement & Touring Coordinator
Rebecca Dzida

Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director
Jenna Duncan

Artistic Director of National Players
Jason King Jones

Violence and Intimacy Choreography
Lorraine Ressegger-Slone

Assistant Director
Lynreshay Johnson

ASL Interpreter
Sandra Roelke

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2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Tamir Cousins-Ali 

  • Savannah Gomez

  • Ariya Hawkins

  • Melanie A. Lawrence 

    Peter Quince/Peaseblossom
  • Lorenzo Miguel 

  • Walter C.A. Riddle

  • Taylor Ryan Rivers 

  • Sean Patrick Ryan

  • Sabrina Lynne Sawyer

  • Phillip Snider 

Make it a picnic with Cava Mezze

Olney Theatre Center has partnered with Cava to bring contactless delivery to your theatre seat. Simply place your order 72 hours in advance of your performance date and your food will be delivered to the theatre. Orders must be received by noon on the day of your performance in order to be delivered on time. Visit Cava Mezze’s website to view their menu or place an order.

Health and Safety

We are excited to welcome you back to live, in-person performances. Please visit our Health and Safety page to learn more about the procedures OTC has in place to make your experience as comfortable and safe as possible.


Gana Dunlop

Andrew A. Isen

Cliff L. Johnson & Margaret T. Roper

Margaret Ross

Stephen Simpson & Lois Taylor

A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 2 - July 11 2021

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