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Welcome home National Players Tour 72 with a week of pay-what-you-can performances of their two-show repertory.

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.

Running in rep with A Raisin in the Sun

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 Place

Artistic Director of National Players
Jason King Jones

Violence and Intimacy Choreography
Lorraine Ressegger-Slone

Assistant Director
Lynreshay Johnson

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Jordan Essex

  • Savannah Gomez

  • Ariya Hawkins

  • Melanie A. Lawrence

    Peter Quince/Peaseblossom
  • Max Johnson

  • Lorenzo Miguel

  • Walter C. A. Riddle

  • Taylor Ryan Rivers

  • Sabrina Lynne Sawyer

  • Phillip Snyder

    Stage Manager


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.

Health and Safety

We ask that if you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Use this CDC symptom checklist to see if you need to quarantine or get tested.

Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required to attend for all patrons. Exemptions may be made for those who are not vaccinated, such as children under 5, people with certain medical conditions preventing vaccination, or those with closely held religious beliefs. These patrons must provide proof of a timely negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within six hours of showtime. Feel free to email with questions. email with questions. 

Visit our Health and Safety page for our latest policies to keep you safe as we return to the stage!

A Midsummer Night's Dream*

May 31 - June 1 2022

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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