This “scorchingly ambitious,” (The Guardian), genre-busting American premiere follows mothers and daughters over two centuries, from the dawn of the age of oil in 1889 to its “peak oil” demise sometime in the not-too-distant future. In five separate but connected playlets, a single mother named May defies the odds to provide for her daughter Amy by any means necessary. From Cornwall to Tehran, London, Baghdad, and back, the mother-daughter power struggle evolves and shifts, even as the resources that fuel it (and the rest of the world) begin to dwindle. This American premiere is bursting with theatricality and big ideas about feminism, imperialism, and environmentalism from a leading playwright wowing audiences in the U.K.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Trailer for Oil by Ella Hickson
Luciana StecconiScenic Designer
Michael KrassCostume Designer
Robert CroghanCostume Designer
Colin K. BillsLighting Designer
Kenny NealSound Designer
Daniel BrodieProjections Designer
Zachary CampionDialect Coach
Richard LundyProduction Stage Manager
Washington Post: The British hit 'Oil' strikes a vein in its U.S. debut at Olney
DC Metro Theater Arts: ‘Oil’ at Olney Theatre Center
DC Theatre Scene: Oil, a sprawling and ambitious drama, makes its American debut at Olney
Talkin' Broadway: Oil
- CultureSpotMC: Olney Theatre Center stages U.S. Premiere of 'Oil'
- Montgomery County Sentinel: Olney’s ‘Oil’ studies complex mother-daughter relationships through time
"An audacious piece of writing... a huge, ambitious study of co-dependency: mother and daughter, man and machine, east and west, Britain and empire."Time Out London
All performances of Oil are General Admission. If you require wheelchair seating or have other mobility issues, please include this information in your order or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ella Hickson talks about Oil
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February 27 - March 31 2019