While COVID-19 means we can’t gather together in the theatre to experience the thrill of a live performance, we can still connect to one another through stories. We want to hear a 3-minute story from you about what your life at home is like now. How has the meaning of "home" changed during quarantine? What unique experience can you share that will make us laugh, surprise us with an unexpected twist or help us feel less alone? We’ll share the best ones we get on this page. And when all this is behind us, we’ll ask some of our favorite storytellers to join us onstage for a StorySlam.
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Recent stories are found below. You can see all the stories on our blog.
Most Recent Stories
Listen to Debbie's Story
Debbie is the Managing Director Olney Theatre Center. As we sit on the edge of the world beginning to open up again, she reflects on what this time in quarantine has meant to her as a professional theatremaker, a wife, and a mother.
Listen to Robyn's Story
Robyn Shrater Seemann is a writer and graphic designer working out of her closet in Montgomery County.
Listen to Cheryl's Story
Cheryl is an Olney Theatre member whose story first appeared in Bethesda Magazine. After reading it, we knew she had to share it here.
Listen to Leah's Story
Leah Packer is a first-year student at college whose year came to a halt during this epidemic.
Listen to Sabina's Story
Sabina is a graduating senior at Sherwood High School.
Listen to Beth's Story
Beth Jones is an English professor at Wor-Wic Community College, as well as mother, wife, and devoted daughter-in-law.
Listen to Jaysen's Story
Jaysen Wright is a DC-based actor, who recently starred as Jay "The Sport" Jackson in The Royale, our co-production with 1st Stage in Tysons. Jaysen tells a very personal story in "5 Variations on Home"
Listen to Nancy's Story
Nancy Somers is an English and Theater teacher at Earle B. Wood Middle School in Rockville. In addition to being a single mom to four kids, she also enjoys acting in community theater productions.
Listen to Evan's Story
Evan Casey has acted in seven different OTC productions. Most recently, he played Gregory/Jordan in The Amateurs. He and his wife, Tracy Lynn Olivera, can frequently be seen on stages all over the DMV. Evan and his family have found an unexpected upside during this time.
Listen to Karen's Story
Karen Paul is a writer who, before COVID-19, was adjusting to the life of an empty nester. When the coronavirus hit, her kids starting coming home and with that came some conflicting emotions.
Listen to Dani's Story
Dani Stoller is an actor and playwright whose most recent play, Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes, was a sold out hit at Signature Theatre. As part of Olney's 20-21 season, Dani will be performing in The Humans on the Mainstage.
Listen to Jeanette's Story
Jeanette Hantke is a former State Department Foreign Service Officer, now “safely” retired in Virginia.
Listen to Elliot's Story
Elliot Wilner is a retired neurologist, living in Bethesda, MD.
Listen to Alan's Story
Alan Wade recently appeared in Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors on our Mainstage, is currently a member of the Board of Directors, and is an alum of two National Players tours.
Listen to Sarah's Story
Sarah Kiker, Dramaturgy Apprentice, shares what life is like in Crawford House as well as what the apprentices are up to.
Listen to Mita's story
Mita is a past president of the Olney Theatre board and is at home in the world.
Listen to Jason's story
Artistic Director Jason Loewith recorded his story about what home means to him.
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