ARTICLE: Small troupe wins big with 7 prizes at expanded Helen Hayes Awards
WASHINGTON POST • APRIL 6, 2015 • BY NELSON PRESSLEY
The Kennedy Center’s “Side Show” and Signature Theatre’s “Sunday in the Park With George” tied for top musical honors at Monday night’s unusually swift Helen Hayes Awards — the first awards to split the Washington area’s theater scene (after much controversy) into two categories, “Helen” and “Hayes.”
“Side Show” and “Sunday” triumphed in the Hayes camp (shows in which more than half the performers are members of the union Actors’ Equity). In the Hayes field, the Olney Theatre Center’s arresting staging of “Colossal,” Andrew Hinderaker’s new play about the surprisingly rough intersection of football and dance, led all nonmusicals with four wins including the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding original play or musical.
ARTICLE: An actress playing Judas? Some theaters say yes
WASHINGTON POST • APRIL 2, 2015 • BY ADELLE M. BANKS
In a recent production of “Godspell” at the Olney Theatre Center just outside Washington, Judas drives a Ford Ranger, wears a long braid over the left shoulder, and kisses Jesus on the lips in the scene of betrayal.
For this gender-bending version of the Stephen Schwartz musical, directors chose an actress to portray the notorious betraying disciple.
ARTICLE: Olney Theatre Center lands new Moises Kaufman project
WASHINGTON POST • March 16, 2015 • BY NELSON PRESSLEY
The Olney Theatre Center has a major catch for next season: the premiere of “Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical” by Moises Kaufman, ringleader of the Tectonic Theater Project ( renowned for creating “The Laramie Project”). Also on tap: an unconventional Gilbert and Sullivan rep from the Chicago outfit The Hypocrites.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.