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 Winner of the inaugural Laurents-Hatcher Award, The Submission follows Danny, a gay, white playwright as his play gets accepted at the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, everyone thinks his stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the Projects is written by Shaleeha G'ntamobi…and she doesn't exist. Controversial themes of race and sexuality are part of the mix, as is explicit language.

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(Recommended for mature audiences due to themes and explicit language.)

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Meet the Cast

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Ari Butler

Frank De Julio

Craig Dolezel

Kellee Knighten Hough









Online Resources

Dramaturgy Notes and Note From the Playwright

Articles About This Production

METRO WEEKLY: Olney's Edge

THE WASHINGTON POST: In ‘The Submission,’ words are weapons for scheming playwright

DC Metro Theater Arts: Playwright Jeff Talbott on Olney Theatre Center’s Production of His Play ‘The Submission'

THE GAZETTE:  Play brings up tough topics at Olney Theatre




Ari ButlerAri Butler (Pete) is happy to make his DC area debut at Olney Theatre Center! OFFBROADWAY: 59E59th Street Theater: Poetic License; Westside Theater: Old Jews Telling Jokes; The Becket at Theater Row: Dreyfus in Rehearsal; Cherry Lane Theater: Fugue (dir: Judith Ivey). REGIONAL: Merrimack Rep: Beat Generation (Ginsberg/Irwin, by Jack Kerouac, world premiere); Stamford TheaterWorks: Shape of Things (Adam, Best Play Nom CT Critics Circle); Drayton Entertainment: How to Succeed... (Finch); North Shore: Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo); Prince Theater: Hair (Woof); Hyperion Theater: Disney’s Aladdin (Aladdin); Forestburgh: Crossing Delancey and Broadway Bound. FILM: Coming up Roses (w/ Bernadette Peters); Toast; This Month’s Night. EDUCATION: NYU-Tisch double major (History & Drama); Parents; Wife.

Ari ButlerFrank De Julio (Danny) is thankful to be working at the Olney Theatre Center with these artists. New York Theatre: Richard III (Buckingham)
4th Street Theatre, Unnatural Acts (co-author/Keith Smerage) at Classis Stage Company (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play), The Living Newspaper Dir: Laura Savia, Monstrosity Dir: Lear deBessonet, Dillingham City by Lucy Thurber at Playwrights Horizons, Cymbeline (Aviragus), Twelfth Night (Sebastian.) TV: “Smash,” “Criminal Justice,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Blue Bloods,” “Gossip Girl,” “White Collar,” “Law & Order,” “As The World Turns,” “One Life To Live.” FILM: A Walk Among The Tombstones, Gabriel. Trained at Circle in the Square Theater School and Shakespeare & Company.

Craig DolezelCraig Dolezel (Trevor) is pleased to be making his debut in the Washington, D.C area at Olney Theatre Center. REGIONAL: The Pagosa Springs PAC: It’s a Wonderful Life (Live Radio Play) (George), A Steady Rain (Joey); Harlem Center for the Arts: Flying Fables (Chunkowe); Rutgers Theatre Company: Homemade (Ben), Lady of Fadima (Billy), Hunting and Gathering (Astor), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Judas), Any Place but Here (Chucky), Speech and Debate (Salomon). FILM: Alone, Cowboys and Indians. EDUCATION: Mr. Dolezel is a proud Graduate of the Rutgers University MFA Graduate Acting program (2012) and an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Ari ButlerKellee Knighten Hough (Emilie) is happy to make her Olney Theatre Center debut in this production. NATIONAL TOURS: Fame the Musical.
REGIONAL: Flat Rock Playhouse: For the Glory; Merry-Go-Round Playhouse: Little Shop of Horrors; North Shore Music Theatre/ Goodspeed Opera House: Abyssinia. DC AREA: Ford’s Theatre: Our Town, A Christmas Carol, Parade, Presidential Gala, The Civil War [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress]; Signature Theatre: Xanadu, Music in the Movies II (Cabaret), Shakespeare Theatre: Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Rock Opera. EDUCATION: AMDA (NYC); Xavier University of Louisiana, BS, Biology Pre-Med (New Orleans).