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Olney Theatre Center Opens Its 75th Anniversary Season with Spring Awakening

Olney, MD — January 4, 2013 — Spring Awakening, winner of eight Tony Awards® including Best Musical, will open Olney Theatre Center 75th Anniversary Season playing on the Mainstage February 7 – March 10, 2013.

Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion you will never forget. In the tradition of Hair and Rent, Spring Awakening is a musical that has captured the heart and soul of a new generation.

Based on the Expressionist play that caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany, Spring Awakening features a captivating score by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sate. The New York Times calls Spring Awakening, "HAUNTING AND ELECTRIFYING! This brave new musical has a shivery, sensual allure unmatched by anything in the theater right now."

Steve Cosson, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians and director of Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns at Woolly Mammoth [Top 10 of 2012 The Washington Post] takes the helm for this new production. Mr. Cosson is joined by Helen Hayes Award-winning Music Director Christopher Youstra and New York Choreographer Sam Pinkleton.

“I saw Spring Awakening during its original run on Broadway and am a big fan,” says Mr. Cosson. “So, I was thrilled when Olney Theater Center offered me a chance to direct the show. Especially since the Broadway production created so many iconic images in design, staging and choreography, I felt there was an inherent challenge to not repeat the great work already accomplished on Broadway, but to discover the show afresh with the incredibly talented design team and cast at Olney Theatre Center.”

The cast is led by Matthew Kacergis and Alyse Alan Louis as the star-crossed lovers Melchior and Wendla.  Mr. Kacergis recently made his Olney Theatre Center debut as Prince Christopher in this Winter’s Cinderella. DC audiences will recognize him from his performances in Parade, The Civil Warand 1776 at Ford’s Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Two Gentlemen of Verona: In Concert. Ms. Louis appeared on Broadway as Sophie in the hit musical Mamma Mia!  Other credits include Bells Are Ringing, Camp Wanatachi, The Daughters, POP! Who Shot Andy Warhol?, Xanadu, Bright Lights, Big City and Hair.

Portraying the tortured Moritz Steifel is Helen Hayes Award Winner Parker Drown. Audiences will recognize Mr. Drown from his performances inOlney Theatre Center’s Cinderella, Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as Studio Theatre’s Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Keegan Theatre’s RENT, which his portrayal of Angel earned him a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical.

Rounding out the cast are MaryLee Adams, Austin VanDyke Colby, Maggie Donnelly, Samuel Edgerly, Ali Hoxie, Gracie Jones, David Landstrom, Liz Mamana, Katie McCreary, Christopher Mueller, Dayna Marie Quincy, Tim Rogan, Chris Rudy, and Ethan Watermeier.

Spring Awakening is beyond sex and controversial issues. It’s about conversation—one that Olney Theatre Center invites the Washington D.C. metro area to be a part of.

Olney Theatre Center is offering additional Spring Awakening programming, the first of which is a panel discussion with local sexual health educators. The “Let’s Talk About Sex” Panel Discussion will be held on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 7:30 pm, and will be open to the public, free of charge.

“A great theatrical experience is one that demands conversation long after the actors take their bows,” says Olney Theatre Center Director of Education Jason King Jones. “For Spring Awakening, we chose to begin the dialogue before the lights are even turned on. It is our responsibility to the community and the production to encourage responsible dialogue about the subjects addressed in this poignant tale of teenage repression and its consequences.  We are excited to host this dialogue and we look forward to creating more opportunities to involve more closely our community, our artists, and stories we have in common.”

Seating for this event is limited. Call our Box Office at 301-924-3400 for details and to reserve your spot.

 

Spring Awakening
Music by Duncan Sheik
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Directed by Steve Cosson
Musical Direction by Christopher Youstra
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton

February 7 – March 10, 2013

Press Night: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8pm

Performances are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm; matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm; Sunday 7:30pm performances on February 10, 17, March 3 and 10; Wednesday matinees on February 13, 27, and March 6; Tuesday 7:30pm performance on February 19.

Tickets are $32.50-$65. Discounts available for groups, seniors, military, and students.


 

ARTISTIC TEAM BIOS

Steve Cosson (Director) is a director, a writer, and the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians. Recent work for Civilians: Paris Commune at 2012’s BAM Next Wave Festival, formerly at The Public Theater and La Jolla Playhouse; Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns at Woolly Mammoth [Top 10 of 2012 The Washington Post]; The Great Immensity at Kansas City Rep; The Next Forever created for the 2012 TED Conference; In The Footprint [Top 10 of 2010 in NY Times, Time Out, New Yorker]; This Beautiful City at Humana Festival, Vineyard Theatre, Center Theatre Group, and Studio Theatre; and Gone Missing [NY Times Top 10 of 2007]. He’s directed these Civilians works and others at Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Repertory Theater, HBO’s Comedy Festival, MoMA, London’s Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre, Arts Emerson among others. Other directing highlights: Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon (Humana Festival, O’Neill); and Bus Stop (Kansas City Rep).

Sam Pinkleton (Choreographer) NYC Credits: The immersive dance party/performance Onthefloor (Co-Director, The Dance Cartel/Ace Hotel NY), Dan Fishback’s The Material World (Dixon Place) and new work at The O’Neill, The Vineyard Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, and The New Museum. Mr. Pinkleton is a core company member of acclaimed dance-theatre company Witness Relocation and with the company has created and performed Hagaddah (La MaMa), ...Incision (Princeton University, Bushwick Starr), and the world premiere of Charles Mee’s Eterniday (Upcoming). Mr. Pinkleton was Associate Director for Nicky Silver’s The Lyons on Broadway and teaches Bustin’ Moves and other original alt-dance classes at NYU.

Christopher Youstra (Musical Director) returns to Olney Theatre Center where he has musically directed Cinderella, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production], Annie, Camelot, Peter Pan, 1776, Triumph of Love, and Call of the Wild. Other credits include Ford’s Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors; Round House Theatre: Summer of ‘42, A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage, Once on This Island; Studio Theatre’s 2nd Stage: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Pop!, Passing Strange; Studio Theatre: The Adding Machine; Toby’s Dinner Theater: The Color Purple, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast, Aida, The Producers, Godspell, Rent, Miss Saigon, Ragtime: The Musical, Chicago; Imagination Stage: Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Miss Nelson is Missing; Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences: Nobody’s Perfect, Chasing George Washington; Arena Stage; Burn Brae Dinner Theatre; Montgomery College; American University; Musical Theatre Center; Signature Theatre; and Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts. Mr. Youstra has been nominated for seven Helen Hayes Awards and received the award in 2008 for Titanic. Mr. Youstra is director of music at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Columbia and has worked with both Phoenix Productions and Troika Entertainment national touring company and toured both Europe and Korea with Smokey Joe’s Café. The Dancing Princesses, for which he wrote the music and lyrics, ran spring 2011 at Imagination Stage and his upcoming Big Nate, based on the syndicated comic strip and book series, will appear at Adventure Theater in spring 2013.

 

CAST BIOS

MaryLee Adams (Martha) is excited to be back at Olney Theatre Center! Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: Joseph..., Annie, The Sound of Music. DC Area: Studio Theatre 2nd Stage: Pop! (Edie Sedgwick) [Helen Hayes nomination Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]; Toby's Dinner Theatre: Rent (Mimi), Hairspray (Penny) [Helen Hayes nomination Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical], Nunsense (Sister Leo), High School Musical (Gabriella), Oklahoma (Gertie); CCTA: The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne); Keegan Theatre: Rent (Ensemble) [2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]. Film: The Blinds, Respire, Jamesy Boy. TV: “House of Cards,” “America's Most Wanted.” Education: The Wynn Handman Studio NYC, Catholic University of America.

Austin VanDyke Colby (Hanschen) recently appeared in Olney Theatre Center’s CINDERELLA.  REGIONAL: Cortland Repertory Theatre: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph); Papermill Theatre: On the Town (Gabey), Smokey Joe’s Café (Michael), Altar Boyz (Matthew), DC AREA: Signature Theatre: 21/24: American Musical Voices Project: The Break (Mark Lerner), Spin (Trevor); Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Hairspray (Link), Legally Blonde (Warner). JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: Oklahoma! (Curly), Kiss Me, Kate (Bill Calhoun), Songs for a New World (Man 2), I Love You Because (Jeff), Bright Lights, Big City (Jamie). EDUCATION: BM in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University.

Maggie Donnelly (Ilse) is thrilled to be making her OLNEY THEATRE CENTER debut! Most recently workshopped the Broadway-bound musical, Artaria, and also was invited to participate in The Public Theater's workshop production of Times Square off-broadway. REGIONAL/REPERTORY: Barrington Stage Company: The Crucible (Mercy Lewis); Notre Dame Shakespeare: Twelfth Night (Viola); Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre: Hero (Natasha). FILM/TV: Recently played a feisty undercover cop in an episode for the primetime pilot N.Y.J.D. EDUCATION: Northwestern University.  

Parker Drown(Moritz Stiefel) is happy to be back at Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: Cinderella, Grease (Sonny) and Joseph and the Amazing… (Dan). DC AREA: Signature Theatre: Hairspray [2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical]; Rep Stage: Speech and Debate; Studio Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Keegan Theatre: RENT (Angel) [2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical]; Forum Theatre: Holly Down in Heaven; Adventure Theatre: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer Alexander…, If You Give a Moose a Muffin; Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Hairspray, All Shook Up, Oklahoma!, A Christmas Carol, High School Musical. EDUCATION: BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and proud alum of the National Theatre Institute (NTI F’07).

Ali Hoxie (Ensemble) is happy to be making her Olney Theatre Center debut with this beautiful show! DC AREA: Keegan Theatre: Spring Awakening (Wendla); Signature Theatre: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Washington Savoyards: Rocky Horror; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Much Ado About Nothing; Imagination Stage: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Cats, Happy Days, Chicago, A Christmas Carol. EDUCATION: BA in Musical Theatre from James Madison University.

Gracie Jones (Thea) is happy to be back at Olney Theatre Center. Previous Olney Theatre Center credits include: Cinderella (Ensemble, u/s Cinderella), The Sound of Music (Ensemble, u/s Maria) [Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Ensemble, Resident Musical]. DC AREA: Toby’s Dinner Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, u/s Dorothy), Anything Goes (Hope). EDUCATION: BA in Theatre from University of Maryland.

Matthew Kacergis (Melchior) is thrilled to be back onstage at Olney Theatre Center after appearing as Prince Christopher in this winter’s Cinderella. REGIONAL: Ford's Theatre: Parade (Frankie Epps/Young Soldier), The Civil War ("Tell My Father"), 1776 (The Leather Apron); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona: In Concert; Village Theatre: Chasing Nicolette (Aucassin), Anne of Green Gables (Gilbert Blythe); Ogunquit Playhouse: Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), High School Musical (Troy); Mt. Washington Valley Theatre: Blood Brothers (Mickey) [NH Theatre Award Nomination, Best Actor in a Musical], Baby (Danny), South Pacific (Lt. Cable); Atlanta Lyric Theatre: The Secret Garden (Dickon). Later this spring he will play the title role in the world premiere of Big Nate at Adventure Theatre MTC. 

Alyse Alan Louis (Wendla). Broadway: Mamma Mia! (Sophie).  Off Broadway: City Center Encores: Bells Are Ringing; LaMama ETC: Camp Wanatachi;  CAP21: The Daughters. Regional: Pittsburgh City Theatre: POP! Who Shot Andy Warhol? (Valerie Solanas); Revision Theatre: Xanadu (Kira); Prince Music Theatre: Bright Lights, Big City (Mary) and Hair (Chrissy); Walnut Street Theatre: Brighton Beach Memoirs (Laurie) and The Goodbye Girl (Lucy)  [Barrymore Award nomination].  Film: Columbia MFA Film: Vivace! (Nina). BFA Tisch School of the Arts. 

Liz Mamana (The Adult Women) is delighted to be back at Olney Theatre Center after previously appearing as Maggie in Lend Me a Tenor.  OFF-BROADWAY: The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Transport Group.REGIONAL: Barksdale Theatre: The Constant Wife (Constance); Williamstown Theatre Festival: Three Penny Opera. DC Area: Theater J: The Religion Thing, Oh, the Innocents; Round House Theatre: Fahrenheit 451 (Mildred); Folger Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret). FILM: Blood & Circumstance, Still Breathing. TV: “VEEP,” “Twenty Questions,” “America’s Most Wanted.”  EDUCATION: BA in Drama from The University of Virginia; British American Drama Academy, Midsummer in Oxford.

Katie McCreary (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining Olney Theater Center for Spring Awakening.  Katie is a DC native and is very excited to be doing her first regional production in her hometown. INTERNATIONAL TOUR: Avenue Q.  OFF-BROADWAY: Girl’s Night: the Musical. REGIONAL: Allenberry Playhouse: Chicago,Smokey Joe’s Café; PCPA Theaterfest: Hairspray, Caroline, or Change; Unicorn: The Women of Brewster Place, Bare; Quality Hill: Broadway’s Best; Musical Theatre Heritage: 1776; The New Theatre: The Sound of Music; White Theater: Rent; Wagonwheel: All Shook Up, The Music Man, Godspell. Opera credits include Cosi fan Tutte, Dido and Aeneas, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica.

Christopher Mueller (Otto) – NEW YORK: LaGuardia Arts at Lincoln Center: Chess in Concert. DC: Signature Theatre: Crossing (Concert), Spin (Reading), Brother Russia, Chess, Sweeney Todd, The Hollow (Reading), The Boy Detective Fails, Giant, Kiss of the Spider Woman; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera); Arena Stage: Redhand Guitar (Workshop), Skindiver (Reading); The Kennedy Center: 2011 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, New Year's Eve at The Kennedy Center; Keegan Theatre: The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, RENT; Imagination Stage: Dr. Doolittle, Disney's Mulan; Adventure Theatre: Pickle Chiffon Pie (Reading), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. EDUCATION: The Catholic University of America; The London Dramatic Academy.

Dayna Marie Quincy (Anna) is thrilled to be performing at Olney Theatre Center. NATIONAL TOUR: The Color Purple (Nettie). REGIONAL: Carnegie Hall: Bernstein’s Mass, Faure’s Requiem; Riverside Dinner Theater: Dreamgirls (Michelle Morris); Morgan State University: Sarafina! (Mistress, It’s a Pity), Ragtime; Artcentric: AIDA (Nehebkuh), Dreamgirls (Michelle Morris); Thee Arts Productions: One Night Only - A Musical Theater Revue (Director). DC AREA: The Kennedy Center: Bernstein’s Mass; Toby’s Dinner Theater: A Christmas Carol, Legally Blonde (Pilar), The Color Purple (Celie).  EDUCATION: BA in Music, Vocal Concentration from Morgan State University. MA in Music, Vocal Concentration from Morgan State University.

Tim Rogan DC AREA: No Rules Theater Co: The Fantasticks; WashingtonSavoyards: Rocky Horror Show; Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Grease; Theater J: Spinoza’s Solitude; Shakespeare Theatre Co: The Boys from Syracuse Concert; Signature Theatre: The Hollow, The Boy Detective Fails, I Capture the Castle: 21/24, Side by Side by Sondheim, Sunset Boulevard; CatholicUniversity: Man of La Mancha, Nine, Thoroughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up, Sunday in the Park with George TRAINING: BM, The Catholic University of America

Chris Rudy (Georg) is thrilled to be a part of his very first production at Olney Theatre Center. Previous theatre credits include: DC Area: Toby's Dinner Theatre: The Sound of Music (Rolf) Grease (Doody) Chicago (Mary Sunshine). FILM: The Red Phone, Ghost. EDUCATION: BS in Theatre from Towson University.

Ethan Watermeier (Adult Male) is delighted to return to Olney Theatre Center after recently performing Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors.  Previously he appeared at Olney Theatre Center as Herr Zeller in last season's Helen Hayes Award nominated production of The Sound of Music. This summer Ethan portrayed multiple supporting roles in Shakespeare Theatre's staged reading of Brecht's The Life of Galileo. BROADWAY/NATIONAL TOUR: Les Misérables (Javert and Factory Foreman/Combeferre). REGIONAL: Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Urban Arias (DC), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Bailiwick Repertory, and Little Theatre on the Square. An active advocate and performer of new works, Ethan has worked with and premiered compositions by Mark Adamo, Tom Cipullo, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, John Musto, and Rachel Portman and was winner of the 2002 Kurt Weill International Competition. EDUCATION: Northwestern University (BM); Manhattan School of Music (MM); University of Maryland (DMA, anticipated completion '13); Voice Faculty at American University and MCC and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, VASTA, and artist roster of Sing for Hope.

 

About Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2013, is an award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities. For more information please visit www.olneytheatre.org.     

 

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