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by Noël Coward • Directed by Eleanor Holdridge


September 2 – 27, 2015 on the Mainstage

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This classic ‘20s comedy from one of the world’s wittiest playwrights concerns the dysfunctional Bliss family: ‘retired’ actress Judith, bizarre novelist David, and their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel. When four guests unexpectedly descend on their country home, a quiet weekend turns into madcap farce. Starring Artistic Associates Valerie Leonard, Susan Lynskey, Jon Hudson Odom and Michael Russotto. “Light, luminous, and charming, and hilariously funny.” – The New York Post. [CLASSIC SERIES]

Rolling World Premiere

By Jennifer Hoppe-House • Directed by Jeremy Cohen


September 30 – October 25, 2015 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon and drives her Prius through her living room wall. With a hole in the house as big as the hole in their hearts, Molly’s family descends on her for an ‘intervention’ that doesn’t play out the way anyone thought it would in this deliciously dark comedy. Starring Holly Twyford, Naomi Jacobson, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, Amy McWilliams, and Emily Townley. [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]


Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows • Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Directed by Jerry Whiddon • Choreography by Michael Bobbitt


November 11 – December 27, 2015 on the Mainstage

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Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, featuring classic songs like “Luck Be A Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” Guys and Dolls weaves a delectable tale of old-time gangsters, Hot Box girls, and gambling that charms and delights. Starring Jessica Lauren Ball (last seen at Olney Theatre Center as the title character in Cinderella and Maria in The Sound of Music). [CLASSIC SERIES / FAMILY SERIES]

World Premiere

Based on the opera by Georges Bizet • Written and directed by Moisés Kaufman • Original and adapted Music by Arturo O'Farrill
Choreography by Sergio Trujillo • Associate Music Direction by Christopher Youstra • Co-produced with Tectonic Theatre Project


February 10 – March 6, 2016 on the Mainstage


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The most talked-about show of the season is sure to be this world premiere, written and directed by Tony® Award-nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project Cycle), with music from two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill, and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Broadway’s Jersey Boys and Memphis). Olney’s star-studded team turns Bizet’s passion-fueled opera into a sexy, swinging AfroCuban Jazz musical, moving the action from 1820s Spain to Cuba in 1958, on the verge of revolution. Kaufman’s Carmen is a gun-runner for the rebels, who falls fiercely in love with José, a Batista loyalist. When Cuba’s boxing legend Camilo returns to Havana, Carmen and José’s love falls tragically apart. [CLASSIC SERIES / CONTEMPORARY SERIES]

Regional Premiere

By Jordan Harrison • Directed by Jason Loewith


March 10 - April 10, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

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From one of the country’s most adventurous young writers (Maple and Vine, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) comes the tender and provocative story of Marjorie, 85 years old, who’s reinventing memories from the past with the help of Walter Prime – a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago. The New York Times hailed the world premiere as “a tender, searching comedy... a thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption, and our insistence that technology can help us outwit death.” Starring Artistic Associate Julie-Ann Elliott and Lois Markle, who returns to Olney Theatre Center after a 40-year absence! [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]


by Frederick Knott • Directed by Jason King Jones


April 6  May 1, 2016 on the Mainstage

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Alfred Hitchcock based his much-loved thriller on Knott’s deliriously spine-tingling play about a former tennis star, Tony Wendice, who has married sweet and unsuspecting Margot for her money. He arranges what he thinks is the perfect murder, but when the plot goes wrong, Inspector Hubbard from Scotland Yard (Olney Theatre stage veteran Alan Wade) – along with her old flame, the murder mystery novelist Max Halliday – mount a hair-raising investigation that comes down to the last possible, chilling moment. [CLASSIC SERIES]

Regional Premiere

By Stephen Sachs • Directed by John Vreeke 


May 12 – June 12, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job… even her best friend refused the thrift store painting she bought for her birthday. But that painting might just be… a lost Jackson Pollock! Her fate lies in the hands of world-famous curator Lionel Percy, who shows up at Maude’s trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the ‘average Joe’ might finally throw it in the face of those ‘east coast elites’. Starting Artistic Associates Donna Migliaccio and Michael Russotto. “It’s exhilarating in the extreme when a world premiere play strikes rich on every conceivable level – a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas.” – Los Angeles Times. [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]


Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber • Lyrics by Tim Rice

Directed by Will Davis • Choreography by Christopher d'Amboise • Music Direction by Christopher Youstra


June 23 – July 24, 2016 on the Mainstage

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Heralded for its rich score and explosive love triangle, the legendary Tony® Award-winning musical Evita tells the story of Argentina’s passionate political figure Eva Perón, whose love for her country’s descamisados (‘the shirtless ones’) was surpassed only by her naked ambition. Known for its anthem, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” Evita will stun and delight in this intimate version of the musical that ensures you hear every note and feel every heartbeat. Helmed by the director and choreographer of last year’s hit and Helen Hayes Award winner, Colossal. [CLASSIC SERIES / CONTEMPORARY SERIES]

In Rotating Repertory

By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan • Directed by Sean Graney


July 14 – August 21, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


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Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah, Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney’s “outrageously enjoyable” (Chicago Tribune) staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors, though you’ll have to move when they tell you to!) in rotating repertory, Graney’s band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for musical theater, but the instruments, too! The DC-area premiere of The Hypocrites follows critically-acclaimed runs at Berkeley Rep and American Repertory Theatre. [FAMILY SERIES / CLASSIC SERIES]

“About the most fun you can have in a theater with your family… supremely joyous” – Chicago Tribune

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