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Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika

by Tony Kushner • Directed by Jason Loewith and Ryan Rilette • Co-Produced with Round House Theatre


September 7 – October 30, 2016 at Round House Theatre


TWO GREAT THEATER COMPANIES. ONE EXTRAORDINARY THEATRICAL EVENT.  Just in time for election season, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present the 25th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning juggernaut. Sexuality, religion, and politics collide at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century.  Arguably the most important play about America and politics written between Death of a Salesman and Hamilton.  Don’t miss Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika, presented in rotating repertory.  A second co-production between the two companies will be performed at Olney Theatre Center in 2017-18.  [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]



By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett • Adapted by Wendy Kesselman • Directed by Derek Goldman


September 14 – October 23, 2016 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


What could be more emotionally stirring than hearing masterful performers tell one of the most powerful, chilling stories of the 20th century in our intimate Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab?  Join Anne Frank, her family, the Van Daans and more for a vivid, dynamic exploration of the “banality of evil” and the ever-present flame of hope in the story of a Jewish girl in Amsterdam during World War II, and their desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world.  Directed by Derek Goldman (Grounded), an artist with a national reputation for bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to life. [CLASSIC SERIES]


Book by Julian Fellowes • Original Music by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman • New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics
by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles • Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh •  Directed by Jason King Jones • Choreographed by Tara Jeanne Vallee


November 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017 on the Mainstage


Celebrate the holidays with your family at one of the most beloved tales of all time!  It’s 1910 and Mr. Banks is advertising for a stern nanny for his two wayward children… but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all – especially Mr. Banks – some valuable lessons in what family really means.   From the magical “Chim Chim Cher-ee” to the delightful “Supercallifragalisticexpealidocious”, you’ll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two delightful (if a little crazy) children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.  [FAMILY SERIES]


Book by Hugh Wheeler • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim • Directed by Jason Loewith • 
Choreography by Tommy Rapley • Music Direction by Christopher Youstra


February 1 – March 5, 2017 on the Mainstage


The artistic team behind Carousel and How to Succeed… brings Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-winning “musical thriller” to life for the first time on the Olney Theatre Stage.  After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child.   Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett – a restauranteur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies – Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many years ago. [CLASSIC SERIES]

World Premiere Adaptation


Adapted by Meg Miroshnik from the play by Pierre de Marivaux • Directed by Eleanor Holdridge


March 1 - April 2, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


Artistic Associate Eleanor Holdridge(I And You, Hay Fever) takes on one of the funniest French comedies of the 18th Century with the help of rising American playwright (and The Kilroy’s co-founder) Meg Miroshnik.   What happens to poor Harlequin when he finds himself kidnapped by an all-powerful Prince with designs on his fiancée, the faint-hearted peasant Silvia?  Will Harlequin speak truth to power and tell the Prince to go hang?  Prepare for disguises, mistaken identities, palace intrigues and improbable romance in this delightful comic romp that ends, of course, in more than one surprising marriage.  [CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY SERIES]

Rolling World Premiere

By Andrew Hinderaker • Directed by Halena Kays


April 12  May 7, 2017 on the Mainstage


From the author of Colossal comes another remarkable story that combines vivid theatricality, profound story and in this case, a touch of true theater magic. Playwright Andrew Hinderaker weaves a thrilling and theatrical story about a talented magician who has risen to the top of his profession by maintaining absolute control over his performances – as well as his love life.  But when his lover forces him to confront his fears, along with his washed up magician father, his act might never be the same.  Watch card houses fall apart and reassemble, and be prepared to be amazed again as Hinderaker and actor Brett Schneider weave a magical spell that ends in a secret and powerful testament to the profundity of performance and hope.  [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]


By David Auburn • Directed by Timothy Douglas


May 17 – June 18, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


Dawn Ursula stars as Catherine, the bereaved daughter of a brilliant, but chronically mentally ill mathematician. Catherine worries that she has inherited her father's mental illness, but more central to the drama is whether she also inherited his genius. A penetrating mystery at the center of the play and the stellar cast illuminates the ways in which family and lovers play into and defy expectations. Craig Wallace returns to Olney Theatre Center, where he last appeared as Prospero in The Tempest, to undertake the role of Robert, the brilliant mathematician whose movements between sanity and brilliance are the polestars by which Catherine has lived her life.  Longtime DC favorite Aakhu TuahNera Freeman, plays Catherine’s successful older sister Claire. [CONTEMPORARY SERIES]


By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe • Directed by Alan Souza • Music Supervision by Christopher Youstra


June 21 – July 25, 2017 on the Mainstage


One of the most romantic scores of all time, featuring standards like “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “The Street Where You Live”, takes on new life in an intimate reimagining of the Tony-winning classic My Fair Lady.  Flower-seller Eliza Doolittle wages a romantic battle with uppercrust Henry Higgins, with surprising results in this production by Alan Souza, whose Camelot the Chicago Tribune called “genuinely revisionist… fascinating and fresh.”  [CLASSIC SERIES]


By George Stevens Jr. • Directed by Walter Dallas


July 19 – August 20, 2017 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


“You do what you think is right and let the law catch up.”  So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who – long before Antonin Scalia – changed the face of American jurisprudence.  He argued and won the Brown v. Board decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the “separate but equal” mandate in Maryland law schools.  Spend an evening with the late Justice at this one-man show, and consider just how far we’ve come… or have we?  [CLASSIC AND FAMILY SERIES]