BOX OFFICE: 301-924-3400

 

Become An Olney Theatre Center Member!

New for 2014! Olney Theatre Center Memberships offer YOU the opportunity to become a member of Olney Theatre Center and see the shows YOU want to see - all at a great price! From the Olney Classic Series Membership with shows like August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, to the Olney Contemporary Series Membership with two Rolling-World Premieres and the Olney Family Series with family-friendly musicals and National Players productions of Shakespeare and American classics, there is something for every audience who comes to Olney Theatre Center. You can even choose one, two or all three! Click on the images below for a description of each Membership Series.

 

Buy Your Membership Today!

 
 
 

 

 

  How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying • The Piano Lesson • Awake & Sing!
 I And You • Avenue Q • Colossal
Once On This Island • The Tempest
As You Like It
To Kill A Mockingbird • Disney's The Little Mermaid

 

Buy Your Membership Today!
 

 

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING!

Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert • Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead
Directed by Jason Loewith • Music Direction by Christopher Youstra

January 29 – February 23, 2014 on the Mainstage


The hilarious Tony-winning Best Musical of 1961, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING! kicks off Olney’s 2014 season! A musical comedy of the “Mad Men” era, follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who climbs the corporate ladder from window washer to high-powered exec with the help of a little handbook called “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Can Finch tackle such potent dangers as the CEO’s nephew, the aggressively compliant “company man,” backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction, and multiple inter-office love affairs? Recommended for ages 10 and up


THE PIANO LESSON

by August Wilson • Directed Jamil Jude

May 7 – June 1 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


Is it really possible that Olney hasn’t done a play by August Wilson, one of our country’s most gifted and celebrated playwrights? We’ll change that with his 1990 Pulitzer-winner, THE PIANO LESSON. Wilson’s play weaves the powerful tale of an African-American family in 1936 Pittsburgh struggling to face its past and move into the future. Boy Willie, Bereneice, Doaker and Wining Boy are among the most enduring characters yet written for the American stage. Recommended for ages 12 and up


AWAKE AND SING!

By Clifford Odets • Directed by Kimberly Senior

September 24 – October 19, 2014 on the Mainstage


Odets’ 1935 play follows the Bergers, a Jewish family from the Bronx trying to make ends meet during the Depression. The family’s matriarch Bessie – one of the most spectacular roles in the American canon – will stop at nothing to keep her family together… even if it means ripping her children’s dreams apart. Widely recognized as a classic of the American theater, AWAKE AND SING! is directed by Kimberly Senior, fresh off her success with Pulitzer-winner DISTRACTED at Lincoln Center. Recommended for ages 12 and up

CLASSIC SERIES MEMBER ACCESS EVENTS!
HOW TO SUCCEED...
THE PIANO LESSON
AWAKE AND SING!

Feb 1, 2014 at 5pm

May 10, 2014 at 5pm

Sept 27, 2014 at 5pm

Musicals in the Mad Men Era: Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Associate Artistic Director and Director of Music Theatre Chris Youstra lead a presentation on the evolution of the American musical from the Golden Age of the 50s, through the Mad Men era, and into the 70s.

An African-American Century: August Wilson’s Century Cycle, featuring one play set in each of the 20th Century’s decades, revolutionized American theater. THE PIANO LESSON director Jamil Jude is joined in conversation by a panel of experts on Wilson’s cycle and his contribution to American theater.

Plays of the American Dream: Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education Jason King Jones interviews AWAKE AND SING!director Kimberly Senior about plays of the American Dream, from Odets’ 1936 classic through DEATH OF A SALESMAN, RAISIN IN THE SUN, and many more.


In Addition, All Members Receive:

Great savings – Up to 30% off Single Ticket Price • Guaranteed priority seating in all venues • $5 off additional tickets • Free ticket exchange
and replacement • Early notification of special events • FREE admission to Member Access Events for your Series • One (1) 1/2 price
ticket to a show in another series

Buy Your Membership Today!

 


I AND YOU — a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

February 26 – March 23, 2014 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


Anthony turns up in Caroline’s bedroom one night bearing waffle fries, a beat-up book, and a homework assignment they’re supposed to do together: explore Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself”. Chronically sick, Caroline hasn’t been to school in a while… and can’t ever remember meeting some kid named Anthony, which dials up both her suspicions and her “snark-o-meter.” But as the two get to know each other through Whitman’s powerful verse, they finally learn of the deeper mystery which brought them together. I AND YOU is a valentine to youth, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Recommended for ages 14 and up


AVENUE Q
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx • Book By Jeff Whitty
Directed by Jason Loewith • Choreographed by Bobby Smith
Music Direction by Christopher Youstra

June 11 – July 6, 2014 on the Mainstage


When a show opens with a song called “What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?”, sung by a lead puppet named Princeton, you know you’re in for something exciting. And that’s what you’ll get with the seismically hilarious, seriously-for-adults Tony-winning Best Musical of 2004. Songs like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is For Porn” and “If You Were Gay” rocketed AVENUE Q to the list of longest-running Broadway shows, satirizing (with its very big heart) the “you can do anything” message of kids’ shows from the 70s and 80s. Princeton and friends Kate Monster, Christmas Eve, and Gary Coleman might not be special in the grand scheme, but they’re awfully special to each other – and that’s even more important. Recommended for ages 14 and up with parental advisement.


COLOSSAL a Rolling World Premiere
By Andrew Hinderaker
Directed by Will Davis

September 3 –28, 2014 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab


Sure to be the “must-see” new play of 2014, COLOSSAL is an extraordinary story of emotional and physical endurance, love and family. Structured like a football game (performed in four quarters with a pre-show training session and half-time show), COLOSSAL tells in vivid, physical flashback the story of Young Mike, a college football player who took a hit in a game that left him paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. Broken emotionally and physically, Mike now relives the memory of his accident with the help of a live nine-person football squad onstage, finally confronting his demons in the play’s extremely moving and uplifting conclusion. Winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Recommended for ages 14 and up

CONTEMPORARY SERIES MEMBER ACCESS EVENTS!
I AND YOU
AVENUE Q
COLOSSAL

Mar 1, 2014 at 4pm

Jun 14, 2014 at 5pm

Sept 6, 2014 at 4pm

Cocktails with Playwright Lauren Gunderson: Called “preternaturally brilliant” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lauren Gunderson joins Olney audiences for the Rolling World Premiere of her play. Conversation moderated by Artistic Director Jason Loewith. Cash bar.

Cocktails with Puppets: AVENUE Q Director and Choreographer Jason Loewith and Bobby Smith are joined by cast puppets for quirky conversation. Cash bar.

Cocktails with Playwright Andrew Hinderaker. Andrew comes to Olney for the premiere of his play, and Contemporary Series members get in on the action. Conversation moderated by Artistic Director Jason Loewith. Cash bar.


In Addition, All Members Receive:

Great savings – Up to 30% off Single Ticket Price • Guaranteed priority seating in all venues • $5 off additional tickets • Free ticket exchange
and replacement • Early notification of special events • FREE admission to Member Access Events for your Series • One (1) 1/2 price
ticket to a show in another series

  Buy Your Membership Today!

 

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Book by Lynn Ahrens • Music by Stephen Flaherty • Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
Directed by Alan Muraoko

April 9 – May 4, 2014 on the Mainstage


From the Tony Award-winning creators of RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL comes a glorious, Caribbean-infused family musical of enormous heart and magical wisdom. Set in Haiti in the early 20th Century, ISLAND follows the story’s young heroine, Ti Moune, as she uses the power of love and storytelling to bring together a community torn apart but racial and economic difference. Full of capricious gods, island magic, and joyous dance numbers, Olney’s production is directed by Alan Muraoka, proprietor of Sesame Street’s Hooper’s Store since 1997. Recommended for ages 5 and up


THE TEMPEST
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jason King Jones

July 17 – August 4, 2014 on the Root Family Stage


Shakespeare’s glorious tale of magical creatures, love and forgiveness on a faraway island is sure to captivate in our outdoor space, the Root Family Stage. In celebration of their 65th consecutive year of touring, we’ll be returning to an old format we’ve used in the past, in which National Players veterans compose half of the cast of this professional show, mentoring current National Players who take the younger roles. Recommended for ages 8 and up


Member perks for Olney’s Free Shakespeare include reserved lawn seating and special opportunities to meet with the cast and creative team.


Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID — DC Area Premiere
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater • Music by Alan Menken • Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements

November 12 – December 28, 2014 on the Mainstage


In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind to live in the world above. But first she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking. Recommended for ages 5 and up

FAMILY SERIES MEMBER ACCESS EVENTS!
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
THE TEMPEST
THE LITTLE MERMAID

Apr 12, 2014 at 4pm

Jul 26, 2014 at 5pm

Nov 15, 2014 at 5pm

Meet Sesame Street’s Alan Muroaka, director of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, at this fun-filled family event with Caribbean-inspired arts and crafts, music and food! The gods of the island - Papa Ge, Erzulie, Agwe and Asaka - join the fun and talk about how they created their characters.

Ever wanted to be a clown? Not one in a big wig and white makeup, but a real clown? Shakespeare’s plays are full of clowns, like THE TEMPEST’s Stephano and Trinculo; join them and members of the National Players for a free one-hour class on being a clown the Shakespeare way!

How do you make a mermaid swim onstage? What are Ursula’s tentacles made of? Find out with the costume and set designer of THE LITTLE MERMAID at this special look at onstage magic with the people who make it - and try on Ursula’s tentacles for yourself!

Family Series members also receive FREE TICKETS to the National Players’ productions of AS YOU LIKE IT (August 27-31) and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (September 17-21) in Olney’s Historic Theatre.

In Addition, All Members Receive:

Great savings – Up to 30% off Single Ticket Price • Guaranteed priority seating in all venues • $5 off additional tickets • Free ticket exchange
and replacement • Early notification of special events • FREE admission to Member Access Events for your Series • One (1) 1/2 price
ticket to a show in another series