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Olney Theatre Center Announces 2012-2013 Season

By • Jun 16th, 2012 • Category: News

Olney Theatre Center Artistic Director Martin Platt announced the Theatre’s 75th Anniversary Season this morning.

  • Spring Awakening
    The Tony Award Winning Musical
    Music by Duncan Sheik/ Book and Lyrics Steven Sater
    February 7 – March 3, 2013 on the Mainstage

    Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. Entertainment Weekly called the music in this show “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade.”

  • Neville’s Island, A Comedy in Thick Fog
    by Tim Firth / Directed by Martin Platt
    April 4 – 28, 2013 on the Mainstage

    Follow four out-of-shape, middle-aged businessmen who, instead of completing a simple team building exercise in England’s bucolic Lake District, succeed in being the first people ever to get shipwrecked on a tiny island in this tourist paradise. Neville’s Island…where The Office meets Lord of the Flies.

  • The Submission
    by Jeff Talbott / Directed by David Elliott
    The 2012 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award Winner/DC Area Premiere
    May 9 – June 2, 2013 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

    Shaleeha G’ntamobi’s stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the Projects has just been accepted into the nation’s preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G’ntamobi doesn’t exist, except in the imagination of wannabe white playwright Danny, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. Winner of the 2012 Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award and the 2011 Laurents/Hatcher Award, The New York Times calls The Submission “a perky tale of racial pride and prejudice in the theatre.”

  • Angel Street (‘Gaslight’)
    by Patrick Hamilton / Directed By John Going
    June 20 – July 14, 2013 on the Historic Stage

    This Victorian thriller focuses on a seemingly normal couple, the Manninghams. Is the handsome Jack Manningham a caring husband – or is he discreetly trying to drive his young wife Bella into insanity under the guise of kindness. It takes an extraordinarily dedicated Scotland Yard detective, the aptly named Inspector Rough, to unravel this delightfully twisted thriller. This is the first in an annual series of Olney Theatre Center Heritage Productions. Angel Street last thrilled audiences at Olney Theatre Center in 1950.

  • Carnival!
    Book by Michael Stewart / Music & Lyrics by Bob Merrill / Directed By Martin Platt
    August 1 – 26, 2013 on the Mainstage

    Based on the ever-popular 1953 film Lili and featuring the hit song ‘Love Makes The World Go Round,’ Carnival! tells the story of a lonely orphan girl who literally runs away to join the circus – The Grande Imperial Cirque de Paris – which is in actuality a rather flea-bitten travelling troupe. There are magicians, trapezes, puppets, and romance in Carnival! – and all wrapped in some of the most wonderful Broadway music of all time. Variety calls Carnival! “a gem.”

  • Olney Theatre Center presents BEDLAM (Theatre Company)
    In rotating Repertory
    Saint Joan
    by George Bernard Shaw
    by William Shakespeare

    Directed by Eric Tucker
    September 4 – October 13 in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

    In the Autumn, just as the leaves are turning, New York’s critically acclaimed BEDLAM Theatre brings you two great classics as you’ve never seen them before. Four actors (count them – four) bring Shakespeare and Shaw to vivid life, up close and personal. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

    The Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout called BEDLAM’s production of Saint Joan “an unforgettable show …The most exciting George Bernard Shaw revival I’ve ever seen, bar none.” The Providence Journal called BEDLAM’s Hamlet “…a remarkable Hamlet – raw, vital, intense theatre, a production for all its quirkiness, is not to be missed. Tucker leads his band of players get to the heart of this great play.”

  • Tartuffe, or The Hypocrite
    by Molière / Translated By Richard Wilbur / Directed by Martin Platt
    September 26 – October 20, 2013 on the Mainstage

    “Oh, I may be devout – but I am human all the same …” Set in Modern Paris, Molière’s always relevant classic comedy Tartuffe, about a religious hypocrite and the home he invades, gets a vibrant makeover, and a Euro-pop score. The New York Times calls Tartuffe “Moliere’s hilarious raillery against religious fanatics, hypocrisy and sex.” Molière once said, “It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.”

  • Once Upon a Mattress
    Music by Mary Rodgers / Lyrics by Marshall Barer
    Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, & Marshall Barer
    November 14 – December 29 on the Mainstage

    The musical comedy that made Carol Burnett a star remains one of the great Broadway family shows of all time. If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and the Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise! Carried on a wave of beguiling songs (by the daughter of Richard Rodgers and mom of Light in the Piazza‘s composer Adam Guettel), a shy prince, a hen-pecked King, a Wicked Queen and a one-of-a-kind Princess lead a cast of characters that will ensure that you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again. A great show for the entire family during the Holiday Season.

The planned schedule, shows and artists are subject to change.

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