Olney Theater Center announces eclectic 2022/23 season

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Olney Theater Center has announced its 84th season, unveiling plans for seven theatrical productions that will serve as the mainstays of an increasingly diverse cultural offering. The announcement follows the recent announcement of an $11 million grant from the State of Maryland for Olney’s $32 million capital campaign to renovate and expand arts and culture infrastructure. community gathering on the 14-acre campus. The fall will feature by Claire Barron dance nation (September 28 – October 30, 2022) is finally making its DMV premiere after a COVID-enforced delay. Similarly, Marcia Milgrom’s famous film Dodge Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (November 9, 2022 – January 1, 2023) will return with most of its original cast, including Jade Jones as Belle and Evan Ruggiero as the Beast, to extend a race that was shortened by COVID. This production had garnered national and international attention at the time of its premature closure, with stories appearing in People Magazine, MSNBC, Playbill and others about the groundbreaking cast that allowed the show’s message to resonate more deeply and wider.

The new year will bring Cyndi Lauper’s Tony Award-winning musical Good Time Naughty boots (February 10 – March 19, 2023) directed by Jason KingJonesand a revamped production of At Kander and Ebb The world is spinning directed by Kevin McAllisterand co-produced with Everyman Theater of Baltimore and ArtsCentric. In the Mulitz-Gudelsky theater laboratory, Jenna Square directs the National New Play Network’s rolling world premiere of by Ali Viterbi In every generation (March 8 – April 9, 2023), the winner of the 2019 National Jewish Gaming Competition. Also in the lab is the first DMV of Madhuri Shekar’s Family Comedy A nice Indian boy (May 24 – June 25, 2023) which puts a South Asian and LGBTQ twist on the “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” setup. The season culminates with Fela! (July 7 – August 13, 2023) directed by Lili-Anne Brown in the Mainstage, who is entering another 2-season deal with Round House Theater to co-produce works in each other’s spaces. It will be the show’s first professional production on the Afrobeat superstar since touring nationally a decade ago. Ink by James Graham (labor of love), the other half of the co-production, is set to open in the Round House Theater’s Bethesda space, run by Olney’s artistic director Jason Loewithin the fall of 2023.

The Olney Theater Center campus

The four musicals and three plays form the core of the Classic Membership Season available for customers to purchase now in line or through the box office (301-924-3400). Prices range for new members from $120 to $320 depending on plan choice. Olney recently announced an All-Access Membership which can be purchased for 3 months at a time and allows unlimited attendance at all Olney Theater productions, presentations and events during the purchased period. All-Access subscriptions covering performances in July, August and September will go on sale in June, along with single tickets. All-Access memberships include admission to other Olney programs, including the Olney Performance Series (jazz, cabaret, drag, and theater for young audiences), special presentations like the Applause Concert Series, and been like Olney Outdoors, which are scheduled and advertised. closer to performance dates.

A new addition to this growing list of extra programs will be a special holiday revue taking place in December 2022 for three weeks in the original 1938 theatre. Created by Associate Artistic Director Christopher Youstra and Director of Organized Programs Kevin McAllister, the show will be a cross-cultural celebration of the many traditions observing the holidays at this time of year. Performance dates and official titles will be announced soon.

Of course, Olney’s most beloved addition to the season is the annual return to the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theater Lab of Paul Morella’s solo interpretation of A Charles Dickens Christmas Carol. This will be the 13th edition of the holiday favourite, which has become a family tradition for many of our returning customers Christmas after Christmas.

Other programs, including National Players Tour 73 and special presentations, will be announced in the coming weeks.

OLNEY THEATER CENTER SEASON 2022/23 AT A GLANCE

ACHIEVEMENTS

dance nation
September 28 – October 30, 2022
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theater Laboratory
by Claire Baron
Directed by Jenna Place

by Disney The beauty and the Beast
November 9, 2022 – January 1, 2023
main stage
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
Choreography by Josh Walden
Musical direction by Walter “Bobby” McCoy

Naughty boots
February 10, 2023 – March 19, 2023
main stage
Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Miramax film of the same name, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth
Musical direction by Chris Youstra
Directed by Jason King Jones

In every generation
March 8, 2023 – April 9, 2023
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theater Laboratory
by Ali Viterbi
directed by Jenna Place

The world is spinning
April 19, 2023 – May 21, 2023
main stage
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Designed by Susan Stroman and David Thompson, Scott Ellis
Directed by Kevin McAllister
Musical direction by Chris Youstra
An ArtsCentric, Everyman Theater and Olney Theater Center co-production

A nice Indian boy
May 24, 2023 – June 25, 2023
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theater Laboratory
By Madhuri Shekar

Fela!
July 7, 2023 – August 13, 2023
main stage
Music and lyrics by Fela Kuti
Book by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis
(Additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean)
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
Co-produced with Round House Theater

SPECIAL EVENTS

A Christmas Carol: A Christmas Ghost Story
November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Mulitz-Gudelsky Theater Laboratory
by Charles Dickens
Adapted and performed by Paul Morella

Spectacular Holiday Revue
December 14, 2022 – January 1, 2023
1938 Original Theater

OLNEY PERFORMANCE SERIES
Featured works including jazz, cabaret, spoken word, theater for young audiences and drag, selected by Kevin McAllister, Director of Organized Programs, and announced later this summer.

ABOUT OLNEY THEATER CENTER
Assignment
Olney Theater Center for the Arts produces and organizes theatrical performances for diverse audiences in our community, and educates, teaches, supports and inspires a more inclusive generation of theater makers.
Vision
We strive to become an artistic and cultural powerhouse, redefining America’s regional theater movement by cultivating and sharing the creativity of our community.
Story
Once a summer retreat in rural Maryland, Olney Theater Center is now an award-winning year-round regional theater surrounded within a 15-mile radius by 1.6 million people representing three of America’s most ethnically diverse counties . Since our founding in 1938, some of the biggest names in theater have appeared on our stages: from ‘Golden Era’ stars like Helen Hayes and Tallulah Bankhead to contemporary artists like Sir Ian McKellen, Robin De Jesús and many more. OTC welcomed Artistic Director Jason Loewith and General Manager Debbie Ellinghaus in 2013 and 2014, respectively, who established a new artistic strategy to expand programming with the goal of fostering a diversity of voices and audiences. Olney Theater Center now produces musicals and plays under the three headings of Classical, Contemporary and Family Programming. Since 2013, the Olney Theater Center has twice won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Production, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play and has presented six world premieres. Complementing this work, OTC fulfills its teaching theater mission with educational programs like the Our Play program in local 5th grade classrooms, a summer camp, and a year-round professional learning program. National Players, now in its 72nd season, is OTC’s flagship outreach program, a unique ensemble that showcases innovative theater in communities large and small across the United States.

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