Political Intrigue in Hit Play Farragut North at Olney Theatre Center
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Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance.This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. Learn More
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Featured review from Francine J.
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The acting was very good, but the play itself needs more work. Since the script includes minimal exposition and the program notes are not helpful, I wasted time and diverted attention all evening to trying to figure out exactly who the characters were and how they were related.
Quotes & Highlights
- Read an interview with playwright Beau Willimon.
Twenty-something wunderkind press secretary Stephen Bellamy has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a close primary race for the presidency, however, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran operatives, and the wiles of a seductive young intern.
Playwright Beau Willimon drew on his experience as a volunteer for Charles Schumer’s first campaign in the Senate in 1998, and as a press aide for Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign. He also worked on campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Bill Bradley. However, he is reticent to classify Farragut North as a purely political drama.
In an interview with The Boston Globe, he explained: “The themes of the play can translate to any number of worlds. It could be Wall Street; it could be Hollywood; it could be a hospital or Home Depot.”
Olney Theatre Center’s Associate Artistic Director Clay Hopper helms this production. He most recently directed Triumph of Love on the Mainstage last season. Hopper has been directing for National Players and Summer Shakespeare Festival since 2003, including The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hopper explains his vision for Farragut North: “We’re getting down to the essential elements of the story, without getting caught up in the details of the political milieu. The danger of doing this play, as I see it, is to turn it into a documentary about contemporary politics, when it’s actually about something deeper than that. Having said that, those who are interested in what goes on during a primary campaign will find this to be a fascinating insider portrait of that world.”
About the Ticket Supplier: Olney Theatre Center
Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities.
An award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.
In addition to its mainstage season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, OTC offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America's longest running classical touring company (since 1949), which performs for high school and college audiences in over 25 states; Potomac Theatre Project, which offers experimental and alternative plays that explore provocative and challenging human situations, ideas and visions; special school performances of mainstage shows; a free Summer Shakespeare Festival; and post-show discussions.