Political Intrigue in Hit Play Farragut North at Olney Theatre Center
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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Featured review from JenniferRed Velvet
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This is a truly refined, sleek & sophisticated production; the cast is first-rate, direction, scene changes, set & sound design are all stunning. I wish Olney would commit themselves to more productions of this kind. Director Clay Hopper did a terrific job interpreting a this gritty, incisive play. A special nod, too, to young Danny Yoerges for his fearless portrayal of a man's swift fall from grace. I loved it!!
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This was my first Goldstar event.
Picking up tickets was easy although I would have loved better seats. It was a soldout performance.
Superb acting delivered the playright's intent powerfully. Actor in the role of Steve Bellamy was the best...continued
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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...continued
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 CenterLocated 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.