Olney Theatre Center, National Players

Olney, MD
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Celebrating its 67th season, National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. Founded in 1949, National Players stimulates youthful imagination and critical thinking by presenting classic plays in contemporary and accessible ways.
National Players is the hallmark outreach program of Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland. A model for artistic collaboration and national education outreach, National Players embodies the Olney Theatre Center educational pedagogy: to unleash the creative potential in our audiences and artists, and to stimulate individual empowerment. National Players exemplifies these goals by presenting self-sustained productions of Shakespeare and other classics to learners of all ages and in all environments. Through performances and integrated educational programs, National Players empowers these learners to build stronger communities through artistic collaboration.
National Players has performed in 41 states; in the White House; and for American military in Europe, Asia, and the Arctic Circle. Committed to artistic excellence and community engagement, National Players has brought literature to life for more than 2.9 million people.

National Players will present a touring production of Julius Caesar directed by Colin Hovde and A Midsummer Night's Dream co-directed by Artistic Director of National Players Jason King Jones and Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Jason Loewith. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, talkbacks, and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 65 schools from Mid-Atlantic Region.