Olean Theatre Workshop

2016-17  A Season Of Classics



Two Gentlemen of Verona ---August 11, 12, 13 Oak Hill Park 6:00 PM ---Free---

 A romantic, comedy, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA follows two young couples—Proteus and Julia, Valentine and Sylvia—as they navigate falling in love and growing up. Placed in the 1920s which is a perfect setting for a witty look at the competitive friends, glamorous women, intimidating movie moguls, smart-aleck servants Speed , and Launce who provide the non-stop comic relief and of course a dog who just wants to be fed.


…All the following performances are at The Washington Street Theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30PM

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson October 13, 14, 15 & 16 Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, and almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water".


The Spoon River Project based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, December 8, 9, 10 and 11 Adapted by Tom Andolora A beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives. They paint a gritty and honest portrait of the town as all of their pasts are illuminated.


Odd Couple ----Feb 9, 10, 11 and 12

Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat freak news writer (a photographer in the television series), is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a slovenly sportswriter. Despite Oscar's problems – careless spending, excessive gambling, a poorly kept house filled with spoiled food – he seems to enjoy life. Felix, however, seems utterly incapable of enjoying anything and only finds purpose in pointing out his own and other people's mistakes and foibles. Even when he tries to do so in a gentle and constructive way, his corrections and suggestions prove extremely annoying to those around him. Oscar, his closest friend, feels compelled to throw him out after only a brief time together, though he quickly realizes that Felix has had a positive effect on him.


Death of a Salesman June 15, 16, 17 and 18

Willy Loman was once the best traveling salesman in his territory; but time is catching up with him, and old age is slowing him down. Linda, his wife, hopes he can stay put for a while and work in New York; after all, she thinks his years of service to the company have earned him that right. Willy knows that the key to success is to be well-liked, and he struggles to understand why his adult sons, Biff and Happy, have failed to learn that lesson. As Willy tries to instill in his sons the values he has lived by, he clings tenaciously to his version of the American Dream—even as he watches it quickly slip away.