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Adventure Theatre MTC’s Reimagined ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by Jacqueline Lawton Opens

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ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC REIMAGINES THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
IN A WORLD PREMIERE BY JACQUELINE LAWTON

The cast of 'The WIzard of Oz.' Photo by Bruce Douglas.

The cast of ‘The WIzard of Oz.’ Photo by Bruce Douglas.

Adventure Theatre MTC takes us on a reimagined journey through Oz in a world premiere play by Jacqueline Lawton. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz runs from April 3- May 25, 2015, based on the classic American children’s book by L. Frank Baum starring Helen Hayes nominated Paige Hernandez as Dorothy.

Dorothy and Toto know so many adventures are happening everywhere other than Kansas! Until one day, a cyclone swoops in and takes them to the wonderful and magical Land of Oz. With her friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets off on the adventure of a lifetime down the yellow brick road to the glittering Emerald City to meet the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Jacqueline E. Lawton. Photo by Jason Hornick.

Jacqueline E. Lawton. Photo by Jason Hornick.

“The concept of rewriting a classic like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz seemed so daunting until I really looked at the character of Dorothy, who is just like I was at that age,” says playwright Jacqueline Lawton, award recipient of TCG’s Young Leaders of Color and named one of the top 30 national leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. “Raised on a farm with chores where nothing seemed to happen and dreaming of stories that eventually would become my career.”

“Every time I come back to ATMTC, I feel like we try to create magic, and Oz is at its core, magical,” says Director Roberta Gasbarre who directed both Helen Hayes Nominated productions of The Red Balloon and Goodnight Moon for Adventure Theatre MTC. “I cannot wait to take this journey with the audience, and they should be prepared for an amazing ride.”

Tickets to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are $19-19.50 each, with group and field trip rates available, and can be purchased through the box office by calling 301-634-2270 or online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Children under the age of one are free.

All performances will take place at Adventure Theatre MTC-7300 MacArthur Blvd., in Glen Echo, MD, 20812 in the historic Glen Echo Park.

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“THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ” FACT SHEET
April 3 – May 25, 2015
Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
Adapted by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Roberta Gasbarre
Starring Paige Hernandez

Recommended for All Ages

The cast of 'The WIzard of Oz.' Photo by Bruce Douglas.

The cast of ‘The WIzard of Oz.’ Photo by Bruce Douglas.

CAST (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

Dorothy…Paige Hernandez

Aunt Em, Good Witch of the North, Guardian of the Gates…Maggie Erwin

Uncle Henry, Wizard of Oz, Monkey King…Alex Vernon

Wicked Witch, Good Witch of the South…Sarah Olmsted-Thomas

Tin Woodman, Muchkins…Henian Boone

Cowardly Lion, Munchkins…Thony Mena

Scarecrow, Munchkins…Ryan Dalusung

Dorothy/Aunt Em (U/S)…Sophie Shulman

Wicked Witch, Glinda- Good Witch of the South (U/S)…Emily Zickler

Scarecrow (U/S), Lion (U/S)…Kevin Collins

Tin Man (U/S), Uncle Henry (U/S), Mking (U/S)…Pasquale Guiducci

PRODUCTION CREW

Director…Roberta Gasbarre

Asst. Director…Dan Mori

Playwright…Jacqueline Lawton

Dramaturg…Otis Ramsey-Zoe

Costume Designer…Tyler Gunthe

Set Designer…Lydia Francis

Projections Designer…Sarah Tundermann

Lighting Designer…Max M. Dolittle

Sound Designer…Kenny Neal

Props Designer…Andrea “Dre” Moore

Stage Manager…Madeleine Evans

Asst. Stage Manager…Brittany Truske

Master Electrician…Xena Petkansas

IMPORTANT DATES

Paige Hernandez (Dorothy). Photo by Bruce Douglass.

Paige Hernandez (Dorothy). Photo by Bruce Douglass.

Production Run DatesApril 3- May 25, 2015

Pajama Party April 3, 2015 at 7pm

Sensory/Autism Friendly Performance- May 16, 2015 at 2pm

American Sign Language Performance – April 18, 2015 at 2pm

Sundays

April 12, 18, 26…11am & 2pm

May 3, 10, 17, 24...11am & 2pm

Mondays

April 6….11am & 2pm

May 2511am & 2pm

Tuesdays

April 711am & 2pm

April 21, 28…10:30am

May 5, 12, 19…10:30am

Wednesdays

April 811am & 2pm

April 22, 29…10:30am

May 6, 13, 20…10:30am

Thursdays

April 911am & 2pm

April 23, 30…10:30am

Fridays

April 3…7pm

April 1011am & 2pm

April 2110:30am

May 1, 8, 15, 22…10:30am

Saturdays

April 411am & 2pm

April 11, 18, 25…11am, 2pm & 4:30pm

May 2, 9, 16, 23…11am, 2pm & 4:30pm

[This Press Release is by Amanda Russell].

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