Naomi Jacobson, Rick Foucheux & Serge Seiden to Lead AWAKE AND SING! at Olney Theatre Center this Fall

Olney Theatre Center, a Maryland destination for professional theater performance and education, continues its critically-acclaimed 76thAnniversary season with a starry cast of DC-area veteran award-winners in Clifford Odets' classic family drama AWAKE AND SING! September 24 - October 19, 2014 on the Mainstage. Directed by Studio Theatre Producing Director (and 2013 Helen Hayes Award Winner) Serge Seiden, the cast features2014 Helen Hayes Award Winner Rick Foucheux, 2011 Helen Hayes Award Winner Naomi Jacobson, Rick Foucheux, Olney veteran Paul Morella, and Olney newcomers Laura C. Harris and Alex Mandell.

"One of the seminal American plays of the 20th Century, AWAKE AND SING! brings together a powerhouse group of DC actors on one stage," said Jason Loewith, Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center. "I can't wait to watch Naomi Jacobson and Rick Foucheux battle it out for the soul of the Berger family in what is one of the most powerful, emotionally-explosive family dramas ever written."

Director Serge Seiden won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Director Resident Musical, among others, and has received many additional nominations. He has also directed at Theatre J, MetroStage, Adventure Theatre-MTC, and Studio Theatre.

The AWAKE AND SING! cast is led by two time Helen Hayes award-winner and Olney Theatre Center veteran Naomi Jacobson as the Berger family's overbearing matriarch Bessie. Ms. Jacobson has been seen at Olney Theatre Center in Stuff Happens, Look and We Have Come Through. Ms. Jacobson has been in multiple shows at Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Signature Theatre, among others.

Rick Foucheux joins the cast as Jacob. Mr. Roucheux recently won the Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role in the critically acclaimed Glengarry Glenn Ross at Roundhouse Theatre. He was last seen at Olney Theatre Center as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.

The cast also includes Olney Theatre favorite Paul Morella, who was recently seen at Olney Theatre Center in The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, andRancho Mirage. Mr. Morella has been seen at Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Arena Stage, and Signature Theatre. He is joined byRichard Pelzman, who was last seen at Olney Theatre in Omnium Gatherum, and has also been seen at Ford's Theatre. We welcome Olney Theatre newcomers Laura C. Harris, who has been seen recently at Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre and Studio Theatre, Chris Genebach, last seen at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Folger Theatre, Joshua Morgan, who has been seen at Woolly Mammoth, Signature Theatre, Arena Stage and is the Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Co., and Alex Mandell, last seen at 1st Stage and The Kennedy Center.

Director Serge Seiden is joined by an award-winning design team that includes Scenic Designer Jack Magaw, Lighting Designer Daniel Maclean Wagner, Sound Designer Max Krembs, and Costume Designer Caitlin Rain.

AWAKE AND SING! is made possible in part by contributions from production sponsor Helen Marshall.

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