Josh Harmon's ADMISSIONS Extended At DC's Studio Theatre
Washington audiences love Joshua Harmon. The DC premiere of the playwright's no-holds-barred comedy, Admissions, has been extended by Studio Theatre a fourth and final time-now closing March 24, 2019. The extension adds six additional performances to Admissions, which has been extended a total of five weeks. Mike Donahue directs this "little hothouse of a play" (Washington Post) that skewers white privilege, entitlement, and the vanity of liberal values that aren't backed by real action.
Harmon's work was last at Studio when it produced Bad Jews, a runaway hit that broke box office records and remains the best-selling production in the theatre's history. The breakout play was in such demand that it was presented in two consecutive seasons-it was extended for 10 weeks in the 2014-2015 Season and for four weeks during its second run in the 2015-2016 Season.
Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last 15 years, they've worked tirelessly to diversify the school's mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son's Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, his reaction blasts open a deep rift between the family's public values and private actions. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness from the author of Bad Jews, the best-selling play in Studio Theatre history. Admissions received an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off Broadway Play, and the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
Joshua Harmon's plays include Bad Jews (Roundabout Theatre Company); Significant Other (Roundabout Theatre Company, Broadway/Booth Theatre); Admissions (Lincoln Center Theater); Ivanka (staged readings across the country on Election Eve, 2016); and Skintight (Roundabout Theatre Company). Bad Jews is one of the most produced plays in the United States of the last few years and has received international productions in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, South Africa, and London's West End, following sold-out runs at Theatre Royal Bath and the St. James. Fellowships include the MacDowell Colony, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and NNPN. Joshua is an Associate Artist at Roundabout Theatre Company and under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Mike Donahue's recent productions include the world premieres of Rachel Bonds' Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep and Studio Theatre), The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre), and Swimmers (Marin Theatre Company); Matthew Lopez's The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC and Denver Center Theatre Company) and Zoey's Perfect Wedding (Denver Center Theatre Company); Lauren Feldman's Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center Theatre Company); Jen Silverman's Collective Rage (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and MCC), The Roommate (Actors Theatre of Louisville and Williamstown Theatre Festival), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb), and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project). Other directing work includes Annie Baker's adaptation of Uncle Vanya with Campbell Scott (Weston Playhouse); Ethan Lipton's Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm); Shostakovich's Moscow, Cheryomushki with new libretto by Meg Miroshnik (Chicago Opera Theatre); Assassins, Henry IV & V (co-director) and A Number (Playmakers Rep, 2011/12 Distinguished Guest Artist). Donahue is a recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Drama League Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, and the Inaugural Opera America Director-Designer Showcase Award. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and was the Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons. Donahue is a graduate of Harvard University (Louis Sudler Prize for Artistic Excellence) and the Yale School of Drama (MFA).