Round House Theatre
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Round House began life in 1970 as “Street ’70,” a program of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation that provided educational outreach in the schools and performances throughout the county. In 1977, Montgomery County offered Street ’70 a permanent home in what used to be the Bushey Drive Elementary School in Silver Spring. The building was round, so the company changed its name to Round House Theatre. In 1982, Round House incorporated as a nonprofit. The company remained a part of the County’s Department of Recreation until 1993, when it became a separate and independent professional theater.
Round House is one of the leading professional theaters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, producing a six-show season of modern classics, new plays and musicals for more than 40,000 patrons each year at our 400-seat theater in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for 163 Helen Hayes Awards (including six in 2015) and has won 34 (including three in 2014). Its productions have won “Outstanding Resident Play” four times. Round House has also been honored for three consecutive years with the 50/50 Applause Award from the International Center for Women Playwrights.
Round House’s educational programs serve more than 2,500 students of all ages at its six-classroom Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Its many innovative education programs encompass Full Day Programs for Youth, including Summer Programs for K – 12; a Teen Performance Company, with classes and events for teens throughout the year culminating in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play, the only play produced by a regional theater that is directed, acted and designed by high school students; School Outreach, including Student Matinees; Play It Forward, a program that allows Montgomery County teenagers to attend Round House shows for free; and Classes for Adults and Youth.
Round House is a member of LORT (League of Resident Theatres) and LOWT (League of Washington Theatres). The theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with major support from Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council (an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts), and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
Current & Upcoming Productions
2017-2018 Season (current season)
- In The Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Co-Production with Olney Theatre Center
- I'll Get You Back Again by Sarah Gancher
- The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson
- Handbagged by Moira Buffini, part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
- "Master Harold" ...and the Boys by Athol Fugard
- The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez
- Angels in America Part I: Millenium Approaches by Tony Kushner, Co-Production with Olney Theatre Center
- Angels in America Part II: Perestroika by Tony Kushner, Co-Production with Olney Theatre Center
- Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
- Caroline, or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori
- Or, by Liz Duffy Adams
- How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson, co-conceived by Todd Kreidler
- Ironbound by Martyna Majok, part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival
- The Night Alive by Conor McPherson
- Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl
- Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
- The Who & The What by Ayad Akhtar
- Fool for Love by Sam Shepard
- Fetch Clay, Make Man by Will Power
- The Nutcracker by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell
- Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo
- Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, new version by Annie Baker
- NSFW by Lucy Kirkwood
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- "Round House Theatre Education". Round House Theatre. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017.