Amy Shephard and Kate Kraay in Or, at Harlequin Productions

Harlequin Productions

Harlequin Productions is a professional not-for-profit theater company at the State Theater in downtown Olympia. Founded in 1991, its mission is to create stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures” and unconventional treatments of classics. Through a dynamic selection of surprising material, it explores the human adventure in search of theatrical magic that expands perspective and inspires human empathy.

Harlequin produces a year-round, seven-show season with over 130 performances. By the end of its 2015-2016 season, Harlequin had mounted 145 productions, including 35 Harlequin originals, over 20 Shakespeare plays, and 52 world, west-coast or northwest premieres. Its projects tend toward strong, language-driven works, both classical and modern, by such playwrights as Tom Stoppard, Israel Horovitz, Bruce Norris, Will Eno, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Moliére, and Rostand. In addition, it’s developed a unique reputation for its musical productions, most of which are original works.

2016-2017 Season

The Stardust Christmas Enchantment, Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
My Name Is Rachel Corrie, Jan. 19 – Feb. 11
The Understudy, March 2-25
Present Laughter, May 4-27
First Date, June 22 – July 23
August: Osage County, Aug. 24 – Sept. 16
Cymbeline, Oct. 5-28

What: Harlequin Productions

Where: State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia

How much: $20-$43.50

Get tickets: 360-786-0151 / harlequinproductions.org


Articles about Harlequin Productions

Shakespeare’s Surreal Fantasy

by Rosemary Ponnekanti for OLY ARTS Cymbeline is a romantic Shakespeare play with a...

David Wright, photo by James Fulkerson

David Wright, 1946-2017

Thespian David Wright was born near Christmas in 1946. He died this week in Olympia at...

REVIEW: August: Osage County at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August:...

Ellen McLain

Broadway Actress Ellen McLain Stars in August: Osage County

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS There’s an internationally known star in the cast of...

Dennis Rolly, photo by Scot Whitney

Dennis Rolly: Larger Than Life

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS When not appearing on area stages, Dennis Rolly can be found...

Will Lippman, Bruce Haasl, Christie Oldright and Carolyn Willems Van Dijk in First Date. Photo courtesy Harlequin Productions

REVIEW: First Date at Harlequin Productions

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Harlequin Productions’ First Date is a...

Christie Murphy-Oldright and Bruce Haasl in First Date

First Date at Harlequin Productions

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS This summer, Harlequin Productions is hoping audiences will...

Jason Haws in The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

Jason Haws: Seeker of Truth

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS Jason Haws is a shapeshifter. Whether onstage or in front of...

Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Harlequin Productions

Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe: Born for the Stage

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS With her jazzy voice, inflamed red hair and that mischievous...

REVIEW: Harlequin’s Present Laughter

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Nöel Coward’s 1940s-period romance...

Aaron Lamb

Present Laughter at Harlequin Productions

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Prepare to laugh when Harlequin Productions stages the Noel...

Scot and Linda Whitney

Harlequin Announces Its 2018 Season

Linda and Scot Whitney, respectively the artistic director and managing artistic director...

Scot and Linda Whitney

Linda and Scot Whitney, Artists of Real. Live. Theater

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Running a theater company requires a large package of...

Jason Haws and David S. Hogan in The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

REVIEW: The Understudy

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS It’s a shame that more than half the...

Jason Haws and David S. Hogan in The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

The Understudy at Harlequin Productions

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS The world of theater production is as diverse as its...

Kira Batcheller in My Name Is Rachel Corrie

REVIEW: My Name Is Rachel Corrie

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS At long last Rachel Corrie has come home to...

Rachel Corrie

At Long Last, Her Name Is Rachel Corrie

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Even now, 13 years after her death at age 23, few...

The Stardust Christmas Enchantment

Stardust Christmas Enchantment

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Forget the boughs of holly. Harlequin Productions greets...

Proteus (Adam St. John) and Valentine (Jeffrey Painter)

REVIEW: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Quoting director Scot Whitney’s notes in...

Jeffrey Painter, Jessica Weaver, Adam St. John and Kira Batcheller of Two Gents

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Two decades after he last directed The Two Gentlemen of...

Katherine Strohmaier

The Last Five Years: From Beginning to End to Beginning

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS The Last Five Years, opening Aug. 18 at Harlequin...

Little Shop of Horrors at Harlequin Productions

Faust in a Florist Shop

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Audrey II, the people-eating plant protagonist of Harlequin...

Amy Shephard and Kate Kraay in Or, at Harlequin Productions

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