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

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

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