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"How I Learned What I Learned" by August Wilson, at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., through July 2. Pictured: Eugene Lee. (Photo by Grace Toulotte)

Round House Theatre Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will include works by Bess Wohl, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, J.T. Rogers, and Lucas Hnath.

BETHESDA, MD.: Round House Theatre has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring five productions.

“This season represents everything that we strive for at Round House: a mixture of thrilling contemporary plays with resonant modern classics, taking you from comedy to tragedy to thriller and back again,” said artistic director Ryan Rilette in a statement. “It combines three of New York’s most celebrated new plays with two of the best works in the modern canon. I love this season and can’t wait to share it with Round House audiences!”

The season will open with Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Aug. 29-Sept. 23), about a group of six restless people who gather together for a weeklong silent retreat in the woods. Rilette will direct.

Next up will be Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive (Oct. 10-Nov. 4), about one woman’s journey to breaking the cycle and silence of sexual abuse. Amber Paige McGinnis will direct.

Following will be August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (Nov. 28-Dec. 23), about the turmoil in Pittsburgh’s Hill District after a tragedy at the local mill. Timothy Douglas  will direct.

The season will continue with Oslo (April 24-May 19, 2019), by J.T. Rogers, which follows the high-stakes efforts of two Norwegian academics to make peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Rilette will direct.

The season will close out with A Doll’s House, Part 2 (June 5-30, 2019), by Lucas Hnath, a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama which picks up 15 years later with Nora Helmer’s return. Nicole A. Watson will direct.

Round House Theatre, founded in 1978, presents modern classics and musicals at its 400-seat theatre.

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