Wednesday, January 13, 2016


WHEN: February 10 - March 6
Olney Theatre Center’s Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney

Directed and co-written by Tony® Award-nominee Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, Gross Indecency, The Laramie Project Cycle), with heralded Cuban-American playwright Eduardo Machado, and music adapted from Bizet’s opera by two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill, this Carmen brings the action of one of the most sensual stories of all time to Cuba on the verge of revolution in 1958.

The star-studded creative team, along with Kaufman at the helm as director and Broadway’s Sergio Trujillo as choreographer (Jersey Boys, Memphis, On Your Feet), turns Bizet’s passion-fueled opera into a sexy, swinging Afro-Cuban Jazz musical. Kaufman’s Carmen is a gun-runner for the rebels, who falls fiercely in love with José, a Batista loyalist. When Cuba’s boxing legend Camilo returns to Havana, Carmen and José’s love falls tragically apart.


Meet the Cast of CARMEN!

We are excited to welcome the cast of CARMEN: AN AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MUSICAL to the Olney Theatre Center campus!

Broadway's Christina Sajous (American Idiot, Baby It's You!, Spider-Man Turn off the Dark) has been cast as our Carmen. She is joined by two Broadway leading men Caesar Samayoa as Cuban Boxer Camilo (Sister Act, The Pee-Wee Herman Show) and Brandon Andrus (Side Show) as Batista loyalist José.

Completing the power ensemble are George Akram, Sumayya Ali, Michelle Alves, Skizzo Arnedillo, Moses Bernal, Ronald Bruce, Tiffany Byrd, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Karla Choko, Nick Duckart, Nurney, Alejandra Matos, Calvin McCullough, Jose Ozuna, and Kara-Tameika Watkins.