Olney Theatre Center’s new artistic director is ready, in his words, “to raise some eyebrows.”
Martin Platt, who began his new role at Olney on May 28, thinks next season’s roster of plays will turn heads — which is exactly what he wants.
Platt, 63, former co-director of the New York-based producing company Perry Street Theatricals, hopes for Olney “to have a stronger profile in the D.C./Baltimore theater world,” he said. “I think it’s slipped a bit. Programming has gotten very conservative. I think part of my initiative is to really return Olney to being a real player in that area . . . both with the kinds of plays we like to do [and] the artists we bring down there.”
Olney’s previous artistic director, Jim Petosa, voiced similar desires when he stepped down from his post, citing how the theater’s financial limitations produced less-than-aggressive artistic programming.
Platt says it will be clear that Olney is headed in the right direction when it announces its upcoming 75th anniversary season Saturday.