Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love



Grace is 27, married to her high-school sweetheart, makes good money, and should be way happier than she is. But her husband lost his job and now all he does is play Xbox and smoke pot and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might be her best friends but maybe they only like her because she’s their new target demographic. Or maybe…they’re actually going to save her. A funny play about sad people.

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Show Information

Runtime: This performance will run approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.
Environmental Warning: This production uses Equity-approved herbal cigarettes.

Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love
is generously sponsored
by Judy and Stephen Hopkins,
with additional support
from Mark and Hope Foster.


The Artists


Production Team


Paige Hathaway

REGIONAL: Seussical, Porgy and Bess, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, South Pacific (all assistant), The MUNY; The Tempest (assistant), ART; End of the Rainbow and The Diary of Anne Frank (both as assistant), Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. DC AREA: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Folger Theatre; Godspell, Olney Theatre Center; Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (assistant), Arena Stage; Sex with Strangers (assistant), Signature Theatre; The Art of Murder, Montgomery College; Die Fledermaus, Maryland Opera Studio; In Time of Roses, The Matchmaker, University of Maryland. TEACHING: Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland. EDUCATION: MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland; BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma.

(As of May 2015)


Adrian Rooney

STUDIO 2NDSTAGE: Terminus, Edgar & Annabel, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (lighting design). STUDIO THEATRE: Torch Song Trilogy (projection design), The Motherfucker with the Hat (projection design), Sucker Punch (projection design). DC AREA: Truth the Musical, THEARC Theater (lighting design); Discovery on the High Seas: Austin Clark and the Expedition Albatross and Q?rius at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.  REGIONAL: Celebration of Flight, IBEX Puppetry at RISD; Miss Richfield: 1981 at Philadelphia’s Society Hill Playhouse; Last Rites at The South Camden Theatre Company.

(As of May 2015)


Kara Waala

DC AREA: Human Capacity, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre & Post Racial America, Spring Awakening, UMD; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Assistant Designer), Folger Theatre; The Laramie Project (Assistant Designer), Ford’s Theatre; The Convert (Assistant Designer), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; The 2013-15 Seasons (Design Assistant), Wolf Trap Opera. EDUCATION: MFA, University of Maryland.

(As of May 2015)


James Bigbee Garver

James Bigbee Garver returns to Studio Theatre after designing Cock, Lungs, Mary Kate Olsen Is In Love, Moth, Contractions, Skin Tight, and 2-2 Tango. In Washington, DC his work has been heard at Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theater J, CityDance Ensemble, Word Dance Theatre, and Georgetown University, among others. Some of Mr. Garver’s New York credits include Theatre Row, PS122, 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance, Joyce SoHo, Japan Society, World Financial Center, and Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. His installation and sound art work has been on view at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn, American, and Natural History Museums, Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and the Megapolis Audio Festival, among others. Mr. Garver is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers And Composers Association. He received his training at the University of Washington in Seattle. 

(As of December 2016)


Laura Schlachtmeyer

OFF BROADWAY: Isadora...No Apologies, Kirmser Ponturo Group. REGIONAL: Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, Chicago Wedding Company; Killing My Lobster Goes to the Polls, Killing My Lobster (San Francisco). DC AREA: Nero/ Pseudo, WSC Avant Bard; Isis and Vesco Investigate the Curious Death of Dr. Freud, Guillotine Theater at Capitol Fringe; 24 Hour play festivals at Rorschach Theater and LiveArtDC. FILM: Producer for Pandora Machine LLC, independent sci-fi features. AWARDS: 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Stage Manager. EDUCATION: AB, University of Chicago.

(As of May 2015)


Holly Twyford has done a masterful job.
Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love takes a brilliant look at what it means to be a woman in this world. A trippy and thought-provoking experience.
Maryland Theatre Guide
Ably directed by Holly Twyford and featuring sturdy performances, “Mary-Kate” offers some poignant glimpses of characters and relationships as well as frequent doses of wry incongruity.
The Washington Post

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