1/16/19 - 3/24/19


Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son Charlie’s Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family's reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness from the author of Bad Jews, the best-selling play in Studio Theatre history. 

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Runtime: This performance will run approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission.

Admissions is generously underwritten
by Albert G. Lauber and Craig Hoffman
and by Joan and David Maxwell.


The Artists


Production Team


Amith Chandrashaker

Amith Chandrashaker's recent credits include The Lucky Ones (Drama Desk nomination, Ars Nova), Blue Ridge (The Atlantic), Cardinal (Second Stage), Twelfth Night (The Public), Fairview (Soho Rep) Fire in Dreamland (The Public Theater), Her Requiem (LCT3), Time’s Journey… (PlayCo.), Stuffed (The Westside Theatre), FADE (Primary Stages), [PORTO] (The Bushwick Starr/The Women’s Project), Alligator (New Georges/ Sol Project), Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick), and Quiet, Comfort (Hoi Polloi). Opera credits include The Flying Dutchman (Houston Grand Opera), Falstaff (Opera Omaha), The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado), and Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera). Dance credits include premieres by Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, Liz Gerring, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris, Aalto Ballettt Theatre Essen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, The National Dance Company of Wales, and The Royal New Zealand Ballet.

(As of January 2019)


Caite Hevner

Caite Hevner is a New York-based scenic and projection designer. Broadway designs include In Transit. DC/Baltimore credits include How to Succeed… at The Kennedy Center, She the People at Woolly Mammoth, Smokey Joe’s Café at Arena Stage, The Book of Joseph at Everyman Theatre, Lookingglass Alice at Baltimore Center Stage, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife at Theater J, and Fetch Clay Make Man at Round House Theatre. Select Off Broadway credits include MCC, Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, Roundabout Theatre Company, and New York Theater Workshop Next Door. Regional credits include Guthrie, Seattle 5th Avenue, Alley, McCarter, Williamstown, Alliance, Alabama Shakespeare, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Pasadena Playhouse, and Long Wharf.

(As of January 2019)


Kathleen Geldard

Kathleen Geldard returns to Studio Theatre after designing Cry It Out, Curve of Departure, Animal, Choir Boy, Jumpers for Goalposts, Tribes, and Invisible Man. Other recent regional credits include Macbeth at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Misery and Shakespeare in Love at Cincinnati Playhouse; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; and Humana Festivals 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other regional credits include Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, Huntington Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Folger Theatre. She is an artistic associate for Signature Theatre.

(As of January 2019)


Roc Lee

Roc Lee is a DC-based composer and sound designer. Credits include The Price, The Year of Magical Thinking, and Mother Courage at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Charm, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies, and Ulysses On Bottles at Mosaic Theater Company; Annie, Thurgood, Fickle Fancy Farce, and Dial M for Murder at Olney Theatre Center; Love & Information at Forum Theatre; Our Town at Faction of Fools; Hello My Name Is... with the Welders at Rhizome DC; and Seneca El Raton de Biblioteca and In the Heights at GALA Hispanic Theater. Mr. Lee holds a Master of Music in Stage Music Composition from CUA.

(As of November 2017)


Allie Roy

Allie Roy returns to Studio after last stage managing If I Forget. Other Studio credits include Translations, Curve of Departure, Straight White Men, Murder BalladSilence! The Musical, and the world premiere of Animal for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Regional credits include West Side Story in concert with the NSO as well as Love, Factually at The Kennedy Center; the world premieres of Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing and Diner as well as The Scottsboro Boys, West Side Story, and Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre; the world premiere of After the War as well as When January Feels Like Summer and Ulysses on Bottles at Mosaic Theater Company; and The Originalist at Arena Stage. Upcoming regional projects include Grand Hotel at Signature Theatre and Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

(As of January 2019)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include Doubt, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Admissions, Kings, If I Forget, Vietgone, The Wolves, Skeleton Crew, The Father, Three Sisters, The Hard Problem, Hand to God, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, The Wolfe Twins, Belleville, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Real Thing, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Aliens, Bachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

(As of December 2019)


Michal V. Mendelson

New York credits include: Primary Stages, Theater Breaking Through Barriers, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Pomegranate Arts, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, The New School for Drama, New Georges, Red Fern Theatre Company, TerraNova Collective, New Dramatists, The Pearl Theater Company, Studio 42, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Dog Run Repertory Theatre Company, and Worth Street Theater Company. Regionally, she has worked with Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Passage Theatre, and Fairfield Theatre Company.  

(As of March 2019)


Pleasurably polished...
Washington Post
It [gives] the audience a chance to laugh—primarily at itself.
DC Theatre Scene
Smart dialogue, dynamic performances, and signature Studio Theatre flare...
Broadway World
A combination of sharp writing and thrilling execution...

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