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Encyclopedia > Franklin W. Olin Players

The Franklin W. Olin Players (FWOP, rhyming with "swap") are a student theatre group at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. FWOP was originally founded by Nicholas Zola, who was President of the club from its inception until the end of the 2003-2004 school year. The current President of FWOP is Jonathan Cass. The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (abbreviated as Olin College) is a private undergraduate engineering college located in Needham, Massachusetts (near Boston), adjacent to the Babson College campus. ... Seal of Needham, MA Needham is a town located in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. ... Official language(s) English Capital Largest city Boston Boston Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 44th 10,555 sq mi  27,360 km² 183 miles  295 km 113 miles  182 km 13. ...

FWOP performs multiple plays in a given academic year, and has also performed radio dramas with plainly visible actors and sound effects performers armed with random props. They participate in occasional side-projects such as improvizational theatre and acting workshops from visiting professionals in the theatre industry. Members have also participated in a student-written play entitled "The History and Mystery of Mars". Radio drama (audio drama), which had its greatest popularity in the United States and in most other countries before the spread of television, depends on dialogue, music and sound effects to help the listener imagine the story in her or his minds eye. In the television era, some audio... Improvisational Theatre (also known as improv or impro) is a form of theatre in which the actors perform spontaneously, without a script. ...

In 2005, the Princeton Review named Olin College as having the 17th-best college theatre program in the nation. [1] The Princeton Review (TPR) is a for-profit U.S. company that offers private instruction and tutoring for standardized achievement tests, in particular those offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in...


Production History

The Thing About Men (2006)

The Thing About Men, a musical comedy by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts, was directed by Jonathan Cass. It was performed in Babson College's Sorenson Center on April 21st and 22nd, 2006. Jimmy Roberts (born in 1956 or 1957) is a sportscaster for NBC. Roberts joined NBC in May 2000 after serving as a sports reporter for almost 12 years at ESPN, where he won 11 Sports Emmy Awards. ... Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a private business school which grants undergraduate BS degree. ...

And Then There Were None (2005)

And Then There Were None is a radio play inspired by Agatha Christie's mystery Ten Little Indians. It was directed by Nicholas Zola and performed in Olin College's auditorium for Family Weekend on October 21st and 22nd, 2006. The 1945 film version, showing (left to right) Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez and Walter Huston Ten Little Niggers (also known as Ten Little Indians and And Then There Were None) is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in England in 1939. ... Olin College is a selective, private college for undergraduate engineering students. ...

Arsenic and Old Lace (2005)

This comedy by Joseph Kesselring was directed by Michael Curtis. It was performed in Babson College's Sorenson Center at Olin College's Candidates' Weekends, February 25 and 26, and March 4 and 5 in 2005. Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring written in 1939. ... Joseph Otto Kesselring (21 July 1902-5 November 1967) American writer and playwright known best for his play Arsenic and Old Lace. ... Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a private business school which grants undergraduate BS degree. ...

All in the Timing (2004)

FWOP selected seven of David Ives' one-act plays from the collection All in the Timing. It has four different directors. Lee Edwards directed The Philadelphia and Sure Thing. Michael Curtis directed Variations on the Death of Trotsky and Universal Language. Sara Marshall directed English Made Simple. Keoni Mahelona directed Mere Mortals. Sara Marshall and Keoni Mahelona co-directed Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread. The seven one-act plays were performed in the Olin Auditorium on Parents' Weekend (October 21-23, 2004). David Ives (b. ... Sure Thing is a short play by David Ives that was first presented at the Manhattan Punch Line Theatre in New York City in February 1988. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread is a short play by David Ives, imitating composer Philip Glasss minimalist style; that is to say that comparatively few words and ideas are repeated many times throughout the work. ...

Tiger at the Gates (2004)

FWOP performed an English translation of Jean Giradeaux's war drama, based in the ancient city of Troy during the Trojan War. It was directed by Nicholas Zola and performed in Babson College's Sorenson Center. Walls of the excavated city of Troy Troy (Ancient Greek Τροία Troia, also Ίλιον; Latin: Troia, Ilium) is a legendary city, scene of the Trojan War, described in the Trojan War cycle, especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. ... The Trojan War was a war waged, according to legend, against the city of Troy in Asia Minor by the armies of the Achaeans, following the kidnapping (or elopement) of Helen of Sparta by Paris of Troy. ... Babson College, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is a private business school which grants undergraduate BS degree. ...

Lost in Yonkers (2003)

This radio drama by Neil Simon was performed in the Olin Auditorium on November 15-17, 2003 and was directed by Kate Cummings. Lost in Yonkers is a play by Neil Simon. ... Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish-American playwright and screenwriter. ...

The Foreigner (2003)

FWOP's first live-action play was performed in the Sorenson Center on February 27 and March 1, 2003. The comedy by Larry Shue was directed by Lauren Cagle. Larry Shue (23 July 1946 - 23 September 1985) was an American playwright and actor, best known for writing two often-performed farces, The Nerd and The Foreigner. ...

Albert's Bridge (2002)

FWOP first production was a radio drama by Tom Stoppard performed in the Olin Auditorium. Actors sat in chairs in front of microphones and performed dramatic readings of the script in radio drama style. It was directed by Nicholas Zola.



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