“Scorchingly ambitious,” (The Guardian) this genre-busting American premiere follows mothers and daughters over two centuries, from the dawn of the age of oil in 1889 to its “peak-oil” demise sometime in the not-to-distant future. In five separate but connected playlets, a single mother named May defies the odds to provide for her daughter by any means necessary. From Cornwall, to Tehran, London, Baghdad, and back, the mother-daughter power struggle evolves and shifts, even as the resources that fuel it (and the rest of the world) begin to dwindle. Bursting with theatricality, big ideas, and deeply personal emotions, Oil showcases the talent of one of Britain’s fastest rising playwrights.

Presented by Olney Theatre Center

Show Type
Running Time
155 minutes
(1 Intermission)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$40 - $84

Discount Tickets Available Discounts available for Seniors, Military, Children, and Groups.

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Box Office Phone: 301-924-3400

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 02/27/2019 - 03/31/2019
Sunday 01:45pm--
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday 07:45pm--
Thursday 07:45pm--
Friday 07:45pm--
Saturday 01:45pm07:45pm-
Important Dates

Extra Performances

  • 03/06/2019 - 1:45pm

Dark Days

  • 03/02/2019 - 1:45pm

Sold Out Performances

  • 03/02/2019 - 7:45pm


  • 03/21/2019 - 7:45pm


  • 03/13/2019 - 7:45pm
Performer Role
Chris Genebach Joss
Maboud Ebrahimzadeh William Whitcomb/Mr. Farouk
Catherine Eaton May
Megan Graves Amy
Eric M Messner Thomas
Christopher McLinden Samuel/Officer Samuel
Tuyet T Pham Fan Wang/Fanny
Sarah Corey Anne/Ana/Aminah
Sam Saint Ours Nate
Claire Schoonover Ma Singer
Production Personnel
Ella Hickson
Tracy Brigden
Costume Designers
Michael Krass
Robert Croghan
Set Designer
Luciana Stecconi
Sound Designer
Kenny Neal
Lighting Designer
Colin K. Bills
Projections/Media Designer
Daniel Brodie
Zachary Campion - Dialect Coach


Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD 20832
About the Venue:
Olney Theatre Center is a 80-year-old professional, award-winning, nonprofit Equity theater whose mission is to inspire and nurture artists, students, technicians, administrators, and its audience members through its diverse array of theatrical and musical productions year-round.


  • Free onsite parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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