John Vreeke
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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Seattle Public Theatre

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Round House Theatre

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Forum Theatre

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--Salt Lake Acting Company



---Charter Theatre

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Source Theatre

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Stone Soup Theatre
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CenterStage!





Burien Little Theatre















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Had To Be Productions
Had to Be Productions
A touring company of original productions developed through interviews by Carrie Gibson, Tony Currie and director John Vreeke. 
Carrie Gibson and Tony Curry





































Miracle on 34th Street



The Canterville Ghost



The Little Princess


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Recently Directed in Washington DC
Forum Theatre
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC
 "Splendid production of ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’; Vreeke’s gang got this mixed tone exactly right six years ago, and once again their aim is true."  
- Washington Post

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC"Vreeke’s fine-tuned direction filled the script with skilled continuity, active staging, and heightened, entertaining performances by an eclectic, fifteen member ensemble making the journey rewarding." - DC Metro Theater Arts

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC"Director John Vreeke wrings can’t-look-away performances and captivating emotion" 
- DC Theater Scene

"Prepare for anything but the ordinary" - MD TheatreGuide

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke - Forum Theatre, Washington DC"Under John Vreeke's capable direction this ensemble shines with some wonderful performances."
- BroadwayWorld DC




Recently in Washington DC
MetroStage
The Thousandth Night and Underneath The Lintel - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
**  Two Shows Played in Rep  **
directed by john vreeke
The Thousandth Night - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
Guy de Bonheur, an actor arrested in
Paris for presenting subversive material, attempts to avoid his fate by playing 38 characters from "The Arabian Nights",
from Ali Baba to Shaherazad. 
A remarkable blend of comedy and
pathos set in occupied France in 1943.


MetroStage’s The Thousandth Night is an evocative, emotional, and thought- provoking piece of theater at its finest.

- DC Metro Theater Arts


Under the sure-handed direction of John Vreeke, Kyd holds the stage with a vividly human portrayal - Talking Broadway

John Vreeke laced all of these pieces together to be a seamless work of both sorrow and rebellion - BroadwayWorld DC

The unrushed, assured direction by multiple Helen Hayes nominee John Vreeke is understated; that is a virtuous choice.  - Show Biz Radio

Underneath The Lintel - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
A Dutch Librarian, a returned library book that is 113 years overdue, and the obsession to find its owner. A clue scribbled in the margin, an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket, tickets to the Peking Opera, a love letter written in Yiddish, and why does that french opera, Les Miserables, keep appearing?
 

In the hands of MetroStage, John Vreeke, and Paul Morella, Underneath the Lintel is indescribable.
- DC Metro Theater Arts

Underneath The Lintel goes on historical goose chase with mythical connections
 
- The Washington Post

The engaging script by Glen Berger and whimsical direction by John Vreeke move us along bit by bit until we are also intrigued by the journey of this obsessesing librarian.
 
- DC Theatre Scene

Director John Vreeke lets Morella do his job while balancing the comedic and dramatic moments of the story perfectly
 
- MD Theatre Scene


Recently in Washington DC
Round House Theatre

The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC-Bethesda, Maryland
Nicky Silver brings another of his deliciously dysfunctional families to the stage in this scathingly funny Broadway smash that earned Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations.  Directed by John Vreeke at Round House Theatre, 11/27-12/22/13.
The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke - Round House Theatre, Washington DC-Bethesda, Maryland
Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room.


The local premiere of “The Lyons” presents itself as a pleasing welcome back to Silver - The Washington Post

A dark family comedy about a New York City clan with nothing but bitterness and damage to bind them, it’s getting a taut staging...courtesy of the sure-handed director John Vreeke - Washington City Paper

It’s a testament to Silver’s writing and John Vreeke’s direction that the audience longs for a little warmth... - Washingtonian

From the opening scene—to the last scene...director John Vreeke keeps the edgy, caustic –yet humorous– tone afloat - DC Metro Theater Arts

Skilled director John Vreeke has assembled an exceedingly agile group of actors - Washington Blade

Director John Vreeke is an expert on Silver's work - Broadway World


Washington DC - 2013
Woolly Mammoth Theatre

DETROIT - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre - Washington DC
 Lisa D’Amour’s DETROIT
is an explosive dark comedy
that brilliantly captures our economic moment.

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DETROIT - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington DC
directed by
john vreeke

Sept 9-Oct 6, 2013

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of The New York Times
top 10 plays of 2012


Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect.


"The play, bracingly directed by John Vreeke, is brash and noisy. . .
Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s scintillating regional premiere of “Detroit.”
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The Washington Post

"Vreeke...once again proves he is prose’s best friend as he draws the humor and insights out of every line" DC Theatre Scene

"John Vreeke directs a fantastic production of Lisa D’Amour’s recession-themed morality play." Washingtonian

"Director John Vreeke works in a simplistic yet beautiful fashion to let D’Amour’s work speak for itself." -
Maryland Theatre Guide

"Vreeke's effervescent yet controlled production captures both the high energy and poetic ruminations of the playwright."
- Drama Urge






Washington DC - 2013
Theatre J

Race - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC
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RACE
by David Mamet directed by John Vreeke
February 7 – March 17, 2013
at Theatre J, Washington DC

The latest work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Buffalo ruthlessly examines guilt, betrayal, and racial posturing. Two lawyers are called to defend a wealthy, white client charged with the rape of a black woman, but soon find themselves embroiled in a case where
prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence.

RACE - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC"Under Director John Vreeke’s incisive direction, Mamet’s scorching intelligence litters the stage with insights, confessions, and truths" 
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Maryland Theatre Guide

RACE - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC
"Vreeke applies an appropriately slick veneer, reinforced in Misha Kachman’s shiny office set"
 
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The Washington Post

RACE - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC"Under Vreeke’s smartly torqued-up direction...the actors leap into cushy chairs, storm in and out of doors and wave documents around frantically..." 
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DC Theatre Scene

RACE - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC
"The astute direction of John Vreeke keeps the pace and un- folding structure of Race moving while maintaining a heightened sense of tension throughout"
 
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DC Metro Theatre Arts



Washington DC - 2012
Woolly Mammoth Theatre


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
NOMINATED FOR NINE
HELEN HAYES AWARDS

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

by Kristoffer Diaz

Directed by John Vreeke


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
Woolly Mammoth's production garners NINE Helen Hayes Awards nominations...
Outstanding Play, Director, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor, Ensemble, Set Design,
Lighting Design, Sound Design & Choreography.

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening about the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Extended Run: September 3rd thru October 7th.


The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC"Diaz’s spirited sports satire — receives a thoroughly rousing staging by director John Vreeke, an incredibly well-cast five-guy ensemble and a design team that transforms Woolly Mammoth Theatre into an infectiously boisterous venue on the professional circuit - an adrenaline rush" -Washington Post

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC“Surprisingly philosophical.”...“Technically astonishing!” ..."It’s tough to imagine something better than the hyperkintetic spectacle John Vreeke has directed for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company" -The City Paper

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Directed by John Vreeke - Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC"Equal parts entertainment, politics, and economics this hand-to-hand struggle amounts almost to folie à deux"..."Director John Vreeke's arch staging gives the play all its comedic brio while his meticulous attention to detail maintains the verisimilitude of a live event"
-Drama Urge




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Coming Up
in
2014
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NOW  IN REHEARSALS:

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC

THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM
WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES


November 13 - December 21, 2014
 
by Tony Kushner
directed by John Vreeke

Featuring:
Tom Story, Susan Rome,
Michael Anthony Williams
and Tim Getman


When retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist Gus summons his three adult children to their Brooklyn home to explain why he’s selling the family brownstone and ending his life, things don’t go exactly as planned. The children bring their own dramas; Pill and his husband are stumbling as an old flame resurfaces; Empty and her wife are squabbling as they await the birth of their child; and Vic is confronting long-buried truths. A deeply emotional battle over what makes life worth living from Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner in a newly updated epic making its DC premiere.


THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM
WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES


November 13 - December 21, 2014

The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures - Directed by John Vreeke - Theatre J, Washington DC




UPCOMING
SHOWS

in
2015:


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

CHEROKEE
By Lisa D’Amour
Directed by John Vreeke

February 9–March 8, 2015


Two couples from Houston go camping in Cherokee, North Carolina to get away from it all. But their lives are upended when Mike mysteriously disappears and is seemingly replaced by Josh, a young American Indian from the area.

HOWARD SAYS:
By yanking a diverse group of middle class characters out of their urban comfort zone and pushing their emotions to the limit, Lisa D’Amour is asking the big questions about America’s lifestyle and values today. Do the underlying premises of American capitalism doom us to unhappiness and our civilization to collapse? And is there any way for us, as individuals, to escape it?  I’m delighted to re-unite playwright Lisa D’Amour and director John Vreeke following their brilliant collaboration on Detroit.  If that earlier play was a diagnosis of the American problem, then Cherokee may be considered an exploration of a possible solution.  But none of the answers come easily in this mysterious work, where nature has the upper hand and even our identity as human individuals is questioned.

CHEROKEE
directed by John Vreeke

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

February 9–March 8, 2015

Woolly Mammoth Theatre





Round House Theatre
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UNCLE

VANYA

By Anton Chekhov
new version by Annie Baker
Directed by John Vreeke

April 8 – May 3, 2015
Round House Theatre

This new version of Chekhov’s classic by Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens) is a revelation, bringing modern language to this timeless story of relationships and yearning. Written to create “a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions,” Baker’s award-winning Uncle Vanya reintroduces audiences to Chekhov’s enduring wit, insight, and emotional depth. It was hailed as one of the top 10 shows of 2012 by both The New York Times and New York Magazine. John Vreeke (The Lyons) directs a production that re-envisions our performance space and features Mitchell Hébert as Vanya and Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette as Astrov.

UNCLE VANYA

Round House Theatre

April 8 – May 3, 2015
Round House Theatre



Interview:

Tale of Two Washingtons
Tale of Two Washingtons - Interview with John Vreeke




RECENTLY
in
Portland:

Third Rail Repertory Theatre - Portland

NORTHWEST PREMIERE

May 31st – June 23rd, 2013


A Bright New Boise - Directed by John Vreeke - Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Oregon

What are the odds of God’s final act taking place in the parking lot of a big-box store? Better than you might think. This shocking and hilarious examination of rural America’s love-hate relationship with religion will rock your preconceived notions as surely as it will break your heart.

A Bright New Boise - Directed by John Vreeke - Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Portland Oregon


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Other Recent
Northwest Projects
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A Bright New Boise

The Woman In Black

How I Learned To Drive

Dying City

Martha, Jose & The Chinese Elvis

Rapture of the Deep

14/48






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LIST OF SHOWS DIRECTED
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Since 2000, in Order of Most Recent)

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.Forum Theatre - Washington DC
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The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - Directed by John Vreeke
RoundHouse Theatre
The Lyons - Directed by John Vreeke

Metro Stage


Metro Stage


CenterStage!


Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Theatre J

Forum Theatre - H Street
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Kennedy Theatre
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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 Theatre J

 
MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
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Underneath The Lintel - Directed by John Vreeke

Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Detroit - Directed by John Vreeke


Theatre J


Woolly Mammoth Theatre

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Stone Soup Theatre


Seattle Public Theatre


Metro Stage


Forum Theatre - H Street
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Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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Everyman Theatre
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 Washington Shakespeare Co.
 
.MetroStage, Washington DC-Alexandria
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The Thousandth Night - Directed by John Vreeke

Third Rail Theatre, Portland
A Bright New Boise - Directed by John Vreeke


Woolly Mammoth Theatre
Metro Stage

Burien Little Theatre

Salt Lake Acting Company


Woolly Mammoth Theatre


Charter Theatre
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Olney Theatre
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Theatre Alliance
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 Metro Stage
For The Pleasure of
Seeing Her Again
 
Theatre J

 Woolly Mammoth Theatre - Theatre J




Woolly Mammoth Theatre

 Washington Shakespeare Co.




Metro Stage

 Everyman Theatre



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