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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      3.  Theatre for Young Audiences

      4.  Educational Programs

      5.  Television Experience

      6.  References and Education

     
7.  Reviews/Photos of Plays Directed



Now Running in Washington DC
MetroStage
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

The skillful, dignified and brisk 75-minute evening is nicely fleshed out by persuasive railway sound effects and the occasional sweep of a military searchlight. - Washington Post

The Thousandth Night at MetroStage is an enjoyable little punch to the gut.
- DC Theatre Scene


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. - Broadway World DC


Most 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.


Love, bile and co-dependence are doled out in generous amounts in Nicky Silver’s savagely funny play The Lyons, a welcome antidote to holiday familial schmaltz being administered at Round House Theatre under the expert guidance of director John Vreeke - DC Theatre Scene

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

An expert cast in a darkly witty script makes for a holiday treat at Round House - Metro Weekly


Recently in Washington DC
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

"Detroit is a magnificent examination of the human species in times of financial turmoil"
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DC Metro Theater Arts

"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

"With solid direction from John Vreeke, theatre-going Washingtonians get an in-your-face glance at the world..."
- Broadway World






Recently in Washington DC
MetroStage


Ghost-Writer - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC


Ghost-Writer - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC
"Full marks all around for such period flair"
-
The Washington Post


"Under the assured guidance of director John Vreeke, presents one of those achingly subtle romances where a mere touch on the forearm is as burning as a caress..."
- DC Theatre Scene

"I think I'll see it again myself"
- DC Metro Theater Arts



Recently in Washington DC
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



Recently in Washington DC
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

"Director John Vreeke orchestrates his five actors with skill and balance" -Talkin' Broadway

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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John Vreeke - Company Member, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Washington DC
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Nominated for SIX Helen Hayes Awards:



CURRENTLY
in
REHEARSALS:


MetroStage-Washington DC - Alexandria, VA

The New Season 
MetroStage

John Vreeke directing two  productions in rep:

The Thousandth Night - Directed by John Vreeke - MetroStage, Washington DC - Alexandria VA

April 3 - May 18, 2014




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

April 17 - May 25, 2014


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? Multiple clues and a world-wide search that ultimately decode the meaning of life. And a plant, the Zebrina Pendula, that may hold the ultimate clue. A metaphysical detective story that is funny and fierce, quirky and smart.

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



UPCOMING
in
2014:


Forum Theatre, Washington DC - The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Directed by John Vreeke
The Last Days of
Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
directed by John Vreeke

The return of the production the Washington Post called "preposterously entertaining" and "nearly flawless...an answered prayer"

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

In purgatory, Judas is on trial, yet so overwhelmed by guilt that he cannot speak in his own defense. So lawyers, witnesses, saints, and even the Devil try the case without him, debating punishment, redemption, and the nature of free will.

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

by Stephen Adly Guirgis

directed by John Vreeke

May 22nd-June 14, 2014

Forum Theatre

Washington DC



UPCOMING
in
2015:

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






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

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.RoundHouse Theatre
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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

 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
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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.
 
.Third Rail Theatre, Portland
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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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