Colonial Players plan 6 productions for '94-'95 season

August 12, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

Colonial Players of Annapolis, the area's most venerable theatrical institution, is planning six productions during its 1994-1995 season at the intimate theater at 108 East Street, off State Circle.

Ken Ludwig's hilarious farce, "Lend Me a Tenor," will open Sept. 9. The show is perhaps the funniest opera-related comedy written since Harpo Marx ran up the curtain in "A Night at the Opera" some five decades ago. It will play through Oct. 8.

"Dancing at Lughnasa," Brian Friel's story of five unmarried sisters living in Ireland in the 1930s, will open Oct. 21. Patrick Martyn will direct this drama of family memories, which will run through Nov. 19.

Christmas in Annapolis just wouldn't be, well, Christmas in Annapolis without Colonial Players' annual performances of the Rick Wade-Dick Gessner version of "A Christmas Carol." Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and the rest will appear from Dec. 8 through Dec. 18.

The new year at Colonial Players will be ushered in on Jan. 13, 1995, with the opening of "Strange Snow," playwright Steve Metcalf's look at two Vietnam veterans trying to get their lives together while reliving the tragedies of the war in Southeast Asia. Veteran Colonial Players actor Tom Newbrough will make his directorial debut in this play, which will run through Feb. 11.

The season's greatest change of pace comes on March 3, 1985, with the opening of the musical "Fiorello!", the story of Fiorello LaGuardia, the diminutive, charismatic mayor of New York in the 1930s. Written by Jerry Boch and Sheldon Harnick, of "Fiddler on the Roof" fame, "Fiorello!" won a Tony award and a Pulitzer Prize when it was the toast of Broadway three decades ago. It will play through April 1.

The season will conclude with "Driving Miss Daisy," Alfred Uhry's remarkable story of the relationship shared by an elderly Southern white woman and her black chauffeur on the cusp of the civil rights revolution. "Driving Miss Daisy" will run from May 5, 1995, to June 3.

"This promises to be a season filled with variety," Colonial Players president Dan Higgs said. "We have farce, comedy, drama, human interest, a musical. There's something for everybody and its going to be good!"

For information, call 268-7373.

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