Colonial Players announce new season Opener: The first production of 1996-1997 will be "And a Nightingale Sang," by C. P. Taylor.

June 16, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Colonial Players of Annapolis, the capital city's oldest amateur theater organization, has announced details of its 1996-1997 season.

The year begins Oct. 18 with the opening of "And a Nightingale Sang," C. P. Taylor's nostalgic look at a British family attempting to cope with complicated personal relationships amid the turmoil of World War II.

Colonial's presentation of this touching play will include songs of the period. Lois Evans, a Colonial Players regular, directs.

After the inevitable annual run of Dickens' "Christmas Carol" in November and December, Herb Gardner's insightful "I'm Not Rappaport" will open Jan. 10.

Set in New York's Central Park, this "old men on a park bench" play tells the story of Nat, an old Jewish eccentric, and Midge, an apartment superintendent, who resist with great style society's attempt to put them out to pasture. Rick Wade directs.

Ted Talley's evocative play "Terra Nova," a historical drama about a true-to-life British expedition to the South Pole in 1912, opens Feb. 21, with Paul Callens directing a Colonial Players production for the first time.

"Closer Than Ever," once described as "psychotherapy with a piano," opens April 11 as next season's musical offering.

Created by Richard Maltby and David Shire, "Closer Than Ever" is a collection of songs and stories about change, human foibles and the general turmoil of life in the contemporary world. J. B. McLendon directs.

The season closes with the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors." Craig-Alan Mummy will direct this ensemble play about a group of party guests covering up an accident involving their famous host. "Rumors" opens May 30.

The season is opening later than usual because of renovations to the theater. Call 268-7373, for subscription information.

Pub Date: 6/16/96

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