Colonial Players to open five-show season Sept. 3 with Lanford Wilson play

Theater begins taking subscriptions for year of varied productions

August 26, 1999|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When county schools start a new year Monday, a new theater season will soon follow.

Colonial Players Inc. opens its season Sept. 3 with Lanford Wilson's "Talley's Folly."

With its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration just ended, Colonial Players seems to be all but woven into the fabric of Annapolis.

In the 1999-2000 season, the all-volunteer troupe continues the tradition of offering a variety of productions, including its annual musical comedy. Anticipated every season is Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," long a treasured part of the Annapolis holiday tradition.

Subscriptions are available for the five plays that run through May. After "Talley's Folly," Colonial Players presents a classic Moliere comedy, "Learned Ladies," tracing an uneducated family's dream of running a high-toned literary salon. The comedy is scheduled for Oct. 22 through Nov. 20.

On Jan. 21, Athol Fugard's "The Road to Mecca" begins its run. The touching celebration of an aging artist's life will continue through Feb. 19.

March 10 through April 8, the offering is William Alfred's "Hogan's Goat," a political drama set in Roman Catholic Brooklyn at the turn of the last century. Its theme of political candidates looking for their opponents' flaws is as current as tomorrow's headlines.

The season concludes on a happy musical note with Eudora Welty's "Robber Bridegroom." The comic fable of Southern backwoods folklore, set to music by Robert Waldman, will run from April 28 through May 27.

"Talley's Folly," a two-character drama, tells the story of Matt Friedman, a middle-aged Jewish accountant, and Sally Talley, a 33-year-old nurse at a veterans hospital who seems to have more in common with him than she realizes.

Matt arrives from St. Louis on July 4, 1944, to court Sally at her Lebanon, Mo., home. He encounters her bigoted parents on the family farm and gently coaxes Sally to lower her defenses so that she can get to know him well enough to realize they are soul mates.

The 1979 play won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. This unsentimental love story originally starred Judd Hirsch and Trish Hawkins.

"Talley's Folly," which will continue through Oct. 2, is directed by Anne M. Ellis and features Colonial Players veteran actor Ken Sabel as Matt Friedman and Sue Bell in her CP debut as Sally Talley. Bell is well known to local audiences for her many performances at Chesapeake Music Hall.

Performances are Thursdays through Sundays. Subscriptions for the five-play series on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. cost $55. Subscriptions for Thursday and Sunday shows are $40, or $30 for students and those 65 and older. Matinee performances are every Sunday at 2: 30 p.m. Evening performances are on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

All performances are at Colonial Players Theater, 108 East St. in downtown Annapolis. To reserve season subscriptions, call the box office at 410-268-7373. Information: www.cplayers.com.

Pub Date: 8/26/99

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