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Promising Playwright Contest Winner! The Colonial Players, Inc. of Annapolis, MD is pleased to announce the winner of their biennial Promising Playwright Contest!

Colonial Players 67th Season

Each season, Colonial Players lays out a road that takes our audiences, actors and production people through the year. On that road we pause to visit not only an array of times and places, but of minds and hearts and spirits we might not otherwise know.

In our 67th Season, we will travel from the dank basement and twisting developments of Sherlock’s Last Case, through the smoky gloom of New York’s jazz musicians’ haunts and hearts as portrayed in Side Man, and into the sunny mornings at seven in the backyards of sisters from another era. We will warm up the winter by pausing to observe a contest of wills between Aphrodite and mortal man in Venus In Fur and the romantic shenanigans of Boeing Boeing’s world-traipsing stewardesses. Finally in the spring, we will pause to rest and renew with Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden and finish up in the dead-end alleys of South Boston, lit by the hopes of the Good People who live in them.

So, like Dorothy on her yellow bricks or Frost’s choosing one or the other, we hope to take you on a road trip full of wonder and thought and, along the way, laughter and pleasure in encountering the memorable people you will meet.

Here is your map. Pick out your subscription or FlexTicket and look forward, as we do, to hitting the road!

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Sherlock’s Last Case

Written by Charles Marowitz
Directed by Beth Terranova
Produced by Barbara Marder
Performance dates: September 4 – 26, 2015
Run time: 2h 30m

The play centers on a death threat against Sherlock Holmes by the supposed son of his late nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Oddly enough, however, Holmes is warned of the plot by Moriarty's daughter, to whom Holmes (who turns out to be quite a ladies' man) is strongly attracted. In sorting all this out the play mixes humor and suspense in equal amounts, leading to a stunning final twist that will surely catch audiences by complete and breath-stopping surprise.

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Side Man

Written by Warren Leight
Directed by Jim Reiter
Produced by Wes Bedsworth
Performance dates: October 16 – 31, 2015
Run time: 2h

Like Ishmael and Tom of The Glass Menagerie, the narrator of Side Man, while telling the story of his parents from the time they met to the present, reveals a whole world of linging and loss during that voyage. The play moves back through the 70's to the 50’s and 60's, returning at the end to 1985. It tracks the stories of the studio and side musicians who made their living playing in touring and recording gigs with headliners at a time when rock and roll was moving into the popular music scene and edging these jazz and big band players out of work and the chance to play. Full of fascinating characters, this Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award winner is an elegy for a lost love and a lost world, beautifully told in a memory play.

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Morning's at Seven

Written by Paul Osborn
Directed by Rick Wade
Produced by Tom Stuckey
Performance dates: November 20 - December 13, 2015
Run time: 2h 30m

Aaronetta and Ida Gibbs have lived next door to each other most of their lives and along with Esther, all of the Gibb sisters are an open book to each. Husbands not included. Into the fray comes Myrtle Brown, perpetually engaged to Ida's son Homer. But Homer can't seem to pop the question.  Taking matters into her own hands, Myrtle finally gets a proposal by compelling Homer to fly the nest. Sort of.  "An absolute charmer... Four sisters, Chekhov would have smiled. So will you, and laugh out loud, too.

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Venus In Fur

Written by David Ives
Directed by Jim Gallagher
Produced by Jason Vaughan
Performance dates: January 8 – 23, 2016
Run time: 90m

In David Ives’ cerebral and sexy comedy, Thomas Novachek is a beleaguered playwright/director who is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks an equally desperate actress—oddly enough, named Vanda. As Vanda and Thomas read the lines of the play-within-a-play, Thomas becomes increasingly aware that Vanda is more than an auditioning actress with an incredible talent. But who is she? Might she actually be Venus herself come to enlighten Thomas — or perhaps punish him?

Venus in Fur opened in New York to immediate and intense critical acclaim,garnering a 2010 Tony® Award nomination for Best Play.

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Boeing Boeing

Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
From the French farce by Marc Camoletti
Directed by Scott Nichols
Produced by Joan Townshend
Performance dates: February 19 – March 12, 2016
Run time: 2h 30m

This 1960's French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent "layovers". He keeps "one up, one down and one pending" until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard's apartment at the same time. "This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy. Propelled by the same gusty spirit that animated Commedia dell'Arte and the silent films of Keaton, Chaplin and Lloyd, {this} may be earthy, but it's seldom earthbound." - The New York Times

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The Secret Garden
(musical)

Written by Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon
Directed by Lois Evans
Produced by Charlotte Robinson & Mary Beth Yablonski
Performance dates: April 8 – May 8, 2016
Run time: 2h 15m

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

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Good People

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Edd Miller
Produced by Tom Stuckey
June 3 –  25, 2016
Run time: 2h 15m

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

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