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The Colonial Players is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Season and is seeking directors for 5 of the 7 productions listed (**NOT accepting applications to direct). To learn more about the season and help you determine if you wish to submit an application to direct, The Colonial Players invites you to attend an Executive Production Meeting on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at The Colonial Players Annex to discuss the challenges presented by the slate, as well as a Sneak Peek on Saturday, February 18, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Theater at 108 East Street for a brief reading/viewing of each show. Attendance at either event is NOT a prerequisite for submitting an application to direct.

Directors are invited to apply by submitting an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than Wednesday, March 1, 2017 with:

  • Subject line of: “17-18 Director Application”
  • Name and complete contact information
  • Title of the show(s) you wish to be considered for
  • One or two paragraphs describing your vision for the show(s)
  • List of challenges you envision and a description of how you intend to solve them
  • List of dates in March, 2017 on which you are NOT available
  • Your resume

All directors will be asked to meet with the Director Selection Committee in mid-March where you will be given the opportunity to expand on your vision for the show(s) you have expressed an interest in directing. The Artistic Director will respond to your email application upon receipt to set up possible interview dates and times.

Please contact Artistic Director Mickey Lund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP for the Executive Production Meeting and Sneak Peek, with any questions or to request a copy of one or more of the scripts for the selected shows.

Please note that director positions at The Colonial Players, Inc. are unpaid.

Please note as well that all selected Directors are required to attend a preliminary production meeting for the season on the whole to be held at The Colonial Players Annex on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:30pm.


2017-2018 Season

Shiloh Rules

Written by Doris Baizley
September 8 - October 1, 2017

A dedicated Union nurse and a mysterious Confederate refugee meet on the Shiloh battlefield to compete for the title of Best Female Reenactor of the Year. With their young trainees trying to out-do each other in "authenticity," and a concessionaire egging both sides on, their competition leads them into real conflict with Ranger Wilson, an African-American female park ranger who would rather be anywhere than the year 1862, imaginary or not. As the re-enactment rages out of control, all six women discover that some conflicts of the Civil War weren't left behind in 1862.

33 Variations

Written by Moises Kaufman
October 20 - November 12, 2017 

A musicologist trying to accomplish her life’s work in the face of a debilitating disease and an estranged daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

**It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Holiday Offering
Adapted by Joe Landry
From the Screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling
Directed by Scott Nichols
November 30 - December 10, 2017

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

**Quartet

Written by Ronald Harwood
Directed by Darice Clewell
January 12 - February 4, 2018

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play.

Sex with Strangers

Written by Laura Eason
February 23 - March 18, 2018

Ethan is a hyper-connected millennial and star blogger. His first book “Sex with Strangers,” a collection of personal blog posts that chronicles his many sexual exploits, is a best-seller. Olivia is a gifted but obscure Gen-X novelist. When the two meet one snowy night, they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, they inch closer to getting what they want. Before that happens, however, each must confront the dark side of ambition as they try to reinvent themselves in a digital world where the past is only a click away.

 

Lucky Stiff

Music by Stephen Flaherty
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
April 6 - May 6, 2018

Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle's gun-toting ex!

To Be Announced in April, 2017

May 25 - June 17, 2018
*Performance Rights Currently Restricted*

Tony Award winning play set in the Catskills in 1962 - land of dirty dancing and Borscht Belt comedy—where an inconspicuous bungalow colony caters to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who delight in dressing and acting as women. These white-collar professionals escape their family lives to spend a discrete weekends away inhabiting their female alter-egos. When the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world arises, the members of this sorority have to decide whether societal freedom outweighs the risk of potential ruin. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of “self-made women” as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.