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Colonial Players 69th Season

OUR 69TH SEASON HAS A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE...

And promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable ride through fact, fiction, and history. We open the season with the delightful comedy Shiloh Rules by Doris Baizley and are trans-ported to a civil war re-enactment battlefield where issues of race and sexism are explored; then we travel to 17th Century Germany with Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations where we encounter the intertwined stories of Ludwig von Beethoven and a modern day musicologist; back in America, we next venture back to the 1940’s with a special holiday treat and the presentation of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; then it’s off to modern day England with Quartet by Ronald Harwood as we visit with four retired opera singers in their retirement home; next it’s back to America with the engaging drama Sex with Strangers where two writers deal with the challenges of intellectual property rights in the age of the internet and social media; then it’s off to Monte Carlo with the delightful and hilarious musical comedy of Lucky Stiff where an unassuming English shoe salesman is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation; and we close by travelling back to 1962 in the Catskill Mountains of New York with Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-Nominated play Casa Valentina where we get 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.

Another season not to be missed!

Shiloh Rules

Written by Doris Baizley
Directed by Beth Terranova
Produced by Judi Wobensmith
Performance dates: September 8 - October 1, 2017
Run time: 2h 30m

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.

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33 Variations

Written by Moises Kaufman
Directed by Terry Averill
Produced by Shirley Panek and Judi Wobensmith
Performance dates: October 20 - November 12, 2017
Run time: 2h 45m

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.

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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
Produced by Tim Brown
Performance dates: December 1 - December 10, 2017
Run time: TBD

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
Produced by Kaelynn Miller
Performance dates: January 12 - February 4, 2018
Run time: TBD

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
Directed by Dave Carter
Produced by Brian Mellen
Performance dates: February 23 - March 18, 2018
Run time: TBD

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
Directed by Eric Hufford
Music Direction by Emily Taylor
Produced by Tim Brown
Performance dates: April 6 - May 6, 2018
Run time: TBD

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!

Casa Valentina

Written by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Mickey Lund
Produced by Heather Quinn
Performance dates: May 25 - June 17, 2018
Run time: TBD

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.