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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 68th Season

Our 68th season is a veritable rollercoaster ride of drama, comedy and delightful musical theater! We open with Martin McDonagh’s dark Irish comedy, The Cripple of Inishmaan, set in 1934 on the Aran Islands off Galway. Next we plunge into the fractious marriage of George and Martha in Edward Albee’s classic study of borderline personality disorders, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. From there it’s on to the considerably lighter fare of A Christmas Carol, our biennial musical version of the Charles Dickens holiday classic. For the new year we head to The City of Conversation (Washington), Anthony Giardina’s fascinating multi-decade look at the politics and Politics of a connected Georgetown family; then back to England for the charmingly funny Calendar Girls; then to Venice, Italy, of the early 1960s for our version of the Tony award winning musical Nine; and finally to Bucks County, Pa., for Christopher Durang’s hilarious Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. As roller-coasters go, it promises to be one heck of a ride. Please join us!

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Dave Carter
Performance dates: September 9 - October 1, 2016
Run time: 2h 20m

Set in 1934 on the Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay in western Ireland, this play focuses on inhabitants of the island of Inishmaan, who are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival on neighboring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. "Cripple" Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance . . . or so some believe.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Written by Edward Albee
Directed by Craig Mummey
Performance dates: October 21 - November 12, 2016
Run time: 3h 30m

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife Martha have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces with liberal profanity that she has invited a young couple—an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naïve new bride—to stop by for a nightcap. When the couple arrives the charade begins. The drinks flow and inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn't care less. But underneath the edgy banter lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair provoked by a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the secret is exposed revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

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A Christmas Carol

Writtten by Rick Wade
Music by Dick Gessner
Directed by Rick Wade
Performance dates: December 1 - December 11, 2016
Run time: 90m

This classic production takes place, as Mr. Dickens himself would have it, in the streets of Victorian London and in the counting house and bedchamber of Ebenezer Scrooge. In the revelations of his visitors and in his memory, we are transported to times and places of Scrooge's past, present, and future. A Christmas Carol has been produced by Colonial Players of Annapolis since 1981.

Note: A Christmas Carol is not part of the regular subscription season. Tickets for this production will be available separately beginning on November 19, 2016 during the public sidewalk ticket sale at our Theater.

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The City of Conversation

Written by Anthony Giardina
Directed by Ruben Vellekoop
Performance dates: January 13 - January 28, 2017
Run time: 2h

In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other—where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change. In this play, spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative worldview, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.

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Calendar Girls

Written by Tim Firth
Directed by Debbie Barber-Eaton
Performance dates: February 17 - March 11, 2017
Run time: 2h 30m

After Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow members of the local Women’s Institute to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar.  The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

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Book by A. Kopit
Music and Lyrics by M. Yeston
Adapted from the Italian by Mario Fratti
Directed by Ron Giddings
Performance dates: March 31 - April 30, 2017
Run time: 2h 15m

Nine is the story of a film director, the celebrated Guido Contini, and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life, which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Steve Tobin
Performance dates: May 19 - June 10, 2017
Run time: 2h 30m

Vanya and Sonia rarely leave the confines of their childhood home in Bucks County, Pa., while their sister Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home.

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