OAP announces lineup for 96th season
EAST FALLS » East Falls’ Old Academy Players will celebrate its 96th season by presenting a mix of inspiring and thoughtprovoking dramas, hilarious comedies and a musical.
Directed by Carla Childs, “A Raisin in the Sun,” set in the 1950s on Chicago’s South Side, revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of a poor, black family striving to maintain dignity, love and trust in a harsh and changing world. This will begin the season Sept. 14 to 30.
The dramatic comedy “Eurydice” is a modern and poignant retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. When Eurydice dies tragically, Orpheus sets out to find her in the Underworld and bring her back. However, Eurydice has been reunited with her dead father and is torn between leaving him and returning to life with Orpheus. The play is a meditation on love and grief, told with American playwright Sarah Ruhl’s distinctive quirkiness and heart. Directed by Jane Jennings, the play will runs from Nov. 2 to 18.
Directed by Loretta Lucy
Miller, the comedy “Calendar Girls” is a stage play by British playwright and screenwriter Tim Firth based on a true story of 11 Yorkshire women who posed nude and produced a calendar to raise money for leukemia research under the auspices of the Women’s Institutes. It will run from Jan. 11 to 27, 2019.
Rob Rosiello will direct “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” a drama written by the prolific American playwright Terrence McNally. Two couples retreat to Fire Island for an explosive July Fourth weekend, fueled by unspoken fears, festering resentments and forbidden longings. Despite the tension and heat, no one will go into the house’s immaculate pool nor confront the truth surrounding the life and untimely death of its previous owner. The award-winning play will run March 8 to 24, 2019.
“Ordinary Days” is an Off Broadway musical by American playwright/composer/lyricist Adam Gwon. It delves into the hectic lives of four New Yorkers as they search for love, happiness and meaning in life. Directed by Annie Hnatko, this musical will run from April 26 to May 12, 2019.
The comedy “Ripcord “written by American playwright David Lindsay focuses on two elderly women in a senior living facility, thrown together as roommates and a more mismatched pair you will never meet. The hilarity enthuses as they use their wits and devious, comic shenanigans to get rid of each other. Directed by Terri Bateman, the play will run June 14 to 30, 2019.
For two weekends in July 2019, Old Academy will present its one-act festival — the 11th annual Summer One-Act Bonanza — featuring lots of comedy, new works, new directors and plenty of laughs. Please note: this production is not included in the regular season ticket package.
Subscriptions to Old Academy Players’ season include all six shows for $85, a savings of $40. Individual ticket prices are $20 for plays and $25 for musicals.
Old Academy Players, where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky made their stage debuts, is a nonprofit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane, East Falls. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Parking for all performances is free.
For information and tickets, call 215-843-1109 or visit oldacademyplayers.org.