OAP an­nounces lineup for 96th sea­son

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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.

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