2016-2017 Season

Outside Mullingar

Our 503rd Production

By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Christopher Wunder
September 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30 2016; October 1, 2 2016
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Nominated for a Best Play Tony Award in 2014, Outside Mullingar is a play that is set in rural Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love, the hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness.

The Fourth Wall

Our 504th Production

By A.R. Gurney
Directed by Annie Hnatko
November 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 2016
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Peggy has become obsessed that her life is a play, and has redecorated the living room with one wall completely blank, the "fourth wall," representing the “audience.” Her delusion is compounded when everyone entering the room behaves as if they were acting in a play, even belting out Cole Porter songs accompanied by the pianist in the room! A delightful, absurd comedy.

Melancholy Play

Our 505th Production

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jane Jennings
January 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 2017
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Tilly's melancholy, though objectionable to her employer, is oddly attractive to those around her.  She finds herself surrounded by quirky friends and lovers who have fallen under its spell. But what happens when she suddenly wakes up wildly happy?  Sarah Ruhl's poetic writing is the counterpoint in this offbeat, poignant comedy about both the beauty and the sadness of life.

Suddenly Last Summer

Our 506th Production

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Rob Rosiello
March 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 2017
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

A prominent southern family mourns the sudden and unexpected loss of its only son, Sebastian. The genteel murmur of a mother’s sorrow cannot mask the whispers of doubt and secrets held by his cousin, Catharine. She was there. She saw what happened to the beloved Sebastian. If his mother, Violet, has her way, what Catharine saw will be cut from her brain… forever. Written for the stage by Tennessee Williams in 1958, the play was adapted into a 1959 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift. Suddenly Last Summer is viewed as one of the most poetic, and most shocking, plays of Williams’ career. After all, the secrets of a family can never stay truly buried. The truth will eventually shatter the illusion. The truth will eventually reveal just what did happen Suddenly Last Summer.

Men are Dogs

Our 507th Production

By Joe Simonelli
Directed by Terri Bateman
April 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 2017; May 5, 6, 7 2017
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Special event with the author after the May 6th performance!

What do you get when you mix 6 women, 2 men and group therapy sessions? JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. A wonderful mix of people trying to work through the ups and downs of their crazy relationships. Come see this hilarious comedy about crazy mixed up relationships and how they are sorted out. Find out why MEN ARE DOGS!!!

Morning’s at Seven

Our 508th Production

By Paul Osborn
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller
June 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 2017
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The year is 1938; the place is a small Midwestern town, where the four aging Gibbs sisters share in each other’s lives including drama, comedy, and tragedy, not to mention, sympathy, secrets, caring, anger, envy, jealousy, and love. Cora Swanson and her sister, Ida Bolton, along with husbands Thor and Carl, have lived next door to each other for their entire married lives. Arry, the old-maid sister, lives with Cora and Thor. A fourth sister, Esther and her husband, David, live down the street. All four families are awaiting eagerly the arrival of Ida and Carl’s son, Homer, and his fiancée, Myrtle Brown. Homer has been engaged to Myrtle for seven years and dated her for five years before that and, oddly enough, this will be the first time anyone in his family will have met her. It seems like a simple, happy situation, but trouble ensues as two of the sisters begin to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late. This heart-warming and hilarious comedy, televised live on several occasions, has won multiple Tony and Drama Desks awards. Morning’s at Seven is considered delightful and darling by all.

2017 Summer One-Act Bonanza

Directed by friends of Old Academy
July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2017
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

It’s another summer of one-act hilarity! This year we are featuring new comedies, new directors and original scripts by our multi-talented members. Join us for a fast-paced evening of short plays designed to put a smile on your face.