2019-2020 Season

Purlie Victorious

Our 521st Production

By Ossie Davis
Directed by Loretta Lucy Miller
September 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 2019
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Dynamic, traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community's church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee's plantation. With the assistance of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins, Purlie hopes to pry loose from Cotchipee an inheritance due his long-lost cousin and use the money to achieve his goals. Deception, fun, satire, and high jinks - with serious undertones - lead to a triumphant ending!

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Our 522nd Production

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Sarah Labov
November 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 2019
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Set against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, suddenly find themselves thrust center stage. As the bewildered duo stumble their way in and out of the action of William Shakespeare's classic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their hilarious version of the iconic story unfolds.

Barefoot in the Park

Our 523rd Production

By Neil Simon
Directed by Jane Jennings
January 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 2020
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

This classic romantic comedy has been charming audiences for over fifty years. When young newlyweds Corie and Paul move into their first apartment, their passion is tested by the problems of New York City living. Add an over-involved mother-in-law, a quirky upstairs neighbor, five flights of stairs, and the wit of playwright Neil Simon, and you have all the elements for a delightful evening of theater.

Buried Child — Encore

Our 524th Production

By Sam Shepard
Directed by Nancy Ridgeway
Sunday, June 28th, 2020 @ 2:00pm

The original cast and crew of the highly acclaimed March production of Buried Child will return for a one-time-only encore performance on Sunday, June 28 at 2pm. This scaled-down staging of the original production will serve to welcome everyone back to Old Academy Players and give our theatre community the chance to see one more performance of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed by Nancy Ridgeway.

Dodge and Halie are barely hanging on to their farmland and their sanity while looking after their two wayward, grown sons. When their grandson Vince arrives with his girlfriend, no one seems to recognize him, and confusion abounds. Sam Shepard takes a macabre look at one American Midwestern family with a very dark secret. Winner of the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

2020 Summer One-Act Bonanza

Directed by friends of Old Academy
July 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 2020
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Box office: 215-843-1109
Tickets $20.00

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


Our 525th Production

By Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Annie Hnatko
July 31st; August 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 2020
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert contemplates his bachelor status. His friends explain the pros and cons of marriage over several drinks and dinner parties. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of the single life. Stephen Sondheim's Company is largely regarded as the trailblazer of the dark comedy, modern musical genre, and features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of the composer's best-known songs.