Seating Policy Seats are guaranteed only until curtain time. As we are a theater in the round, latecomers may have to wait to be seated until an appropriate break in the performance. Colonial Players reserves the right to not seat latecomers if an appropriate time is not available to do so. Latecomer seating is at the discretion of the stage manager. A television monitor in the lobby allows late patrons to view the performance. Please allow plenty of time for parking in the crowded downtown area.
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For the same cost per seat as a season subscription, Colonial Players offers a Ten-seat FlexTicket which may be used for any combination of shows and seats you choose through the end of the season for which it was purchased. FlexTickets are transferable so that your friends and children may use yours. To redeem a FlexTicket for a particular performance, contact the Box Office directly via phone or email to reserve your seats! When shows are sold out, FlexTicket holders have the added advantage of being able to order standby tickets by phone on the same day as the show, up to an hour before curtain time. FlexTicket Standbys who have ordered by phone will be seated ahead of regular standby ticket holders. Save money, support the theater, and enjoy the convenience of FlexTickets!
Ten-seat FlexTickets are available for Adults for $18.00 per seat ($180 total - a $20 savings!) and Seniors or Students for $14.00 per seat ($140 total - a $10 savings!). Senior and Student FlexTickets are limited to use by seniors 65 years of age or older and students with a current Student ID.
Based on the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” this heartwarming musical in two acts takes place in the beginning years of the 1930s which were some of the hardest years in American history due to many economic events -- the stock market crash; the dust bowl; the great depression. Americans needed hope and a reason to believe that things were going to get better, and a young red headed orphan name Annie showed that optimism could be contagious. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Annie - Encore Performance
Due to popular interest, The Colonial Players is pleased to announce the addition of a special encore matinee performance of Annie, to be held on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00pm, the day following our originally scheduled closing performance!
AVAILABILITY NOTICE: Tickets are available to the general public beginning at 8:00am on Wednesday, November 20, following a special invitation-only presale for family and friends of our cast and crew.
2013-2014 Five Show Season Subscription
5-Show Subscription Packages are available for Adults for $18.00 per seat ($90 total - a $10 savings!) and Seniors or Students for $14.00 per seat ($70 total - a $5 savings!). Senior and Student subscription tickets are limited to use by seniors and students.
Coyote on a Fence
Coyote On A Fence is a play about men on death row in a maximum security prison. Young Robert Alvin (Bobby) Reyburn, resigned to his execution for a hate crime, occupies a cell next to John Brennan, a seasoned veteran of many appeals, who writes and edits the prison newspaper, The Death Row Advocate. John writes obituaries of the executed. In the stories and exchanges between these distinct personalities, as well as their sardonic female guard, we are introduced to a world and people we may never have visited before.
In the Uptown section of Chicago, the scruffy side, Arthur Przybyszewski still runs the donut shop his father founded before he was born. Arthur is besieged by a new Starbucks across the street, his aged hippie sensibilities, and the recent death of his ex-wife. His store reflects the state of his mind, ill-tended, marred by the vandalism of a disgruntled ex-employee and slipping into bankruptcy. A new employee, Franco Wicks, urges him to revitalize the store by opening evening hours, encouraging poetry readings, cultivating a writers’ enclave. Franco is a young, enterprising writer whose intelligence and energy nudges Arthur’s torpid spirit into new life, especially when Franco is nearly killed by thugs seeking to collect his gambling debts. You’ll find this lively play uplifting and deeply funny as you meet Arthur, Franco and the people around them struggling to make something good of their lives.
This off-beat musical is a mix of gothic horror and big-hearted satire of small town personalities set to a peppy melodic pop rock score. Captured in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia, Bat Boy, a terrifying half human, half bat mutant, is taken into town and put in the care of the family of Dr. Parker, the town veterinarian. Even though Bat Boy becomes eminently civilized, the townspeople cannot overcome their revulsion and suspicions, and ultimately tragic mayhem ensues. The musical is a hilarious send-up of traditional musicals and all the love-overcomes-all themes you've ever witnessed in theater or the movies. As the New York Times said, "Big laughs... It's remarkable what intelligent wit can accomplish-- a jaggedly imaginative mix of skewering humor and energetic glee."
These Shining Lives
This poetic play tells the true story of four young women who began working in the Westclox Radium Dial Company in Ottawa, Illinois near Chicago in 1922, at the time when women had just won the right to vote and the license to smoke and to work outside the home almost without scandal. The company employed over 1000 women for 11 years to paint the numbers in the radium powder on the faces of their clocks and watches. Catherine Donohue and her co-workers develop deep, supportive friendships as the years go on. Finally they must confront two truths that both they and the company have been evading for years. They are developing serious illnesses and their work with radium is the cause. The decisions that the four women, particularly Catherine, make in response to these facts ultimately resulted in a 1938 landmark Supremem Court case that changed Illinois law to make companies responsible for the safety of their workers. Melanie Marnich's play illuminates the lives and spirits of these ordinary women, shedding light that flares into incandescence as their story ends.
Dead Man's Cell Phone
Our second ARC offering is an odd comedy about human isolation, especially in this world full of more tightly connective devices than ever before. Jean, a young woman eating a bowl of lobster bisque in a cafe, picks up the ringing cell phone of a man who has just died at the next table. Stunned by the happening, she allows herself to be drawn into the lives of his family and others who call him while hte phone is in her possession, seeking to make them feel better and to express the unspoken thoughts of the dead man. Not quite absurdist, unsentimental and quirky, the play takes us into a swirling exploration of our inability to really know others, even those we work near, live with, or marry.