The Marco Players Theater is raising the curtain for the 2015-16 season of love, which will bring romance, comedy and mystery to the stage. Join us opening night for “Champagne & Strawberries,” new this year to kick off the main productions. Visit www.TheMarcoPlayers.com to buy tickets, learn more about audition calls, or to volunteer with the oldest community theater on Marco Island. See you at the theater!
Art of Murder by Joe DiPietro.
In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent arrival of his art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one, for Jack feels wronged, and he is intending to kill the man. As Jack lays out his intentions for the evening, his wife, Annie, calmly paints. Winner of the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play. “A scintillating hit with thrills and chills and some wonderful humor…” Directed by: Jim Corsica. November 4-22, 2015
Same Time, Next Year
by Bernard Slade.
One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, “Same Time, Next Year” ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers. Directed by: Richard Joyce. January 6-24, 2016
by Neil Simon.
In her beach house in the Hamptons, celebrated writer Rose Stern stands at a crossroads; she hasn’t written anything in years and money is getting short. Her former lover, literary lion Walsh McLaren, offers her -from beyond the grave- an opportunity to regain her celebrity and gross millions. Best described as a touching and unpredictable romantic comedy by America’s premier Pulitzer Prize-winning comic playwright. Directed by: Anna Segreto. February 10-28, 2016
2 Across by Jerry Mayer.
She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are metaphors for life, those who finish, succeed, those who don’t, fail.” Now he vows to finish. Why? He’s a competitor and she happens to be lovely. This starts an 80-minute ride described by critics as “Hilarious,” “Witty,” “Romantic,” “Poignant,” and “Wonderfully entertaining.” Directed by: Greg Madera. March 16-April 3, 2016
(Includes a Box Lunch)
Catherine de’ Medici –
The Black Queen
An Italian commoner unexpectedly becomes the queen of France. Despite her opposition, she proves she is an astute and skilled leader. Written and Performed by: Janina Birtolo. January 9, 2016
A Taste of Broadway.
John and Mary Anne McKerrow, along with special guests, will perform some favorite Broadway tunes. February 20, 2016
The Man Who Married His Mother-in-Law by Jeffrey Hatcher.
A man marries his mother-in-law in an attempt to shelter $5M of her estate from the IRS. Directed by: Greg Madera. March 19, 2016
Henry V by William Shakespeare.
In rousing fashion, Shakespeare in Paradise will tell the story of the famous Battle of Agincourt. Directed by: John McKerrow. December 3-13, 2015
Gift of the Magi by O. Henry.
- Henry’s Christmas classic tells the tale of two lovers at the dawn of the 20th Century, who sacrifice their prized possessions to give each other presents – only to find that Christmas doesn’t come wrapped in gold and string. Adapted and Directed by: Kaitlynn McRae; performed by Shakespeare Festival and Marco Island Academy. December 18-20, 2015
The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
In what is believed to be William Shakespeare’s final play, Prospero – a man royal in his birth, revered for his magic, and renowned for his foibles – is washed onto a nameless island with his young daughter after they are banished from their homeland of Naples. Directed by: Kaitlynn McRae; performed by Shakespeare Festival and Marco Island Academy. April 22-30, 2016