Oswego Players Announce Slate For 80th Anniversary Season

OSWEGO – The Oswego Players have announced a slate of six new shows for 2018 to help celebrate its 80th anniversary season.

Players - ARTSince the group was founded in 1938 the Oswego Players have carried on a tradition of producing several productions a year including dramas, mysteries, comedies, musicals and children’s theater.

The newly elected Oswego Players Board of Directors hopes to keep this momentum going for another 80 years by presenting another exciting season.

The season opens the first two weekends in March with the Tony Award winning comedy ART written in French by Yazmina Reza and translated into English by Christopher Hampton.

ART is a comedic treatment about the rules that dictate art and friendship.

The production will be led by director Richard Mosher.

The second production on tap for 2018 is another comedy “An Act of God” written by David Javerbaum.

Critic Charles Isherwood called the play “a gut busting funny riff on the never-ending folly of mankind’s attempt to fathom God’s wishes.”

The show will be presented April 28, 29 and May 5, 6 and 7.

It will be directed by newly elected Oswego Players’ president Paul McKinney.

Third up will be a production of the musical “The Fantastics,” with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.

The show’s original Off Broadway production ran a total of 42 years, making it the longest running musical in history.

Veteran director Inez Manor Parker will lead the show, which is scheduled to run July 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 15.

Next up, director Troy Pepper, will present a bit of the macabre with a rendition of the horror classic, “Dracula.”

Bram Stoker’s original story was adapted for stage by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderson.

In the play Dr.Van Helsing investigates the illness of a young woman and finds she is the victim of the powerful vampire Count Dracula.

The show is set to run September 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

The October production, Andrew Bergman’s “Social Security,” switches back to the comedic vein, with a cross-generational romp where the laughs are hearty and raucous.

The show will be presented in dinner theater format at the Church of the Resurrection on October 19 and 20.

Inez Manor Parker directs once again.

The season ends with the family comedy “A Christmas Story,” adapted for stage by Philip Grecian from the Jean Shepard story of young Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun.

Bobbie Fontana will direct this production December 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9.

80 years is a long time for any organization to exist and the Oswego Players is committed to carry a tradition of excellence far into the future.