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A.D. Players Theater Takes Bold Steps Forward With Announcement of 52nd Season.

Presented by A.D. Players May 9, 2018

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It's A Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play - With the help of some radio actors portraying a few dozen characters, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds over the airwaves of Christmas eve.

Since January of 2017 the middle of the Houston Galleria has been home to the new A.D. Players Theater. This company, founded by Jeannette Clift George 52 years ago is hoping to make a mark on the city of Houston. One of Houston’s largest resident theatre companies, the A.D. Players came under new Executive Leadership with the addition of Jake Speck as the Executive Director in August of 2017. Upon the passing of Founder and Artistic Director, Jeannette Clift George, in December of 2017, long time company member Kevin Dean was named the Interim Artistic Director for the 2018-2019 Season.

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Around the World in 80 Days: Hold on to your seats for the original amazing race! A fearless adventurer circles the globe in 80 days in an adventure full of danger, romance and comic surprises.

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The God Committee: The moment arrives. A heart is available for transplant and is in transit to the hospital. There is a list of available prospects, but who gets the heart?

While the A.D. Players began as a touring company thatperformed for dinner events, they eventually moved to producing a full season of shows in their building on W. Alabama. The story goes that at their first performance someone asked Jeannette what to call this troupe of actors when they were introduced, and she replied “Call us the After Dinner Players. Then people will know to feed us before we perform.” Years later, going by the abbreviated name A.D. Players, and performing in the 450 seat theater on Westheimer, the process of choosing shows is a more complex one. The goal is to find a variety of shows that entertain, enrich, inspire, and complement each other. At the First Annual Gala for the A.D. Players in March they were able to do a soft announcement of their season and then roll it out to the general public on May 7.

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La Historia de Juan: See Jeannette Clift George's most popular work, which dramatizes the 7 miracles of Jesus seen from the viewpoint of laymen, performed entirely in Spanish for the first time ever.

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Tuesdays with Morrie: Based on real life events and the New York Times best selling book of the same name, allow Morrie Schwartz, dying of ALS, to show you what living truly looks like.

The exciting 52nd season includes “Around the World in 80 Days,” Jules Verne’s classic story featuring five actors playing 39 characters in a whirlwind comedy adventure; “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” offers a fresh take on the timeless Christmas tale as a 1940s radio broadcast; “Tuesdays with Morrie,” based on The New York Times bestseller, chronicles how lunch with a college professor dying from ALS sparks a journey of discovery for one man; “The God Committee” deals with matters of the heart, exploring prejudices and how personal experiences shape our point of views; and the perennial Broadway musical, “West Side Story,” featuring the original Bernstein score and Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography.

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West Side Story: A.D. Players brings one of the greatest musicals of all time to the George. In between two rival gangs, from different sides of the tracks, we find Tony and Maria falling in love.

A.D. Players is also proud to introduce the “Jeanette Clift George Black Box Legacy Series,” as a special season addition, in honor of Mrs. George’s prolific career as a playwright for four decades.

“It is with great pride that we offer a season with so much variety, that reflects not only our evolution as a multi-faceted arts organization, but our growing and diverse audience base,” said Executive Director Jake Speck.

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JCG Black Box: A prolific playwright, Mrs. George left a powerful legacy in the hundreds of scripts that she wrote. Come honor her work as we convert the George Theater stage to a Black Box Theater!

Join the A.D. Players this year for one or all of these amazing shows. More information can be found at www.adplayers.org or by calling the Box Office at 713-526-2721.