Bay Theatre co-founder Lucinda Merry-Browne, who left that company to found an Annapolis theater school, today announced that the school has become a “teaching theater company” with a slate of three productions for the upcoming theater year. Casts for two of the three productions will include a mix of students and established professional actors. The third production will be a student production.
The Compass Rose Studio Theater will lead off with the classic Neil Simon dramedy, Lost in Yonkers, which sbegins its run on October 21st. The play, which tells the story of two adolescent boys left in the care of their distant, acid-tongued grandmother and her eccentric family while their father is away working, features the performance of students Will Fritz and Eli Pendry as the two young men. Directed by veteran D.C. actor Brandon McCoy, the cast includes Brianna Letourneau (Dancing at Lughnasa) and Daniel Vito Siefring (Something Past In Front of the Light), as well as Ms. Merry-Browne, who plays the grandma.
Other Compass Rose productions will include The Miracle Worker, the William Gibson play about Anne Sullivan’s efforts to teach the deaf and blind Helen Keller, which opens on February 10, 2012 and a student production of Oliver, which will open April 27.
All productions will be held at Compass Rose Studio Theater at 1011 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, MD. Tickets may be had by calling 410.980.6662 or at the company’s website, www.compassrosetheater.org.