TAP Opens 2017 Season with Poignant Comedy “The Cemetery Club”

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From left, Susan Patterson, Lynn Sanchez, Maggie Garey, Brian McGunigle and Anna Dietz in a scene from TAP's The Cemetery Club. Photo Courtesy: Cid Collins Walker

From left, Susan Patterson, Lynn Sanchez, Maggie Garey, Brian McGunigle and Anna Dietz in a scene from TAP’s The Cemetery Club. Photo Courtesy: Cid Collins Walker

The curtain will rise on The Tred Avon Players’ 2017 season with “The Cemetery Club,” directed by John Norton, opening Thursday, Feb. 16, and running through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Oxford Community Center.

The play, written by Ivan Menchell, is a touching comedy-drama about three widows in Queens, N.Y., who gather once a month to visit their husbands’ graves and talk about life and love. A trio of TAP veterans will appear in the key roles. Lynn Sanchez plays Lucille, while Maggie Garey and Susan Patterson grace the stage as Ida and Doris, respectively. Brian McGunigle plays Sam and Anna Kusinitz-Dietz returns to the TAP footlights as Mildred.

Coinciding with the opening of “The Cemetery Club,” TAP has announced a modification in its scheduling this season. Performances will run two consecutive weekends instead of the previous three with four shows per week—Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings plus two Sunday matinees. In addition, curtain time for all evening performances, including Thrifty Thursday, which features two-for-one tickers, will be 7:30 p.m. Curtain for Sunday matinees will remain the same, 2 p.m. Doors will now open 45 minutes before curtain instead of an hour. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Performances of “The Cemetery Club” are set for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 16 to 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. Thrifty Thursday, offering two-for-the price-of-one tickets is Feb.16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Tred Avon Players are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

For further information contact Cid Collins Walker, director of publicity, at cidcollinswalkergmail.com, or (202) 210-8383.

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