For visitors who enjoy live theater you might find the Island Players an relaxing interesting evening venue.
Founded in 1949, The Island Players, Inc. is an organization dedicated to providing artistic experiences for the communities of Anna Maria Island and its neighboring cities through the presentation of stage productions.
The Island Players is the oldest community theater in Manatee County.
To accomplish these goals, we present five performances each year between October and May of the following year. Recently, one of our presentations is during ArtsHOP, which is sponsored by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island.
The Island Players Theater has a long history on Anna Maria Island. The building, originally the home of the William H. Gillette family of Parrish, was brought by barge down the Manatee River and placed where it is now on the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue around 1912.
September 21 – October 1, 2017
by Marc Camoletti and adapted by Beverley Cross
Directed by Mike Lusk
In this sequel to Boeing-Boeing, Bernard asks his new mistress to his home on her birthday despite the fact that his wife and best friend will also be there. Soon identities and bedrooms are exchanged with increasing confusion until the unexpected ending.
November 9 – 19, 2017
THE GAME’S AFOOT
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Preston Boyde
It’s December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette (world-famous for playing Sherlock Holmes) has invited fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities quickly turn dangerous.
January 11– 28, 2018
BEYOND A JOKE
by Dereck Benfield
Directed by James Thaggard
Six people have already died in unfortunate and embarrassing accidents at Jane and Andrew’s country house. When their daughter’s boyfriend arrives for the weekend, conversational confusion leads him to believe these deaths were due to more sinister circumstances
March 8 – 25, 2018
THE CURIOUS SAVAGE
by John Patrick
Directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland
When Mrs. Savage inherits ten million dollars from her husband, her stepchildren realize they cannot get control of the funds. They commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses” in this high comedy when kindness and affection battle greed and dishonesty.
May 3 -13, 2018
AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by J.B. Priestly
Directed by Heiko Knipfelberg
After a young girl commits suicide in an industrial English town, a police inspector interrogates a highly respectable British family and soon discovers all members of the tight-knit clan are somehow implicated in the girl’s demise.
When staying at Absolute Anna Maria http://bit.ly/1JoXiOO catch the free trolley in front of the condo at stop #34S and go to the north end of the island and get off at Pins Ave.
After the show we highly recommend a nice evening dinner right on the Beach at the Sandbar Restaurant just a short walk from the Theater.
The Island Players, Inc.
10009 Gulf Drive
Anna Maria, Florida 34216
Phone: 941 778-5755
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