Dignity Players

From Annapolis Past Port

A program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Dignity Players sprang into action in December of 2004. Separating it from the various theater groups making their homes in the Annapolis region, Dignity Players founders Bryan Barrett, Mickey Lund, and Sue Struve established the new group to promote the “inherent self-worth and dignity of all people” through the production of plays and musicals containing a strong, liberal, open-minded message of life, liberty, justice for all, hope, and dignity. An all-volunteer organization, Dignity Players sought to involve members of the Unitarian Universalist Church community and the greater Annapolis area community, and to inspire action on social issues pertaining to the rights of all people, regardless of race, gender, creed, religion, or sexual orientation.

The organization proudly opened its doors with its inaugural production of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s The Exonerated, which tells the true stories of six death row inmates exonerated of their crimes anywhere from two to 22 years after their wrongful imprisonment. A highly successful panel discussion following the Saturday performance of the show included panel member Kirk Bloodsworth, the first man in the U.S. to be exonerated based on DNA evidence. A portion of the proceeds from the production was sent as a donation to The Innocence Project in Washington, DC, which seeks to assist innocent inmates with legal counsel and exonerated individuals with financial and social aid.

Following this huge success, Dignity Players presented a production of Moises Kauffman’s The Laramie Project. This fact-based play was taken from interviews with the townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming, following the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. A portion of the proceeds from the production went to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, established by Matthew’s parents following his murder.

A third successful production took place in October of 2005. Eve Enlser’s The Vagina Monologues is based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality. The Vagina Monologues gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who sees it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. Directed by local director Eric Lund, and starring the local talents of Wendy Baird, Darice Clewell, and Carol Cohen, The Vagina Monologues established Dignity Players as a new powerhouse theatre company in the Annapolis area.

2004 and 2005

  • The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, Directed by Eric Lund

2006 Season

  • Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • Triumph of Love with Music and Lyrics by Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead, Lyrics by James Magruder, Directed by Mickey Lund, Musical Direction by Mark Hildebrand
  • Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, Directed by Mary Watko

2007 Season

  • Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde by Moises Kaufman, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons, Directed by Terry Averill
  • Antigone Adapted by Lewis Galantiere from the Play by Jean Anouilh, Directed by Mickey Lund

2008 Season

  • Stop Kiss by Diana Son, Directed by Dan Kavanaugh
  • Vanishing Point (Original Musical with Book and Lyrics by Rob Hartmann and Liv Cummins, Music by Rob Hartmann), Directed by Mickey Lund, Music Direction by Mark Hildebrand
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, Directed by Eric Lund

2009 Season

  • Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi, Directed by Micke Lund
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman, Directed by Beth Terranova
  • A Bicycle Country by Nilo Cruz, Directed by Santos Ventura
  • Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall, Directed by Mary Watko

2010 Season

  • The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer, Directed by Darice Clewell
  • The Last Five Years with Music, Lyrics, and Book by Jason Robert Brown, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • Bloodlines (Orginal Play by Dan Baum), Directed by Mickey Lund
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Directed by Frank Moorman
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Directed by Mickey Lund

2011 Season

  • Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies, Directed by Mary Watko
  • Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • Moving at the Speed of Life (Original Play by Kris Valerio), Directed by Mickey Lund
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley, Directed by Kathleen Ruttum
  • Sordid Lives by Del Shores, Directed by Debbie Barber Eaton

2012 Season

  • Almost, Maine by John Cariana, Directed by Mickey Lund
  • Stones In His Pockets by Marie Jones, Directed by Darice Clewell
  • Shakespeares R & J by Joe Calarco, Directed by Edd Miller
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Conceived by Rebecca Feldman with Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin and Additional Material by Jay Reiss, Directed by Mickey Lund, Music Direction by Jill Compton
  • Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, Directed by Lois Evans

2013/2014 Season

  • Art by Yasmina Reza, Directed by Darice Clewell
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Adapted for Dramatic Reading by Lois Evans, Mark Hildebrand, and Eric Lund
  • Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, Directed by Gary Seddon
  • The 39 Steps by John Buchan, Directed by Jim Rieter