Maritime Players

Massachusetts Maritime Academy's university theatre program is known as "the Maritime Players." Productions are directed by Dr. Nelson Ritschel and feature student actors and a student technical crew. The Players perform at least one production per academic year. The program provides cadets with a cultural and artistic component to their studies and regimental life, as the program enjoys campus and community support. Participating students learn about theatre production and plays, as well as the value of leadership, discipline, and team work. Consistent with university theatre programs that are designed to teach, productions are generally focused on literary plays. Past productions include:

  • Augustus Does His Bit and How He Lied to Her Husband by G. Bernard Shaw, Fall 2014
  • Bound East for Cardiff and Ile, by Eugene O'Neill, Fall 2013
  • The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter and The Bald Soprano, by Eugene Ionesco, Fall 2012
  • Dracula, and adaptation of Bram Stoker's vampire novel, Fall 2011
  • The Playboy of the Western World, by J. M. Synge, Fall 2010
  • The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet, by G. Bernard Shaw, including a special performance for the New England American Conference for Irish Studies, Fall 2009
  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, by Herman Wouk, Fall 2008
  • Thirst, by Eugene O'Neill, presented at the Fifth International O'Neill Conference, Eugene O'Neill Soceity, Provincetown, MA, June 2005
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad, by Arthur Kopit, Fall 2004
  • Thirst, by Eugene O'Neill and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, Fall 2003
  • A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen, Spring 2003
  • Riders to the Sea and In the Shadow of the Glen, by J. M. Synge, Fall 2002
  • Charlie's Aunt, by Brandon Thomas, Spring 2002*
  • You Can't Take it With You, by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, Spring 2001*
  • Our Town, by Thorton Wilder, Spring 2000*

* Productions directed by former Professor, now retired, James Murphy