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Baldwin Players


Baldwin Players entering 84th year!

Our upcoming season is going to be great! See below for what is planned for the upcoming academic year.

For further information contact Dr. Brian Ray at

The Upcoming Season – 2017-2018

Greater Tuna (written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard)

Oct. 26-28, 2017 – 7pm – Howard Auditorium

Greater Tuna is a riotous comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the “third-smallest” town in the state. The play centers on the radio station, OKKK, and the residents of this small southern town. More than 20 characters, men, women, and animals make up the crazy cast of visitors to the station, and each provides a wonderfully funny and affectionate, yet satirical look at small-town, Southern life and attitudes. Greater Tuna debuted in 1981, and continues to have a presence in American towns through local productions and touring productions of the original cast.

A Night of One-Acts

Jan. 25 & 26 – 7pm – Howard Auditorium

The Baldwin Players will present an evening of One-Act plays to showcase the talents of ABAC students in acting, directing, and producing theatre.

I Do! I Do! (book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt)

Mar. 8-10, 2018 – 7pm – Conference Center, Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village

I Do! I Do! is a musical about marriage, with all of its ups and downs – and the in-betweens. It is which is based on the Jan de Hartog play, The Fourposter. This musical follows the lives of a married couple, Agnes and Michael Snow, spanning fifty years, from their wedding day in 1895 to 1945. The play takes place entirely in their bedroom, dominated by the large fourposter bed in the center of the room. ABAC’s Baldwin Players are presenting this musical as a dinner theatre.

The Baldwin Players is the theatre performance organization at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. It provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to experience and enjoy live theatre. There are two shows produced each year, one in fall semester and one in spring semester. Under the direction of Dr. Brian Ray, the main stage plays are performed in Howard Auditorium, ABAC’s 330 seat theatre, and there are other venues, such as the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, that are available to perform smaller, more versatile plays. Recent investigation has revealed that the first recorded performance by the Baldwin Players occurred on December 15, 1933 – 82 years ago! The show that was performed was Stop Thief by Carlyle Moore. It was directed by Mr. George P. Donaldson, who was later named the ABAC President in 1947. As a celebration of the long heritage of the Baldwin Players, this play will be performed once again in the fall of 2018 (the 85th anniversary of the Baldwin Players).

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Director’s Welcome Let me welcome you to the Baldwin Players’ web page. More importantly, let me welcome you to the Baldwin Players world of THEATRE! Yes, theatre is a special place where the stories written by playwrights across the ages come to life. You may ask what live theatre is all about, especially when there are so many entertainment options beckoning for your attention. While television, movies, video games, and other sorts of possibilities exist, none of them can equal the energy and excitement that watching or participating in a live theatrical performance can bring to the audience member and the performer. The play gives a living, breathing form to the stories that fill the stage. The connection that is formed between the actors and the audience is, for lack of a better word, MAGIC! Come try it for yourself, just once, and I’m sure you will want to come back, time and again.

Baldwin Players Director The director of the Baldwin Players is Dr. Brian Ray. He brings a life-long passion for theatre to the Baldwin Players. In addition to one of his English Literature doctoral specialties being Renaissance Theatre including Shakespeare, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Further, he has been in over 50 productions over the course of his career in community and academic theatre as an actor, director, and technician in dramas, comedies, musicals, and experimental theatre.

Past Productions

Spring 2015 – The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez

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Fall 2014 – The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon

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Spring 2014 – Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s Smoke on the Mountain

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