World Premiere – A SONG I FORGOT TO SING by American Playwright Rob Rosiello

by Patricia Bradford

PHILADELPHIA, PA – East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players continues celebrating its 95th season by presenting the world premiere of A SONG I FORGOT TO SING written and directed by Philadelphia native and Old Academy Players member playwright Rob Rosiello. The play is produced by Charlotte Higgins; Set design by T. Mark Cole. Show dates are: March 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 2018; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 2:00 PM.

Rosiello states, “A SONG I FORGOT TO SING is a later in life coming of age story. It demonstrates that you can “begin again” at any age. The play is a marriage of the worlds of theatre and art. The inciting event of the play, a painting that has been cut apart and sent around the world, was inspired by Philadelphia abstract artist, Favi Dubo. Every year around the holidays, Favi creates an abstract painting and then cuts it apart, mounts it on card stock and sends the smaller pieces to friends, family and colleagues. I was a recipient of a “Favi Card” in 2010 and was so inspired by the story, used it as the impetus for the play.”

Synopsis: Venice, 1951. Pieces of an abstract painting have been sent to strangers around the world with a few simple words scrawled on the back. Reclusive American actress Dora Chadwick, a recipient of one of the pieces, is obsessed with finding the source and solving the riddle. Her search, assisted by her companion, Emma, eventually leads her to Venice and to Annabella, a mysterious blind Italian tour guide. The elusive Annabella provides more questions than answers. As the truth is slowly revealed, it becomes apparent that in order to reassemble the painting, each of the three women must put herself back together by facing her own demons and finding a way to heal.

Cast stars Caitlin Riley as Annabella de Matteo, Sandra Hartman as Dora Chadwick, and Theresa Swartz as Emma Jane Biddle.

Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

Old Academy welcomes groups! If you have 15 or more in your party, you can take advantage of group discount pricing. Parking for all performances is free. Individual tickets are $20 each. Tickets may now be purchased online at Tickets may also be reserved by calling 215-843-1109. For more information, visit the theater’s website at

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