The A. D. Players based in Houston, Texas reached their 50th Anniversary in February of this year with a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in a grand new home, the Jeannette & L.M. George Theater. Actress, playwright and author Jeannette Clift-George is the founder of the Company, and engineer and arts patron Lorraine M. George was her husband.
The property was purchased in 2003, and generous gifts from the local community made it possible for the Players to ultimately construct an $18 million, state-of-the-art facility that doubled the seating capacity of their former home.
The A. D. Players are devoted to “…producing plays rooted in Christian values…that uphold human value, offer creativity, and promote literacy and education.” While every play does not contain an overtly Christian message, all are suitable for families and promote positive values.
The company fields six mainstage productions and four children’s theater performances annually. The A. D. Players Theater Arts Academy was formed to provide performance and production classes for children, with opportunities to showcase their work on the Company’s George Theater stage. The A. D. Players also field a national touring unit that plays for community groups, churches and schools.
Jeannette Clift George enjoyed a wide-ranging career in acting prior to the creation of A. D. Players. Mrs. George performed Off-Broadway, at the Playhouse in the Park in Philadelphia, on the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., at Houston’s Alley Theatre, and touring with the New York Shakespeare Company. Several of her leading roles included performances in “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Trip To Bountiful,” The Glass Menagerie” and “The Importance Of Being Earnest.”
Mrs. George’s 1975 film debut was as Corrie Ten Boom in “The Hiding Place,” a true story about a Dutch family hiding Jews during World War II. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Corrie, received an award from the Hollywood Women’s Press Club and was named the “Most Promising Newcomer” by the British Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also the author of a multitude of books and scripts.
Despite encouragements to build a film career in Los Angeles, Mrs. George has remained passionate about Christian theater. They A. D. Players consider themselves “a professional theater ministry operating under the creative signature of God.”
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