The Madison Community Players will open their 2014-2015 season next month with a play in the park.

The local theater company has three plays scheduled between Aug. 22 and May 9, 2015.

First up is Edgar Lee Masters' "Spoon River Anthology." The play is based on a collection of short, free-form poems that collectively narrates the epitaphs of the residents of the small town, Spoon River. The play was originally conceived, adapted and arranged by Charles Aidman.

During the production, the former residents of the town reflect on the dreams, secrets and regrets of their lives.

"Spoon River Anthology" is scheduled for Aug. 22-23 at John Paul Park. The play will begin at dusk and people are encouraged to bring food to the event.

In February, the theater company will premier "Murder is a Game."

The show is about a successful, married mystery writing team who are given an anniversary gift from their publisher. They're sent to a mansion filled with actors hired to act out a murder plot. The couple delight in the fake murder, until a real murder is discovered amongst the actors.

The dinner theater production is scheduled for Feb. 13 and 15, with a matinee on Feb. 15.

Tickets will be $30.

The season will close with the play "Close Ties" on May 7 and 8, and a matinee show on May 9.

"Close Ties" is set in the Berkshire Mountains of New England. The family drama brings together three generations for a summer holiday at their country home. The play focuses on Josephine, who is edging into senility and, in the family's view, can no longer take care of herself. The family has to come to a decision on what to do with Josephine.

Tickets will be $10 for adults or $8 for students.

For ticket information or to make reservations, call the Madison Community Players at (812) 493-3357.