A new season of theatre at Akron's Coach House Theatre begins with "A Thousand Clowns," which runs Sept. 22 to Oct. 16.

In this classic American comedy by Herb Gardner ("I'm Not Rappaport," "Conversations With My Father"), free-spirit Murray Burns is an unconventional, unemployed comedy writer who is raising his precocious nephew, Nick. When social workers come to interfere with their situation, Murray unwittingly stumbles upon love, purpose and a new course in life. Both the stage and movie versions starred Jason Robards as Murray, and Martin Balsam won Best Supporting Actor for the film, in the role of Arnold Burns.

Artistic director Terry Burgler directs this Coach House production, which stars Joe Pine as Murray Burns, Kelsey Tomlinson as Sandra Markowitz, Daniel Colaner as Nick, Dan Colaner as Arnold Burns, Scott Shriner as Albert Amundson, and Jim Fippin as Leo Herman.

Curtain times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. There will be a special preview performance Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. The official opening night is Sept. 23.

Contact the box office at 1-888-71-TICKETS (choose "option 1"), or visit www.coachhousetheatre.com for reservations.

Coach House Theatre is at 732 West Exchange Street in Akron, next to the Akron Woman's City Club, and at the corner of West Exchange and North Portage Path.