Old version 1.5.1 - trouble with starter in command line

Please, anybody can help me with script for commander line start for play 1.5.1 I upgrade OS to ubuntu 18.04 and phyton comes to version 3 and it don´t work anymore.

after OS upgrade when I run play starter it give me >>

jrueda@jrueda-pc:~$ play
  File "/opt/play-1.5.1/play", line 50
    print r"~        _            _ "
SyntaxError: Missing parentheses in call to 'print'. Did you mean print(r"~        _            _ ")?

and successively when I try change it , appears other , and when I change everything in starter it comes to includes …

has any thing to I do for make it more simple ?

Thanks in advance.
João Marcos Falcão Rueda