VAN WERT — Off Stage Productions, Inc. concludes its 2016-2017 season
and announces the cast for their upcoming dinner theatre show, “Farce
of Nature,” a Jones Hope Wooten comedy. This two-act comical farce will
be directed by Mandy Fifer.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend
one of the seven performances, opening on Saturday, April 22.
Additional show dates are Sunday, April 23*, Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, April 28-30*, and Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6. Doors open
at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, *12:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees, at
the Van Wert County Senior Center (220 Fox Road, Van Wert).
buffet-style meal provided by Romer’s Catering will be served starting
at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. (*1 p.m. meal and 2 p.m.
show on the Sunday matinees).
Mandy Fifer, a first-time director
at Off Stage Productions, has announced the cast for “Farce of Nature.”
The cast of nine includes eight performers you will likely recognize
from past shows, as well as one actor making his debut performance in
community theatre with this production. Off Stage Productions welcomes
Jonathan Dennie to its theatre family.
Wanella Wilburn - Jewell Kurtz
D. Gene Wilburn - Dan Bulau
Jenna Sealy - Kelly Smith
Maxie Wilburn Suggs - Terri Stevens
Carmine DeLuca - Matt Krol
Ty Wilburn - Jonathan Dennie
Lola Barbosa - Mary Yackey
Sonny Barbosa - Travis Nihiser
Roxanne Thorne - Staci Kaufman
STORY: The non-stop hilarity of this Southern-fried farce highlights
one day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. Meet D.
Gene Wilburn, the owner and proprietor of the Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest
little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Well, it used to be, but lately
business is down, tourists are few, and the lone guest who’s just
checked in — an extremely jittery Carmine DeLuca from Chicago — is only
there due to a location shift in the Witness Protection Program.
anybody just want to fish anymore? Certainly not D. Gene’s frustrated
wife, Wanelle, who’s fed up with their lackluster romantic life.
taken drastic steps to improve it through hypnotic suggestion and, for
the life of him, D. Gene cannot understand why his pants keep falling
down. D. Gene’s feisty sister Maxie has her own problems, chief among
them battling ageism to resume her career in law enforcement. She’s
determined to prove her worth by keeping Carmine DeLuca alive through
the weekend — a task that’s going to prove to be much harder than she
bargained for since she keeps losing both her gun and the bullets. And
she never anticipated the gangster Carmine’s been dodging for the last
five years, Sonny Barbosa, is about to walk through the door, in hot
pursuit of his sexy wife, Lola.
Seems the headstrong Lola has
driven hundreds of miles to the lodge to follow her boy toy, D. Gene and
Wanelle’s son, Ty. But Lola meets her match in Ty’s seemingly innocent
girlfriend, Jenna, whose patience has reached the breaking point after
months of waiting for Ty to come home. In the deliciously funny romp
that ensues, they all hide, lie, disguise themselves, cross-dress, and
slam doors chasing one another, while trying to figure out the source of
an increasingly awful stench. By then it’s too late and the lodge is
surrounded by vicious critters and hungry varmints that have followed
the odor down from the hills. Yet by the delightfully chaotic climax of
this one outrageous day, love blossoms, truths are revealed, and the
lives of all — family, guests and gangsters alike — change in incredible
and surprising ways. This side-splittingly funny Jones Hope Wooten
comedy is guaranteed to win your audiences over — hook, line, and
Reservations for members open at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 3
and on Wednesday, April 5 for the general public and are open daily.
Reservations close at 6 p.m. each day. Off Stage Productions can be
found online at http://www.offstagetheatre.com and on Facebook at
Find out more, contact one of the members or call 419-605-6708.