Cast members include (standing left to right) Jonathan Dennie, Matt Krol, Terri Stevens, Travis Nihiser, Mary Yackey, Mandy Fifer (sitting) Kelly Smith, Jewell Kurtz, Dan Bulau, Staci Kaufman.
Cast members include (standing left to right) Jonathan Dennie, Matt Krol, Terri Stevens, Travis Nihiser, Mary Yackey, Mandy Fifer (sitting) Kelly Smith, Jewell Kurtz, Dan Bulau, Staci Kaufman.
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).

A 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

THE 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.

Doesn’t anybody just want to fish anymore? Certainly not D. Gene’s frustrated wife, Wanelle, who’s fed up with their lackluster romantic life.

She’s 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 sinker!

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 https://www.facebook.com/OffStageProductions

Find out more, contact one of the members or call 419-605-6708.