Village Players of Hatboro
Presents the comedy
By Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore
The Village Players of Hatboro have announced the second production of their 65th Season. It’s the comedy, “Drop Dead!” by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. The show premieres on Friday, January 11th at 8:00 p.m. The theater is located at 401 Jefferson Avenue in Hatboro. For information, call the box office at 215-675-6774.
“Drop Dead!” is a wildly funny comedy of a play within a play. It is the dress rehearsal for a very low budget play called “Drop Dead”. The show’s director “Victor LePew” (Walter March) is a flamboyant personality with dubious talent. The producer is “Lou Wisenheimer” (Bob Petrik) who put up the money for the show so his ditzy girlfriend “Candy Apples” (Jillian Busman) can be a star. Her co-stars include washed TV star “Mona Monet” (Ginny Pickles), “Brent Reynolds” (Thomas Settefrati) a Grade A ham actor with an ego to match, a naïve first time actor, “Chaz Looney” (Rick DiDonato), an ancient actress well beyond her prime, “Constance Crawford” (Elizabeth Hummel), Gene Shalit’s brother and TV repairman, “Dick Shalit” (Joe Forsstrom) and a frantic stage manager, “Phillip” (Bob DeMarco). The playwright “Alabama Miller” (Lorie Baldwin) shows up to find her play has been rewritten.
At the dress rehearsal, everything goes wrong including cast members getting murdered. The set is so cheap the furniture is painted on the wall. The eldest actress is almost completely deaf and can’t remember her lines. Egos flair, props break, lights fall and general mayhem cause for a laugh riot.
“Drop Dead!” was written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore who also authored “The Senator Wore Pantyhose”, “You’ve Got Hate Mail” and “Love, Death and The I.R.S.”. The show is directed by Fran Carroll who helmed last season’s “Four Weddings and an Elvis”. Gina Lutz is producing the show.
“Drop Dead! opens on Friday, January 11th, 2012 with an 8:00 p.m. curtain. Tickets are only $12. The show runs the next three weekends in January. There are two Sunday matinees on January 13th and January 20th at 2:00 p.m. Matinee tickets are only $10. The Village Players of Hatboro is a non-profit community theater located in residential Hatboro at 401 Jefferson Avenue near County Line Road between Jacksonville and Warminster Roads. Call the box office at 215-675-6774 or visit their web site at www.thevillageplayers.com for more information and directions.