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Funny Family Farce
Let's Murder Marsha
starts Sept. 17!
Written by Monk Ferris, Directed by Chan Harris
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Opening Night Sept. 18 - Chamber Night at the Playhouse & Opening Night Reception/Cast Party sponsored by Ameriserv
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What happens when a housewife obsessed with murder mystery novels overhears a conversation between her husband and an interior decorator and thinks it is a plot for her murder? It makes for the basis of a hilarious farce that is "witty, fast and full of nonstop laughs." Written by Monk Ferris and directed by Chan Harris, Let's Murder Marsha hits the Mountain Playhouse stage Sept. 17 and continues to run through Sept. 29.As the plot unfolds, Marsha is convinced her husband and interior decorator are plotting her murder and tries to turn the tables on her would-be killers with a poisoned potion. Even her own mother and her maid's date are not exempt from Marsha's imaginary mayhem. The tables turn when Marsha's intended victims discover her wild assumptions, and decide to teach her a lesson by actually pretending to be murderers.
The professional cast of Let's Murder Marsha includes Marsha Gilmore - Ashley Puckett Gonzales; Tobias Gilmore - Larry Tobias; Virgil Baxter – Sean Patrick Hopkins; Persis Devore - Sarah Sawyer; Bianca - Charis Leos; Lynette Thoren - Suzanne Ishee; Ben Quade- Jeffrey Correia.
The lead character of Let's Murder Marsha is played by Ashley Puckett Gonzales, who is returning to the Mountain Playhouse for her fourth season, this time with a new twist...a son who will be celebrating his first birthday in Jennerstown Sept. 12. Balancing a one-year-old and a grueling rehearsal and performance schedule will be a tough role to play, but Gonzales says she is undaunted. With her family in tow, including her husband, actor Brian Gonzales, the actress said she is looking forward to working with director Harris and the cast whom she describes as having "a ton of talent."
"A farce is always fun to do," Gonzales said. "(Harris) is taking an interesting approach to the piece, doing it as a radio play. Having worked with most of the cast before, it is fascinating to see how well we will come together to create something completely new."
Harris explains that Let's Murder Marsha plays like a "screwball comedy" of the 50s or 60s, also comparing it to a Mel Brooks film like Young Frankenstein or High Anxiety. Harris will set the farce as a mid-century radio play, bringing an interesting dynamic to the stage. Not only will the audience be watching the comedy, they will be watching a comedy portrayed as a radio play.