The Upstagers 2017 season!
The Psychic, a murder-mystery comedy- February 24-25 and March 3-4
Adam Webster, a down and out mystery writer, is unable to pay his rent, so he hangs up a sign in the window of his New York basement apartment offering psychic readings. To his surprise, he blurts out to his first customer, Laura, an attractive young woman, that her husband is planning to kill her. A string of inquisitive characters soon darken his door. These include Laura’s husband Roy and his ditzy mistress, Rita, a local mobster named Johnny Bubbles, and Morris Koslow, a NYPD homicide detective. Much to his alarm and confusion, the so-called “psychic” finds himself embroiled in a string of bizarre and hilarious murders. Written by Sam Bobrick, “The Psychic” was the winner of the Mystery Writers of America 2011 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best play. This devilishly clever comedy will be directed by Kellie Jackson.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a musical - August 4, 5, 11 and 12
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” centers around two competing con men living on the French Riviera. The first is the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. The other, a small-time crook named Freddy Benson, more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, the two unsuccessfully attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: The first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins, and the other must leave town. A riotous battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming, and guessing to the end. This hilarious musical comedy will be directed by Rob Wade.
Pump Boys and Dinettes a musical- November 10, 11, 17 and 18
In 1995 The Upstagers won the Audience Choice award at the Texas Non-Profit Theatre’s Quad III Contest. Fred Brockwell, our founder, was the director. He came up with the idea to reprise this wonderful show 22 years later with the exact same cast. To his surprise, all agreed. For those of you who didn’t see it the first time around, it is a charming slice of life set in the 1980’s on highway 57 in rural North Carolina. The story is framed around a simple concept. Two sisters, Rhetta and Prudie Cupp run a down-home diner across the highway from a gas station and garage manned by four laid back guys named Jim, Eddie, Jackson, and L.M. Not much happens in that corner of the world, but there is a lot to imagine and sing about, so that is exactly what they do. They sing about everything from lost love to sunburn to Dolly Parton in a style that is somewhere between county and rock. It is a sweet slice of America reflecting that particular time and place. This is a great show the whole family can enjoy together and actually be home by bedtime. Fred Brockwell will again direct this 1982 Broadway show.