Jack of Diamonds
by Marcia Kash/Douglas E. Hughes
September 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30
The Playhouse at McConnellstown
The Playhouse at McConnellstown to Present Sparkling Farce “Jack of Diamonds”
Tired of the same boring weekend routine? Do you enjoy laughing until your sides hurt? The Playhouse at McConnellstown has the perfect solution for you—the hustling “Jack of Diamonds” opening September 21st.
Written by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes, “Jack of Diamonds” combines slapstick humor with cunning heist. Jack is a former jeweler who made his living buying and selling diamonds via late night TV ads. He lives in a privately-owned retirement home with his fellow residents.
Unbeknownst to Jack and his friends, the man to whom they’ve entrusted their life savings has been arrested for bilking his clients out of their money. Faced with financial ruin, the friends suddenly find themselves confronting the author of their miserable fate when he is unexpectedly delivered to them – along with several million dollars in diamonds. Pandemonium and hilarity ensue as the retirees try to find a way to exact their revenge, recoup their losses, and keep the authorities from discovering their plans.
“From the very first read-through with the cast, there was chemistry between them, many of whom have never worked together before,” commented Director Terry Ayers. “I was lucky to find such an extremely talented cast!”
Entrepreneur Jack Newman is played by Joseph Soloski. His “golden girls” include Rose (Barbara Hughes), Blanche (Shelby Metz), and Flora (Anita Burkhart). Dan Weston is scam artist Barney, and Deb Shank is Nurse Harper. Wilf Gunnarson and the Policeman are played by Rodger Weir, and Mortimer is played by Joe Krabill.
Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton with technical production by Hunter “Radar” McVey. Set design is Don Dietz with sound design by Rick Brown.
“Have I got a deal for you! Come see ‘Jack of Diamonds. You’ll be glad you did!” Soloski suggested.
“It’s an evening of silliness—sure to tickle the funny bone,” added Weston.
“Jack of Diamonds” will continue on September 22nd, 27th 28th, and 29th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are September 23rd and 30th 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough on Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown.
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