In The Wings: Drop Dead!

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.

From L-R SITTING: Jillian Bosmann, Elizabeth Hummel, Loris Baldwin, Ginny Pickles. STANDING: Bob DeMarco, Rick DiDonato, Joe Forsstrom, Bob Petrik, Tom Settefrati, Walter March.
From L-R SITTING: Jillian Bosmann, Elizabeth Hummel, Loris Baldwin, Ginny Pickles. STANDING: Bob DeMarco, Rick DiDonato, Joe Forsstrom, Bob Petrik, Tom Settefrati, Walter March.

“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 “Sol Weisenheimer” (Bob Petrik) who put up the money for the show so his ditsy girlfriend “Candy Apples” (Jillian Bosmann) can be a star. Her co-stars include washed-up 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.

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.

Call our box-office at 215-675-6774 to reserve your seats ahead of time!

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