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Article Date 1/23/2018

Title PTAG Announces 2018 Season


Here is a brief description of the three shows being presented in 2018 (rights pending). Hope you like the choices. 

Winter/Spring 2018

The Champagne Charlie Stakes

by Bruce Graham
Director: Kathy S. Dinsmore
Cast: 3 men, 2 women
It's a special day at the racetrack as "Champagne" Charlie, a racetrack regular, has had a race named in his honor. A dreamer and teller of tall tales, Charlie and his wife, Mary Lee, hold court for the occasion. They are accompanied by family friend and bookie Jackie, and their daughter Mary, a divorced teacher and the family realist who has nervously invited along her boyfriend, Paul, to meet her parents. On this special day, Charlie conspires with Jackie to place the bet of his life- his entire meager savings- on a long-shot hunch, all for his family. Can Charlie make one big score, or will he lose it all? The Champagne Charlie Stakes is a funny, heartwarming look at family, friendship, and the lengths people will go to for the ones they love.
This poignant comedy mixes family, love and an oversized bet at the race track to illustrate the power of loyalty, integrity and growing older gracefully?however defined. "The play has a good bit of pathos along with Graham's irrepressible comedic touch." ?Press Focus. "A gentle comedy with its roots in recognizably human behavior?It's a lovely piece of work." ?The Philadelphia Inquirer..

Summer 2018

Around The World in Eighty Days

Adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne
Director: Jef Dinsmore
Cast: flexible, minimum of 4 men, 1 woman
Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Phileas Fogg has agreed to an outrageous wager that puts his fortune and his life at risk. With his resourceful servant Passepartout, Fogg sets out to circle the globe in an unheard-of 80 days. But his every step is dogged by a detective who thinks he's a robber on the run. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 39 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.

Fall 2018

Gravy Anxiety

by Rosemary Frisino Toohey
Director: Terry A. Fye
Cast: 5 men, 6 women
Thanksgiving with the family?what could be nicer? Except that this celebration in Mary Reilly?s tiny apartment looks nothing like the Norman Rockwell picture. Marital discord, bizarre funeral arrangements, vegan issues, the hangover of an acrimonious divorce, and a turkey that catches fire all come into play. And the arrival of annoyingly ?nice? visitors from out of town who may or may not make an offer on a house doesn?t help at all. Then, just when several members of the gathering are about to give up and take off for parts unknown, an environmental accident traps everyone inside.