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The West. The 1920s. Mabel’s had a hard few weeks. A dynamite accident at a gold mine has left her wealthy but orphaned, and she’s shipped off to a calculating aunt whose nephew is charged with seducing her to control Mabel’s fortune. This hapless courtship reveals a shared love of silent movies and a plan for greater things. A story of mishaps and moxie, the romance of Hollywood and ultimately a Hollywood-caliber romance. A world-premiere slapstick comedy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart.

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Wonderfully madcap.

The Washington Post

Physical comedy brilliance.

DC Theatre Scene

Decidedly and unreservedly silly.

Washington City Paper


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An Interview with Beth HenleyAn Interview with Beth Henley

The Artists


Evan Zes
Curly P. Curtis and OthersEvan Zes
Jacob Ming-Trent
Uncle Oscar Defoliant and OthersJacob Ming-Trent
Emily K. Townley
Aunt Octobra Defoliant and OthersEmily K. Townley
Felicia Curry
Miss Bee Sunshine and OthersFelicia Curry
Wayne Barker
Pianist/NarratorWayne Barker

Production Team

Beth Henley
PlaywrightBeth Henley
Wayne Barker
Original MusicWayne Barker
Michael Lincoln
Lighting DesignerMichael Lincoln
Frank Labovitz
Costume DesignerFrank Labovitz
Adam W. Johnson
Sound DesignerAdam W. Johnson
Joe Isenberg
Fight DirectorJoe Isenberg
Elena Day
Movement ConsultantElena Day
Anthony O. Bullock
Production Stage ManagerAnthony O. Bullock
Nathan Norcross
Assistant DirectorNathan Norcross