Mountain Playhouse Presents: Let's Murder Marsha

Mountain Playhouse Presents: Let's Murder Marsha

What happens when a housewife obsessed with murder mystery novels overhears a conversation between her husband and an interior decorator and thinks it is a plot for her murder? It makes for the basis of a hilarious farce that is "witty, fast and full of nonstop laughs."
Jeffrey Correia who plays Ben Quade and Ashley Puckett Gonzales who plays Marsha Gilmore in The Mountain Playhouse's next big hit "Let's Murder Marsha" stopped by Central Pa Live to give us a preview of what to expect from their show.

What happens when a housewife obsessed with murder mystery novels overhears a conversation between her husband and an interior decorator and thinks it is a plot for her murder? It makes for the basis of a hilarious farce that is "witty, fast and full of nonstop laughs." Written by Monk Ferris and directed by Chan Harris, Let's Murder Marsha hits the Mountain Playhouse stage Sept. 17 and continues to run through Sept. 29.

As the plot unfolds, Marsha is convinced her husband and interior decorator are plotting her murder and tries to turn the tables on her would-be killers with a poisoned potion. Even her own mother and her maid's date are not exempt from Marsha's imaginary mayhem. The tables turn when Marsha's intended victims discover her wild assumptions, and decide to teach her a lesson by actually pretending to be murderers.

The professional cast of Let's Murder Marsha includes Marsha Gilmore - Ashley Puckett Gonzales; Tobias Gilmore - Larry Tobias; Virgil Baxter - Sean Patrick Hopkins; Persis Devore - Sarah Sawyer; Bianca - Charis Leos; Lynette Thoren - Suzanne Ishee; Ben Quade- Jeffrey Correia.

The lead character of Let's Murder Marsha is played by Ashley Puckett Gonzales, who is returning to the Mountain Playhouse for her fourth season, this time with a new twist…a son who will be celebrating his first birthday in Jennerstown Sept. 12. Balancing a one-year-old and a grueling rehearsal and performance schedule will be a tough role to play, but Gonzales says she is undaunted. With her family in tow, including her husband, actor Brian Gonzales, the actress said she is looking forward to working with director Harris and the cast whom she describes as having "a ton of talent."

"A farce is always fun to do," Gonzales said. "(Harris) is taking an interesting approach to the piece, doing it as a radio play. Having worked with most of the cast before, it is fascinating to see how well we will come together to create something completely new."

Harris explains that Let's Murder Marsha plays like a "screwball comedy" of the 50s or 60s, also comparing it to a Mel Brooks film like Young Frankenstein or High Anxiety. Harris will set the farce as a mid-century radio play, bringing an interesting dynamic to the stage. Not only will the audience be watching the comedy, they will be watching a comedy portrayed as a radio play.

In discussing playing Marsha, Gonzales said she enjoys the imaginative side of the character. "I am very pragmatic, but Marsha is constantly in these flights of fancy, with a vivid imagination and always drawing the wrong conclusions. The comedy is rapid fire and a very fast kind of theater - and I am a fast and rapid fire person. It is a good fit and very fun to play this role."

Harris agrees. "This is really the story of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown," he said. "We have the right people, probably the funniest people we could get or who have ever been seen at the Playhouse. This is an intense and smart, really funny show."

In October, the Mountain Playhouse season concludes with Church Basement Ladies, A Second Helping Oct. 1 -- 13.

Quick facts: Let's Murder Marsha Sept. 17 - Sept. 29, 2013
Comedy written by: Monk Ferris
Ticket Prices (include $2 service charge per ticket) Preview $14 - $21.25; Matinee $17 - $30; Evenings $22 - $34

Special discounts include:
Under 21 Club (every Wednesday evening students under the age of 21 pay $8)
Youth and Student Discounts (with school ID) $10 - plays; $13 - musicals
Group Discounts --Groups (minimum of 10 guests) qualify for special discounts for theater, dining and theater/dining packages with Green Gables Restaurant.
Check with the Reservations Center at 814 629 9201, option 1 for details.
Curtain Times
Evenings: 8 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday Matinees: 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Reservations: 814 629- 9201, option 1
Online tickets are available at http://www.mountainplayhouse.com/





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