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Second Act Troupe Community Benefit Production in Wimberley - "Stuff & Nonsense" in Three Short, Diverse Plays
Carla Daws, Allan Eastwood and Bruce Drobeck in scene from Stuffings
Performances are at 8 PM Friday and Saturday on February 5 and 6, 2010, staged on the newly upgraded stage in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church on County Road (CR) 1492.
Second Act Troupe returns to Wimberley with the third production of their current season. This production features two outstanding one act plays under the umbrella title of "Stuff & Nonsense".

The production will be staged on the newly upgraded stage in the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church on County Road (CR) 1492.

Opening the production, Robert Anderson's "The Last Act is a Solo" was originally written for television but was later adapted for the stage. The television production featured Olympia Dukakis as Laura Cunningham, once a major star of the theatre who now lives in solitude amid costumes, props and memories of her career. Too frail to act, she remains fiercely independent and resists her nephew's attempts to move her to the country where she can be cared for. In fact, she has an interview that very afternoon with a director. This haunting, beautiful play by one of America's foremost playwrights will entertain and move the audience.

In Second Act Troupe's production Laura is played by veteran actress Ellen Massey. Her nephew Ben is played by Rich Upton who last appeared locally in the Wimberley Player's production of Marvin's Room. An experienced actor, he is perhaps better known as the daytime announcer on Austin's classical music station KMFA. Larry Oliver who has a long resume as an actor from productions in Austin and at the old Greenhouse Theatre in Wimberley plays the Director Michael who wants to lure Laura back to the stage for one final hurrah.

The second play on the bill is the hilarious comedy "Stuffings". Gladys (Carla Daws) is a dedicated assistant taxidermist who wants to marry George (Bruce Drobeck). The only problem is that insurance agent George cannot stomach the idea of getting into bed every night with a woman who spends her day stuffing dead animals. He insists that Gladys quits her job as helpmate to taxidermist Edgar (Allan Eastwood) who she has worked with very happily for seven years. Will George prevail or will the close working relationship between Gladys and Edgar determine the outcome?

Rounding off the entertainment is the short piece "Housecleaning," in which Diane Hruska demonstrates her unique way of avoiding the task completely!

Proceeds from these performances will benefit Operation Good Shepherd which is the financial assistance fund of the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance.  It exists to provide assistance with rents, utilities, medical costs and transportation for Wimberley residents in need, administered by the Barnabas Connection of the Wimberley United Methodist Church. Requests for assistance are handled by Barnabas volunteers who can be reached at 847-1664. 100% of the donations stay in Wimberley and support families in need in our community.

Performances are at 8 PM Friday and Saturday on February 5 and 6, 2010. For reservations with preferred seating call (512) 618-3355 anytime or buy the $12 tickets at the door.


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