The James Tolin
Memorial Fund hosts its sixth annual AIDS theater benefit with "What
the Butler Saw," coming to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Presented
in loving memory of James Tolin, a local actor who died of AIDS
in 2003, special performances of this frisky farce will be held
on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets for these
performances are $35 and include a "Mad Tea Party" with
live British Invasion music, tea, scones and finger sandwiches,
as well as a silent auction before the show starting at 7 p.m. The
final show on Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. is offered at the regular
ticket price of $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.
Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Set in swinging
1960s London with nary a butler in sight, "What the Butler
Saw" is an outrageous farce replete with mistaken identities,
cross-dressing, and plenty of other shenanigans. Penned by British
playwright Joe Orten, the show is set in a private psychiatric clinic.
The head psychiatrist, Dr. Prentiss, is interviewing a new secretary,
Miss Barclay, when he is interrupted by the arrival of his wife,
who claims she has been assaulted by a bellboy at the local hotel.
Nick, the bellboy, tells a different version of events as he appears
with Mrs. Prentiss' dress, apparently removed during the "assault."
He is followed by Dr. Rance, a loony government inspector of psychiatric
facilities, and Sergeant Match, a befuddled policeman assigned to
investigate a possible escape at the asylum. The audience is in
for a wild ride as events continue to spiral out of control.
The cast features
Doug Edelson as Dr. Prentice, Melanie Britten as Geraldine Barclay,
Janet Quartarone as Mrs. Prentice, Josiah DeAndrea as Nicholas Beckett,
John Maurer as Dr. Rance, and Damien Gaeta as Sergeant Match. The
show is directed by Brian Bara.
"What the Butler Saw" will be donated to the MCCC James
Tolin Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Open Arms Foundation, a Hillsborough
support group, and Graffiti Productions, an educational Performing
and Visual Arts project for young people. Tickets
may be purchased online
by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Note: This show
is not recommended for young children.
about the James Tolin Memorial Fund is available by visiting www.jtmf.org.
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