Memorial Fund Is Back with "Die, Mommie Die!"
Benefit at Kelsey Theatre June 24-26
the past eight years, the JTMF has raised more than $50,000 for AIDS
and arts education charities. Past JTMF shows presented at Kelsey
Theatre include such LGBT-related plays as "Jeffrey," "Torch
Song Trilogy," "Mr. Charles" and "Psycho Beach
Party," another of Busch's parodies of 1960s cult movie classics.
Windsor, N.J. -- A fallen pop diva battles her vicious husband,
vengeful children and a hornet's nest of secrets in the hilarious
thriller "Die, Mommie Die!" As part of its
ninth annual theater benefit weekend, the James Tolin Memorial
Fund (JTMF) brings this campy, outrageous spoof to Mercer
County Community College's Kelsey Theatre Friday, June 24
and Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 26 at 2
p.m. The Friday and Saturday shows will feature a silent auction
of authentic theater memorabilia starting at 7 p.m., as well
as a catered reception. Proceeds will benefit the Open Arms
Foundation and the James Tolin Memorial Scholarship at MCCC.
Theatre is located on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
by Tony nominated theater veteran Charles Busch, "Die,
Mommie, Die!" is the melodramatic tale of faded singer
Angela Arden, who is trapped in a bad marriage and attempts
to find happiness in the arms of a younger man. When Arden's
husband turns up murdered, daughter Edith quickly suspects
her mother and joins forces with her brother to get revenge.
The show was adapted for the big screen in 2003, starring
Jason Priestly as the younger man and Busch as the lead character.
Directed by Brian A. Bara of Levittown, Pa., JTMF's "Die,
Mommie Die!" features Damian Gaeta of Hamilton, D.C.
Hamm of Wrightstown, Kathy Garofano of Morrisville, Pa., Matty
Daley of Toms River, Kelly Reilly of Mercerville, and John
Devennie of Mercerville.
cast includes, standing from left, D.C. Hamm, Kathy Garofano
and John Devennie; seated from left, Matty Daley, Damian Gaeta
and Kelly Reilly.
According to Tracy Antozzeski, JTMF's co-founder and president, the
actors and production staff welcome the chance to come back to Kelsey
Theatre each year to honor the memory of James Tolin, an MCCC Theatre
alumnus who died in 2002. "We are very excited to work with these
fine actors and are looking forward to another memorable and incredibly
fun production," Antozzeski said. For more information about
the James Tolin Memorial Fund, click here.
Tickets for the June 24 and 25 benefit shows are $25. Tickets for
the June 26 show are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.
(The show contains adult themes and language and is intended for mature
audiences). Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre
is wheelchair accessible with free parking available next to the theater.
for Kelsey's Summer Series are on sale now. Offerings include "Twelfth
Night" July 1-10; "Oklahoma!" July 15-24;
"13 the Musical" July 29-Aug. 7; "Forever Plaid"
Aug. 19-27; and, for the younger set, "Camp Muckalucka"
a complete listing of the events schedule and more at Kelsey Theatre,
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