James Tolin Memorial Fund Presents Seventh Annual Benefit at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre June 19-21


The James Tolin Memorial Fund presents its seventh annual benefit theater event with Paul Rudnick's comedy, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told." The show comes to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. The Friday and Saturday shows feature a silent auction starting at 7 p.m. and a catered reception and music following the performance. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. Proceeds from the event benefit the Open Arms Foundation and the James Tolin Memorial Scholarship at MCCC.

In rehearsal for "Fabulous" are: (seated, left) Maddie Patrick as Mabel and Nicole Patrick as Jane; (standing, left) David Hamm as Steve and Damian Gaeta as Adam.

In Rudnick's alternate version of Biblical verse, Adam and Steve -- and their lesbian counterparts, Jane and Mabel -- begin their tale in the Garden of Eden, hitch a ride on the Ark during the Flood and wind up in modern day Manhattan. Throughout the show, Rudnick's empathetic characters ponder the big questions including the existence of God, and the joys and pains of love, loss and life in general.

Directed by Brian A. Bara, "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" features Damian Gaeta as Adam; Dave Hamm as Steve; Nicole Patrick as Jane; Maddie Patrick as Mabel; Alycia Bauch-Cantor as the Stage Manager; Kathy Garofano as Rabbi Sharon; Matthew Paul as Trey; Matty Daley as Kevin and Caitlin Blauvelt as Cheryl.

Over the past six years, the JTMF has raised over $50, 000. Productions have included Paul Rudnick's "Jeffrey;" Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy;" Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple;" Paul Rudnick's "Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach;" Nicky Silver's "The Altruists;" Charles Busch's "Psycho Beach Party;" and Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw."

Tickets for the June 19 and 20 benefit shows are $25. Tickets for the June 21 show are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students. (The show contains adult themes and is not recommended for children.) Tickets are available online or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request. For more information about the James Tolin Memorial Fund, visit their website here.

Read about the Kelsey Theatre Summer Series here.

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