'Dirty Work' bad guy gets it in the end Players to open production today

November 05, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The Four County Players, a new theatrical group in Mount Airy, will present the 1890s melodrama, "Dirty Work at the Crossroads" by Bill Johnson, today, tomorrow and Nov. 12-13 at Mount Airy Elementary School.

"This is an amateur version, a rewrite of the original," said Walt Horning, the show's director. "The music is period music from the 1890s."

"Dirty Work at the Crossroads" is the story of a villain who tries to take advantage of women wherever and however he can. The story takes place in Connecticut, where Munro Murgatroyd tries to dupe the lovely Nellie, played by Amber Davila, out of her family's farm.

When he fails to get Nellie's land, Mr. Murgatroyd, played by Brad Rigler, makes a play for Leonie, who has a rich mother. Unfortunately for the villain, Leonie's mother discovers the trick and stops it.

Here the play starts to sound like a 1990s soap opera. Mr. Murgatroyd returns to play his tricks on Nellie, but his equally villainous wife, Ida, portrayed by Zena Maggitti, is murdered.

Mr. Murgatroyd frames Adam, the eventual hero, for the murder. Christian Dorsey plays Adam.

"Nellie is so faithful that when the railroad gives her money for her farm, she uses the money to set up an appeals fund for Adam, which goes on for six years, kind of like today," Mr. Horning said with a chuckle. "But the chaplain at the jail marries them, and they're even allowed conjugal visits and have a child."

So what happens to the villain?

"He gets his in the end," said producer Sharon Cason, who also plays Nellie's mother, the widow Lovelace. "The play has a happy ending, everybody gets what they deserve."

The Four County Players consist of a cast of 10, plus Helen Simpson of Mount Airy, whose "attic full of costumes" and sewing skills qualified her as costume handler.

Cast members in "Dirty Work" include Scott Givarz, Joanna Cason, Jessica Phebus and Kim Davis.

Ms. Cason noted that the play is suitable for all ages, and several actors in the cast are children.

Friday shows will start at 8 p.m. and Saturday performances at 7 p.m. Tomorrow night's show will include a catered roast beef and turkey buffet by the Cozy Restaurant of Thurmont at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for the show and $15 for the dinner theater, available at the door. Senior citizen and student tickets are $1 less.

Information: (310) 846-0098 or (301) 831-7136.

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