SPATS Theater presents ‘Welfarewell’

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SPATS actors perform ‘Welfarewell’ at the theater in Oracle.

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The SPATS theater group is presenting the Pamela “Cat” Delaney play “Welfarewell” beginning Friday, April 25 and running weekends through May 11. The play is a social satire, comedy about an 80-year-old former stage actor, Esmeralda Quip who can no longer make ends meet living on a meager fixed income. She finds herself in debt and way behind on her rent due to choosing medication and food over paying her landlord. Finding herself in jail over an incident with her landlord, she finds that it’s not so bad in prison. You have a comfortable bed, three meals a day, free medical care, a roof over your head and the ladies she meets are nice if somewhat odd.

Using her many years of life experiences and crafty mind, Esmeralda devises a plan to get her self sent to prison but the justice system has other ideas. Will Esmeralda be able to play the system or are the odds stacked against her? Whatever happens, you will laugh and enjoy her attempt to do the time by doing a crime.

The play is being directed by Van Howell and produced by Rose Milan. Jan Aalbuts plays Esmeralda Quip. The other cast members, some of them playing multiple parts are: Rose Anne Weaver, Christina Oberth, Michelle Egan, Julie Szekeley, John Wasley, Kathleen Piermarini, Becky Greer, and Mark Henderson.

Opening night is Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the SPATS Theater, 730 E. American Ave. in Oracle. Tickets are $15 with $1 refundable at the door with a food bank donation. The schedule is April 25 and 26 at 7 p.m.; May 2 and 3 at 7 p.m., Sunday matinee, May 4 at 2 p.m.; May 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. with a final Sunday matinee on May 11 at 2 p.m. For reservations call 520-896-9496.

John Hernandez (504 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


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