Res Martin who plays La Merel rehearses a scene from Rex’s Exes where she is hypnotized and thinks she is a monkey.
Marilyn Boettger | Carson Valley Community Theater
More than a year after the global pandemic closed the curtains of live theaters in March 2020, the Carson Valley Community Theater is taking center stage with its first major production since coronavirus restrictions. The opening night of “Rex’s Exes” will take place on October 15th at CVIC Hall in Minden.
“We’re so excited to be back and to get together,” said production manager Jeff Basa. “Everyone is looking forward to getting on stage and putting on a great show for the community. “
After a year of not so happy circumstances a good laugh and a show can be enjoyed throughout the community and there is nothing like a bounty hunter, an abandoned bride with a paintball gun and a not so dead guy in a celebration of family life to make things better. That’s unless you’re the Verdeens, then that’s totally okay.
The fried verdeen cousins of southern Sweetgum, Texas are on the brink of disaster again after the “Red Velvet Cake War” in this farce sequel, “Rex’s Exes” written by Jones Hope Wooten Playwrights.
“It has the same cast, humor, and fun as’ Red Velvet Cake Wars,” Basa said. “It’s just happening years later and with more chaos.”
Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, collectively known as Jones Hope Wooten Playwrights, are popular and widely produced playwrights in the United States. They’ve written many vibrant comedies creating strong, vivid roles for women, like “Red Velvet Cake Wars” and its sequel “Rex’s Exes,” as well as others including fan favorites, “The Savannah Sippy Society. ‘, Dearly Beloved’, ‘Christmas Belles’ and ‘Always a Bridesmaid’ and more. For more information visit www.joneshopewooten.com
‘Rex’s Exes’ opens with Gaynelle’s 50e birthday, which she is not too thrilled about. In an effort to cheer her up, Peaches is determined to throw a surprise party for her as Jimmie Wy’s “Wide Bride” wedding dress store successfully takes off and Peaches’ recently outgoing husband returns and her romantic ties. with each cousin are revealed.
“He’s the most awkward of the three cousins,” Basa said. “All of them deal with basic life issues in hilarious and fabricated ways. “
Basa, who directs not only the play but also Wild Bill, said things were different in the theater before the coronavirus outbreak, just when casting alone.
“Just between 1 and 2 people together and potentially one of those people contracting the virus is a variable that we have had to contend with,” Basa said. “Before, you were the one who came with something, you were away for a few days and then you were back. It’s not like that now. You never know what’s going to happen.
For this reason, Basa said the audience will need to wear masks during the show for precautionary measures and the safety of others.
“As far as I know, it’s like that everywhere, with things opening up,” he said. “I know Reno theaters are taking this precaution as well, it’s just for safety reasons.”
The Rex’s Exes opening show will take place on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden. General admission is $ 18 for presale, $ 20 at the door and $ 15 for seniors and students. Additional screenings are at 7:30 p.m. on October 16 and 22 and at 2 p.m. on October 17 and 24.
Tickets available at www.showtix4u.com
The Carson Valley Community Theater is a completely voluntary organization established in May 2004 to serve the theater needs of Douglas County and surrounding areas. The mission of the theater is to promote, create, design and present theatrical events for the Carson Valley community and the general public, in addition to educating children and the public and working with the music and drama departments at Douglas High School. and the Arts Department at Western Nevada College. to encourage participation on and off the stage. For more information, visit www.carsonvalleycommunitytheatre.org