Lisbon - Mt. Vernon/Lisbon Community Theatre presents a new western comedy, Drama at Dry Gulch Creek, as dinner theatre at Gwen's Restaurant, 119 W. Main St., Lisbon on March 10 - 13. The play was written by Amy White, a member of the Black Doggers playwriting group. The play began as a 10 minute show written for the first All in a Day Play Festival. White has expanded it into a full length play.
The play is set in Nevada Territory, 1897, in a town that has lost its identity. Once a watering hole and stagecoach stop in the newly settled southwestern desert, Dry Gulch Creek has been turned into a tourist mecca by its sheriff, James Austen Wheelwright, Jr., and corrupt mayor, James Austen Wheelwright, Sr. Both positive and negative reactions to the change come to light when Lacey Anderson returns to his home town after some time away. The ensuing discussions bring up many of the same problems that still exist within any community.
Cast members are Connett Croghan, Grant Freeman and Meghan Yamanishi of Mt. Vernon; Kyle Langhurst and Melinda Hudson of Lisbon; Charly Martin of Iowa City; Duane Larson of Marion; Susie Burns of Fairfax; and Paul Freese of Cedar Rapids. Chrissy Berlin of North Liberty is directing the show, which was written by Amy White of Mt. Vernon.
Tickets include the buffet meal and are available in advance at Shepley Pharmacy, 113 1st St. East, Mt. Vernon and Lisbon Public Library, 101 E. Main St., Lisbon. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, dinner is served at 6:30 PM and the show is at 7:30 PM. Tickets for evening shows are all $20 and the doors open at 6 PM. The Sunday show is a matinee and dinner is served at noon before the show starts at 1 PM; doors open at 11:30 AM. For this show only, tickets for children ten and under are $15; all other tickets are $20. Seating is limited.