East Texas Performing Arts in association with Sanctuary Players Theatre Company present the Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy Rex’s Exes, the hilarious sequel to The Red Velvet Cake War.
Audiences will be delighted by this fresh comedy published in 2012.The same beloved Verdeen family brings serious comedy and audiences will relish the return of cousins Peaches, Gaynelle, Jimmie Wyvette, with Bitsy Hargis, Cee Cee Windham, Uncle Aubrey, Mama Doll and Aunt La Merle, portrayed by Susan Wise, winner of the Best Supporting Actress/Comedy Itkin Award for the 2012 season.
“I am so proud of this cast,” shares director Sara Whitaker. “The writers did a wonderful job in expanding these characters; they have evolved and taken on new traits and conflicts. It has also been encouraging to watch the rehearsal process. The ensemble has grown; they are so comfortable in the creative process. The returning characters have taken on more depth.”Audience members who did not see The Red Velvet Cake War are not to worry. The first few scenes of Rex’s Exes explain the story of The Red Velvet Cake War and the current circumstances of the play effectively.
“Everything will make sense,” states Whitaker. “This play is not to be missed and will be a wonderful and surprising comedic experience.”Jones, Hope, Wooten introduce four new characters. They include an Austin political socialite played by Amber Counts, a Cajun bounty hunter played by Jesse Vinton of Marshall, Jeffersonian Shelia Langbartels portraying Gentle Harmony, an emotional “healer,” and Rex, played by Paul Davis, Best Actor/Comedy Itkin award winner for his role as the adorable Newt Blaylock in The Red Velvet Cake War.“Shelia has done a wonderful job. This is her first role with East Texas Performing Arts and I look forward to audiences seeing her portrayal of this unusually blissful character,” said Whitaker.
In Rex’s Exes, the cousins discover they have quite a lot more in common than blood. There is a romantic secret that Gaynelle and Jimmie Wyvette have kept from Peaches.
Jimmie Wyvette, played by Marshall resident Cherry Eldridge, Best Actress/Drama Itkin winner for John, His Story, has been fired after 27 years at Whatley’s Western Wear and has opened Wide Bride, a bridal salon for “big boned Texas size gals.” Jimmie Wyvette is nominated for the Lone Star Business Award of Excellence. Will she be given the chance to shine and receive recognition, or will the scheming Aunt La Merle sabotage the contest with a family secret of her own? Peaches, played by Stacey Davis (co Best Actress Comedy Itkin winner), is racked with guilt for having declared Rex dead after a seven year absence. Her nerves are frazzled and she is on edge while Gaynelle, played by Ellen Taylor (co Best Actress/Comedy Itkin winner) is defeated by a string of two bit part time jobs and a looming milestone birthday. Audiences can look forward to Daniel Jones, Diana Furlow, and Amy Phillips reprising their original roles as Uncle Aubrey Verdeen, Cee Cee Windham and Bitsy Hargis.
Rex’s Exes opens Saturday, Mar. 16, at 7:30pm and plays Sunday, Mar. 17 at 2pm, Friday, Mar. 22 at 7:30, and Saturday, Mar. 23 at 2pm and 7:30pm. Performances are at the Jefferson Transportation & Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin Street in downtown Jefferson. To purchase tickets go to www.Sanctuaryplayers.org or visit Fashion & Art Revival, 115 E. Austin Street, Lafayette Gallery, 123 N. Polk Street or Roy’s Rails at 602 N. Polk Street. For more information call 925-497-3915. Saturday, Mar. 16, 7:30pm Friday, Mar. 22, 7:30pm
Sunday, Mar. 17, 2pm Saturday, Mar. 23, 2pm and 7:30pm