JACKSON, CA – Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) launches the second show of their 2018 Summer Season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, with Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight, by Jeff Daniels, directed by Julie Anchor.
MSTW first produced this show at the Amphitheatre in 2006, and it was a roaring success. Julie Anchor directed it then and she’s directing it again with a stellar cast, two of which were in the original production ~ Earl Victorine as Rueben Soady, and Anthony Scoggins as Ranger Tom.
Actor, director and writer, Jeff Daniels, wrote Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight while he was filming Dumb and Dumber, which sort of sets the comedy tone for this play. Matriarch, Albert Soady (Lewis Rooker), sitting in his rocker at the Soady Deer Camp, tells the tale of an Opening Day of deer season in Escanaba Michigan, 1989. For Albert and his son Remnar (Bert Anderson), Opening Day is like “Christmas with guns.” But Albert’s eldest son, Rueben, has never brought home a deer, and if he doesn't this year, he'll be the oldest Soady to never "bag a buck." But this year, thanks to Reuben’s Ojibwa wife, Wolf Moon Dance (Bethany Hidden), he’s bringing some “new traditions” to break his curse. Camp is definitely different this year, including Jimmer Negamanee (Michael Sicilia), from Menominee’s Chevy bursting into flames, as well as an unexpected visit from Ranger Tom of the DNR. This hilarious and heartfelt tale spins out of control as Rueben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the Soady family record book.
Escanaba in ‘da Moonlight runs August 11th – September 9th.
Main Street Theatre Works is a professional, non-AEA theatre company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now entering its 24th season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional-quality artists together to produce plays that stimulate both artists and audiences.
The stage is set for the 15th year at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson, CA. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across a bridge, onto a grass-covered, terraced bowl. There the stage is set for picnicking and quality theatre under the stars. You are truly sitting on a gold mine.
Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, with gates opening at 6:30, show starting at 8:00. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs and jackets. Only service animals allowed. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 N. Main Street in Jackson.
Performance Dates and Times
Fridays and Saturdays
August 10th – September 8th
Gates open at 6:30pm for picnics. Show starts at 8:00pm.
Ticket Prices Adults - $20.00 Seniors: $17.50 Youth 18 & under - $12.00 Family Pack (2 adults/2 students) - $54.00 Tickets available at the gate, Hein & Company in Jackson, or on-line at: www.mstw.org