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OP Players offer ‘Red Feather’ double feature

(Nov. 19, 2015) The Ocean Pines Players will present two, one-act plays, “Revenge of the Red Feather Ladies” and “The Red Feather Ladies Get Their Man,” by Maxine Holmgren, this weekend in Ocean City.
Together, these plays demonstrate why it is not a good idea to get on the wrong side of six determined, angry and slightly off-kilter women. A loose parody of the Red Hat Ladies, it is one part farce, one part romance and one part mystery, with a big dollop of hilarity on top. And, in the words of the play’s director and Players’ president, Karen McClure, “If you think you know how it is going to end, I can pretty much guarantee, you’re wrong.”
Set in the Fancy Frills Tea Room, the play introduces six of the most mismatched female friends imaginable. What they have in common is a talent for investing, which they do collectively through the Red Feather Investment Club, firmly ruled by retired attorney and “Prime Plume Betty.”
She has some very exciting news, which unintentionally triggers a cascade of vengeful plots, each implemented by a different club member. No one is safe from these ladies – or maybe they are not safe from themselves.
The wacky characters are played by a fine cast of talented actors including longtime Players Edie Brennan, Sammy Barnes, Gina Ashton and Barb Gallagher, as well as Judy Nelson, who returns to the Players after a long absence, Dorothy Shelton, who is acting for the first time in 40 years, and newcomer, Betty Ann Harrington, who said, “I have never done anything like this in my life, but I am having a ton of fun and learning a lot.”
The inimitable Charlie Flagiello (“Uke Ellington”) will perform before the show and during intermission while theatergoers can eat, visit, shop at craft booths in the auditorium, bid on silent auction items, and take their chances at a 50/50 raffle.  
All proceeds from the shows will benefit the Players’ Youth Scholarship Fund and the various community outreach activities supported by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
“We just love working with the staff and congregation of St. Peter’s,” McClure said. “Not only are they fantastically accommodating, but they work tirelessly and with great innovation to provide programs of real value to the people of the area and we are proud to be able to contribute to those efforts in a small way.”
Show dates are Friday through Sunday, Nov. 20-22, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City. Tickets cost $15, which includes wine, punch and snacks before the show and desserts, coffee and tea at intermission. There will only be three performances and seating is limited.  
Doors open for refreshment and pre-show entertainment at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with curtain time at 7 p.m. For the Sunday matinee, doors open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 4 p.m.  
To make reservations, call 410-600-0462.