Lying in State, a Political Farce With Coffin Humor, Gets South Florida Run Sept. 5-21

News   Lying in State, a Political Farce With Coffin Humor, Gets South Florida Run Sept. 5-21
Caldwell Theatre Company is breathing new life into a comedy about death, Lying in State, by David C. Hyer, which begins Sept. 5 in Boca Raton, FL.

Performances of the political farce about a dead senator will continue to Sept. 21 at Caldwell's Count de Hoernle Theatre. The play's author died in 2003, but the work has been vital in summer stock and other theatres since then. Artistic director Michael Hall directs.

"What better time to see a political farce than during a heated presidential race?" the theatre company asks. "The fast-paced political farce centers on Senator Ed who, through an unfortunate turn of events, was killed by several bullets caused by his shooting at squirrels. The rip-roaring romp gets off to its zany start at the funeral parlor where we meet his ex-wife Edna, his campaign manager, brother and an ex-exotic dancer who claims to be Ed's fiancée, looking for the Senate seat he promised her."

The cast includes Allan Baker (Herb), John Bixler (Wally), Dennis Creaghan (Fred), John Felix (Harry), Kim Ostrenko (Buttons), Angie Radosh (Margo) and Laura Turnbull (Edna).

Lying in State is the second play by Hyer. His first play, Who Wants a Four Door, was chosen by Players Theatre of Columbus for its Playwrights' Work-in-Progress series. He began writing plays shortly before he retired as an executive. He spent over 40 years working in governmental affairs with the savings and loan and petroleum industries. A native of Columbus, OH, he graduated from Ohio State University in 1951. He died December 2003, shortly after he finished Lying in State.

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