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‘The Red Velvet Cake War’ hits CVIC Hall stage

Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen has not had the best of luck recently. Her husband of 27 years dumped her, she is facing various legal charges after she "accidently" ran her car into her ex-husband's house and she is being observed by a court-appointed psychologist. To top it off the Verdeen family reunion is coming up, a tornado is headed straight for Sweetgun, Texas, and Gaynelle has bet her house that she can make a better cake than her Aunt La Merle who annually takes home the prize for the best red velvet cake. Now, Gaynelle must learn to make a really good cake in a really short time with a lurking psychologist, an unexpected suitor, a tornado, and an overbearing aunt just to keep her house, and to stay out of jail and the asylum.

"This is a laugh-a-minute production," said director Jeff Basa. "It's a mixed bag of hometown America personalities; all shaped into a satire from daily life experiences, and tells a story of how to make lemonade from lemons." In this case, it's from cake.The Carson Valley Community Theatre's new production is the 'Red Velvet Cake War' opening this weekend at the CVIC Hall.

"This production is a quaint glimpse into a small Texas town whose residents wear their quirks in plain sight," said Dana Lyn Blane who plays Elsa Dowdall, the psychologist. "Its humor and 'down-home' reality makes it interesting and fun."

The Red Velvet Cake War was created by playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten collectively known as JonesHopeWooten.

According to their website they are the most popular playwrights in the United States. Their comedies have received 4,000 productions with more than 35,000 performances across the country and around the world. They specialize in writing laugh-out-loud comedies and creating vivid and strong roles for women. They've written classic television, hit movies, Off Broadway comedy, and more published exclusively by Dramatics Play Service.

The Red Velvet Cake War was written after the success of their first trilogy, "The Futrelle Family Texas Trilogy."

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"Our fans all over America wanted more, more and more Futrelles," said the playwrights. "But we're a wee bit superstitious and didn't feel we should write a fourth Futrelle comedy."

The "Futrelle Trilogy" and "Red Velvet Cake War" are packed with Southern humor.

"We only write comedies, and with two of us being native Texans and one from North Carolina and having steeped ourselves with Southern humor, the Verdeens came to us naturally. We have populated the fictitious Texas county, McTwayne County, with another wacky and delightful family."

JonesHopeWooten is honored to have their comedy performed in Carson Valley.

"We have the greatest faith and belief in the value of good productions that are staged in community theatres," they said. "Community theatres are the backbone of American theatre and help keep it vibrant and alive. We salute CVCT and thank them for producing 'The Red Velvet Cake War' and would like to invite everyone in the area to leave your troubles and worries behind and come on down to the Carson Valley Community Theatre for loads of laughs and an evening of pure entertainment."

Cast List

Elsa- Dana Lynn Blane

Bitsy- Lucille Rao

Cee Cee- Michon Chandler

Peaches- Susan Squires

Jimmy Wy- Krista Jenkins

LaMerles- Sue Kuhn

Gaynelle- Diana Jones

Mama Doll- Penny Puente

Aubrey- Dick Van Buskirk

Newt- Mike Turte

Laurie- Rachelle Resnick

Purvis- Larry Lippman

Director- Jeff Basa

Producer- Ann Delahay

Set Builder- Ken Crosby

Set Design- Mary Ann Crosby

Stage Manager- Ryland Bradley.