‘Saint George’s House’ at Smyrna Opera House

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SMYRNA, DEL. — BC Pro­duc­tions an­nounces the per­for­mance of “Saint Ge­orges Blues,” the con­tem­po­rary comedy-drama in two acts, will wrap up it pre­miere at Church Hill The­atre with a fi­nal per­for­mance at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Smyrna Opera House, 7 West South St.

The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and a cash bar will be avail­able.

The script is a true tale and trib­ute to Joe Mi­chini and his wife Marge. The play fol­lows the love story, events and tragedy that turned a coun­try store into a rec­og­nized East Coast music venue and cre­ated a na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized, an­nual Rhythm and Blues Fes­ti­val in this Ch­e­sa­peake and Delaware Canal town.

Earl Lewin, a pub­lished play­wright, hav­ing had two one act plays pub­lished by Baker’s Plays, brings his ex­pe­ri­ence to di­rect­ing his own script.

Saint Ge­orges Blues is a con­tem­po­rary com­e­dy­drama that deals with small town per­son­al­i­ties con­front- ed by the “come-heres” who bring change to the small Ch­e­sa­peake and Delaware Canal town.

The pro­tag­o­nist, Marge (por­trayed by Peggy Chi­ras), a long­time res­i­dent of Saint Ge­orges wants to own the only busi­ness in town, Saint Ge­orges Coun­try Store. It’s up for sale. Di­vorced with two grown chil­dren and an el­derly aunt with Alzheimer’s (por­trayed by Jane Jewell), Marge can’t af­ford it.

Joe (played by Steve Haz­zard), a Delaware River pi­lot with a taste for good scotch and a knack for Ca­jun cook­ing, is in love with Marge. He has the re­sources, but does Marge have the courage to take a chance on com­mit­ment after the col­lapse of her 20-year mar­riage and its sub­se­quent rocky di­vorce?

Joe is very per­sua­sive and has big plans. She ac­cepts. Every­thing is look­ing great and then fate steps in and takes them, their friends, and the whole town in new di­rec­tions.

Lewin tells this mov­ing tale pop­u­lated by real peo- ple who spawned real events with a sea­soned lo­cal cast in­clud­ing Peggy Chi­ras as Marge.

Por­tray­ing Marge’s charm­ing, if de­mented, aunt is Kathy Jones who is well­known to Eastern Shore au­di­ences through her per­for­mances with CHT.

The Coun­try Store staff grows when Jen comes to town look­ing for a wait­ress­ing gig. Jenise “Jen” Guthrie is played by Michelle Christo­pher.

Por­tray­ing Jen’s fa­ther-in­law and Marge and Joe’s bur­geon­ing busi­ness part­ner Garry Cogdell is Chris Rogers.

Joe’s friend with the true busi­ness ac­u­men and con­nec­tions is Gene, played by John Haas.

Call 302-653-4236 or visit www. brown­pa­pertick­ets. com/event/2600389 for reser­va­tions.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Steve Haz­zard, as Joe Mi­chini, and Peggy Chi­ras, in the role of Marge, and the eclec­tic crew who as­sem­bled at Saint George’s Coun­try Store will per­form the play of the same name at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Smyrna Opera House lo­cated at 7 West South St., Smyrna, Del.

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