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Readers’ Theater at Oliver Art Center

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June 11, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Readers’ Theater at Oliver Art Center June 11 

The Glen Arbor Art Association’s Readers’ Theater is bringing another stellar performance to Oliver Art Center. On Saturday June 11 at 7:30 pm, Readers’ Theater will present Damon Runyon’s Madame La Gimp, directed by Celeste Crouch.

Damon Runyon in a New York Minute by Celeste Crouch is a brief prelude to the play Madame La Gimp. In dramatic form it highlights Damon Runyon’s journey from sports writer to the legendary American writer he is considered today. Characters from Runyon’s famous short stories and the Runyon biographer, Jimmy Breslin, tell the tale of Runyon’s switch from sports writing to fiction and how he came to incorporate the New York mob as subject matter for his renowned and hilarious short stories.

A down-on-her-luck New York fruit seller named Apple Annie (Madame La Gimp) has the shock of her life when she learns her long-separated daughter is coming with her fiance and his parents from Spain to meet her. It seems that Apple Annie has been characterizing herself in her letters as a wealthy aristocrat. Because one of her steady customers, gangster Dave the Dude, believes she is his good luck charm, he decides to extend the charade by helping Annie pose as a New York socialite, leading to a hilarious tale of the mob play- acting rich law-abiding citizens.

This performance is free and open to the public and takes place at Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, Michigan.

Parking at Oliver Art Center is limited. Overflow parking can be found along the east side of Second Street, which leads to Oliver Art Center, as well as on Main Street. Parking is prohibited in the adjacent lots of Harbor Lights, The United States Coast Guard Station, and at other condominiums.

The Oliver Art Center exhibit will be open to the public Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Mary’s Gift Gallery is open all year round, during normal gallery hours. Please visit www.oliverartcenterfrankfort.org or contact 231-352-4151 for more information.