Starlite Players are “Skirting the Law” with four comedies about people playing the angles (badly), Short, dead-on deadly comedies run June 16-19 in the Starlite Room

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Starlite Players are “Skirting the Law” with four comedies about people playing the angles (badly)


Short, dead-on deadly comedies run June 16-19 in the Starlite Room



SARASOTA, FL: Starlite Players invite audiences to laugh as they watch criminals learn the hard—and hilarious—way that justice isn’t always blind. The occasion is “Skirting the Law,” a collection of four short comedies presented on Thursday through Saturday, June 16-17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the casual, intimate theater upstairs at The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Avenue.


The four comedies are:

“‘Honest Abe’ Mazulu” by Stephen Cooper.  Abraham Mazulu (Michael Kinsey), Minister of Corruption Control from Gabongo, visits a Swiss Bank to get the names of Gabongan citizens who have been illegally exporting money. The bank director (Joseph Giglio) refuses and the secretary David (Philip Troyer) is of no help, forcing Mazulu to take strong action. The play, directed by Ken Erickson, was and was inspired by the short story “Clean Sweep Ignatius” by Jeffrey Archer, a former member of Parliament, and published in “Best Ten-Minute Plays, 2011.”


“Killer Date” by David Abolafia. An off-kilter killer-for-hire on a blind date has a contract that needs to be . . . executed. Will it be a “meet cute” or deadly encounter for Pete (Joseph Rebella) and Gabriela (Grace Vitale)? That first step toward romance can be murder. Just ask their waitress (Lauren Ward). Jamie Lee Butrum directs the premiere production of this walk on the deadly side.


“Gram Scams” by Cary Pepper. Gram (Betty Robinson) answers the phone to hear, “This is Michael. Your grandson. In Canada. I was in an accident and I need $15,000.” What loving grandma could resist?  Will Gram fall for the pitch from this scammer (Joseph Giglia)? Can her real grandson (Ren Pearson) rescue her?   Daniel Greene directs this comedy, which won the audience award at the

Theatre Oxford 2015 National 10-Minute Play Contest and was also produced in 2015 Short + Sweet Sydney (Sydney, Australia).


“Gunplay” by Jack Gilhooley. He (Ren Pearson) may have picked the wrong establishment to rob when he targeted (pun intended) her gun store. She (Lauren Ward) may have read this doofus right from the start. Mark Woodland directs the premiere of this comedy that makes us wonder if a mutual attraction to guns can result in a mutual attraction to one another.


Starlite Players stages an evening of short comedies for one weekend each month and has produced 37 plays with 150 performances since its debut in July 2015. Its focus is on theater professionals from the Tampa Bay area. Tickets at $17.50 include the four plays and a 15% discount on an optional pre- or post-show dinner at The Starlite Room. For show tickets and information:, [email protected], and 941.587.8290 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)  Also see the Starlite Players Facebook page. For dinner reservations: 941.702.5613. (Please note the spelling of “STARLITE.”)

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