Written by Samm-Art Williams (“Martin,” “Fresh Prince of Belair”), “The Dance on Widow’s Row” is a situation comedy via a two-act theater production.
It’s also a fan favorite of Baton Rouge’s UpStage Theatre Company audience.
It’s the story of four wealthy widows living in fictional Port Town, North Carolina, all willing to defy small-town gossip when they invite the area’s most eligible bachelors to an intimate soiree for eight. However, only three men show up and how the evening ends is what audience members will remember most.
Producing the show for a third season, company owner Ava Brewster Turner said the show gets funnier every year.
“It’s a hilarious show and I know the audience will enjoy it,” she said. “With each cast, different actors will bring a different flavor to it. There are no changes in the script or anything, it just gets funnier each time we present it.”
Remarking on the different cast members’ presentations of their characters, Turner also noted two returning actors are in their original roles. Appearing for the third year is Brittany Tanner, and for her second reprisal, Krystal Blatcher.
“Each time, you know the story, but each cast, even with returning members, brings a different flavor,” Turner said again.
“I want the audience to go with us to the fictitious town of Port Town, but it has that down home Southern feel that the audience can relate to.”
UpStage’s first run of “The Dance on Widow’s Row” was July 2012. It was then performed in Alexandria for the Alexandria Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Jabberwock, again as an audience favorite at UpStage during the 2013 season, and once more on June 14 as a dinner theater for Baton Rouge Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Proceeds from this run of “The Dance on Widow’s Row” will benefit UpStage Theatre’s Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded in 2016 to a graduating high school senior pursuing a major in the performing arts.