The Sierra County Arts Council and the local community theater group The Sierra Turnpike Players present The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt, or… Always Wash Your Long Johns ‘Cause it Makes a Lotta Cents, a hilarious melodrama by Tim Kelly.
The setting for this new community theater production is the gold mining town of Downieville itself, a place where the gold digging past echoes through the canyons and gold dust rises from the cracks in the floorboards of its Victorian buildings.
For generations miners have plied the hills and streams around Downieville in search of promised treasure. Tales are told of fortunes found and lost and found again, sometimes in the most unlikely places. Such is the story of Olympia Klenz, owner of the Tub ‘n Scrub and our heroine, laundress Sweet Sally. Be prepared to boo and hiss as the evil plot of villain Phineas Flatworm unfolds. Ooh and aah as love blossoms and goodness prevails. And don’t forget to duck as the water spurts and the soap flies.
Laundries are big business in Downieville, and the “Tub and Scrub,” owned by Olympia Klenz, an especially lucrative one — which is why villain Phineas Flatworm is determined to own it himself. Will hard-working laundress Sweet Sally, our heroine, and handsome Sheriff Jack B. Nimble, our hero, be able to thwart scheming Phineas and his evil cohorts Lola Lola and Mrs. Mugwump? Come find out at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville March 18, 19, and 20, 2011 and be prepared to cheer, boo, and howl with laughter at this wacky production.
Show times are Friday, March 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the newly renovated historic Yuba Theatre in Downieville, California.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children, students, and seniors over 65, available at the door or in advance at Downieville Day Spa or Sierra Hardware in Downieville or Sierra Country Store in Sierra City.
About Tim Kelly
Tim Kelly’s first stage play, Widow’s Walk, was published in the 1960′s, at the same time his A Darker Flower opened at New York’s Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston’s Image Theatre, and Die Blum in Germany. For the rest of his life, he kept up a steady flow of amazingly diverse work, with well over 350 plays currently in print and in continuous production. During his life, Kelly received countless honors for his playwriting including seven major university awards and grants.
About the Sierra Turnpike Players
The Sierra Turnpike Players have been presenting local community theater in Sierra County since 1994. The group’s first play, Strange Tales of the Sierra Turnpike Players, was performed in the one room, Goodyears Bar Schoolhouse, four miles downriver from Downieville. In 1996, in cooperation with the Yuba Theatre owners, Sierra County Arts Council volunteers renovated the theate,r transforming it into a performing arts venue where the Sierra Turnpike Players have performed ever since. The Yuba Theatre, through state and local funding, has recently been renovated, upgrading its heating and air-conditioning system and also adding improvements to better serve Americans with disabilities.