Betsy Jaffe  Photo Credit: Art Kilmer

Jaffe to Perform with Essex Players

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Thursday January 30, 2014

South Burlington resident Betsy Jaffe will appear in the role of Lucille in the upcoming production of the The Cemetery Club with the Essex Community Players. The play is described as a delightful comedy by Ivan Menchell, produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The show is being produced by Art Kilmer and directed by Dick Hibbert. 

The Cemetery Club is the story of three Jewish widows who meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet-tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is overly proper and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene and takes a romantic interest in Ida. Conflicted, due to their varied personalities and stages of grief and healing, their poignant story unfolds through gentle comedy and lively dialog.

In addition to Betsy Jaffe as Lucille, cast members include Ramona Godfrey as Doris, Nancy Hale as Mildred, Robin Owens as Ida, and Josh Palace as Sam. 
Performances begin Thursday February 27, and run for two weeks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Performances all take place at Memorial Hall in Essex Center (located at the intersection of Routes 15 & 128 & Towers Road).

In keeping with the “Essex Community Players Gives Back” tradition, the charity for this production will be “COTS” (Committee on Temporary Shelter). All proceeds from refreshment sales during intermission will be donated to this very worthy cause. Since 1982, “COTS” has provided emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. 

Tickets may be purchased through Essex Community Players only. The Memorial Hall Box Office will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (beginning Saturday, February 15). 

For additional information, please call the box office at 878-9109 during box office hours.