Mauritius by Theresa Rebeck
Presented with permission by Samuel French, Inc.
Director: Amanda Megyesi-McCave
November 7-22, Black Box Theater
THE RANKIN FILE PRODUCTION
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The criminal underworld of stamp collectors exposed—who even knew that existed? Theresa Rebeck’s play, Mauritius, pits two estranged half-sisters against each other when they discover their mother has left them two rare stamps that have, in turn, left philatelists the world over (including three who figure prominently in this comedy) all grabbing and snatching for ownership. The survival of the fittest–or of the fastest in the race—makes for tension-filled scenes of betrayal and frustration, very like scenes penned by Rebeck for TV shows such as “NYPD Blue” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”.
“A taut, twisty little thriller….” Seattle Times
Dawn Nickerson (Jackie) sister who stayed home to care for parents
Kristin Mayer (Mary) sister who left for boarding school and never returned. Until now.
Stephen Daem (Philip) owner of stamp store
Travis Kuehn (Dennis) collector/ hustler/ associated with Sterling
Vincent Raye (Sterling) mobster/ stamp collector
A thriller that exposes the criminal underworld of stamp collecting opens Friday at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts.
No, that’s no typo. “Mauritius” is a thriller about stamp collecting, pitting two half-sisters against each other.
The play, running through Nov. 22, was written by Theresa Rebeck.
The sisters discover their mother has left them rare stamps that have philatelists the world over, including three who figure prominently in this comedy, all grabbing and snatching for ownership.
The survival of the fittest — or of the fastest in the race — makes for tension-filled scenes of betrayal and frustration, very much like scenes penned by Rebeck for TV series such as “NYPD Blue” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.”
“Mauritius,” directed by Amanda Megyesi-McCave, is this season’s Rankin File production. The Rankin File, named after Montana legislator Jeannette Pickering Rankin, celebrates women in the theatrical arts: playwrights, directors, producers, actresses, designers, technicians and administrators.
Donors may join the Rankin File and see a sneak preview of “Mauritius” on Thursday by donating at least $50 to NOVA for the support of Rankin File productions. The evening will include an opportunity to hear from director Amanda Megyesi-McCave about the play and the process of producing it. Wine and desserts will be served.
The veteran cast includes: Dawn Nickerson and Kristin Mayer as the sisters; Vincent Raye, Travis Kuehn and newcomer Stephen Daem as the scheming stamp collectors. Kyle Trott designed the set.
Tickets are available online at NOVAbillings.org or by calling the NOVA box office at 406-591-9535. The NOVA box office, 2317 Montana Ave., is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday for ticket purchases.