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Pack of Lies

by Hugh Whitemore
Directed by Sarah Merkey

Feb. 13 & 14, 2015 at 8:00pm
Feb. 20 & 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
Feb. 27 & 28, 2015 at 8:00pm
Feb. 22 & Mar. 1, 2015 at 2:00pm

Sean Brinker, Linda Farley, Joyce Leahy, Ellie Levine, Casey Merkey, Molly Watson, Edwin Williams, & Marla Williams

Based on a true story, this play focuses on an average housewife in 1961 Cold War London and how her life of unravels when her best friend is accused of being a spy. Barbara and Bob Jackson are a typical English couple, living in the suburbs with their daughter Julie. They enjoy a friendship with their outgoing Canadian neighbors, Helen and Tom Kroger ‐ until suddenly one day a British intelligence agent arrives and seeks the Jacksons' cooperation in investigating the Krogers, who are suspected of being undercover Soviet agents. Bob and Barbara struggle over how much to cooperate with British intelligence, knowing that their friends could soon be charged with espionage. Barbara, especially, is greatly torn between her duty of friendship vs her duty to Queen and country.

Suitable for ages 13 and up due to themes.

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Curtain Players Mark and Betty Peters are this year's recipients of the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable's Phantom of the Theatre Award, recognizing unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to sustain local theatre efforts.

Theatre Roundtable presented its annual awards night Sunday January 25 at the Columbus Jewish Community Center, and the Peterses were present for the surprise announcement.

​The nomination, submitted by the Curtain Players board, reads in part:

“… not everyone realizes the major impact Mark and Betty’s engagement has…

“Betty Peters has been pivotal to Curtain Players in its box office operations. … over the years personally maintaining patron relationships she has cultivated on the theatre’s behalf. She navigates technological updates in ticketing along with shifting leadership changes and protocols … advocating for Players patrons and teaching new volunteers to master the level of customer service Curtain audiences have come to expect.

As rehearsal assistant for nearly every production, Betty devotes long hours at the playhouse following scripts for actors. And, like a phantom, Betty magically produces accurate line notes for cast members before the sun rises the next morning.

Mark Peters is the technician, a designer and board operator for many productions, but also a caretaker (and sometimes jury-rigger) for the light and sound equipment and the building itself, as well as a teacher for those new to stagecraft.

Together, Mark and Betty are the theatre’s archivists … As players come and go with successive opening nights, they keep track of the traffic, the governance, and the ephemera, researching and preserving a legacy of local theatre ...

Mark and Betty Peters are not only phantoms at Curtain Players. The couple frequently haunts many Central Ohio venues ... they have also fostered introductions that have led to cooperative partnerships for their home theatre.

Theatres, particularly community theatres, cannot succeed without volunteers and patrons like Mark and Betty Peters, and Curtain Players is proud and honored to have these originals in our ‘community in theatre.’”