Pioneer Playhouse announces 2010 season

John Dilinger in an early wanted poster. Did he once sleep in Danville. Image from

John Dilinger in an early wanted poster. Did he once sleep in Danville? Image from

A world premier by Danville playwright Elizabeth Orndorff highlights the Pioneer Playhouse‘s 2010 season.

“The Dillinger Dilemma” is a comedy inspired by the local legend that gangster John Dillinger – who was just played on the big screen by Kentucky native Johnny Depp this summer in “Public Enemies” – spent a night in Danville’s Gilcher Hotel. According to the Pioneer Playhouse’s newsletter, Orndorff’s play, “explores old gossip in new and surprising ways.”

Orndorff had an award-winning hit that explored another local legend a few years ago with “Death by Darkness.” That play, which won top honors at Owensboro’s International Mystery Writers Festival and was subsequently presented by Pioneer Playhouse, keyed off the rumor that author Charles Dickens once visited Mammoth Cave.

“Dillinger” will play July 13 to 24.

The rest of the schedule is heavy on plays that look at the ups and downs and quirks of marriage.

June 11-26: “A Nice Family Gathering” by Phil Olson – A man decides to tell his wife he loves her, after he’s died. He plans his ghostly visit for a family gathering, but she’s invited a date.

June 29-July 10: “Miranda: The Catch of the Day” by Peter Blackmore – A doctor goes fishing and catches a mermaid. What will his wife say?

Holly Henson.

Holly Henson.

July 27-Aug. 7: “For Better” by Eric Coble – Here’s one for that couple on YouTube that took time out of their wedding ceremony to update their Facebook statuses to “Married.” This is a play about a texting, tweeting, e-mailing pair that, according to the newsletter, raises the question, do you have to be in the same room to exchange vows? Pioneer Playhouse artistic director Holly Henson stars in this one.

Aug 10-21: “Run for Your Wife” by Ray Cooney – A cab driver tries to maintain two wives on opposite sides of town, but his double life is in danger of being exposed.

Aug. 26-28: “Big Daddy’s Barbecue . . . (or: It’s Okay to be Married)” – A one-man show by Jeff Wayne in which he plays a guy at his barbecue grill contemplating life, marriage, kids and how to get out of going to the opera.

Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for shows only, $27 for dinner and the show. Call 1-866-597-5297 for reservations.

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