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Readers' Theatre

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Call My Dead Wife, Feb 25 and 26, 2023

Performances of Call My Dead Wife

on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 25 and 26, 2023


Yes! Our traditional Readers’ Theater is back.


We will be reading Call My Dead Wife, a recently published play by local playwright Hilary Bluestein-Lyons under the direction of Jerry Argetsinger.


There will be two performances of the play at the Penfield Community Center (1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, NY) in the Community Room.


  • Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m.

  • Sunday, February 26 at 2 p.m.


Both performances are free an dopen to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Concessions will be available for sale.


The play is based loosely on the life of Almon Strowger who lived in Penfield, NY, circa 1890. It tells the story of Mr. Strowger who leaves New York to take over a mortuary in Kansas and, in the process, comes up with a revolutionary invention. While this play is loosely based on fact, it is a fun romp through inventions and chicanery. It has it serious side as well as it deals with issues of loss and grief.

The cast for the play includes:


  • Aaron Duclos as Almon Strowger- a widower, inventor, former soldier, teacher, and principal, who leaves his life in Penfield, NY after the death of his wife. He has purchased a mortuary in Kansas City, Missouri.


  • Willow Knight as Susan Simmons - a young spinster, who sold the mortuary after the death of her parents but is staying on as caretaker. She is upright, moral, intelligent, and capable of running the mortuary, except for the fact that she is female.


  • Robert Miller as Walter Strowger -  Almon’s nephew. Smart and cheerful to a fault, he admires his uncle and understands him as no one else does. Though he has a degree in mathematics, he accompanies his uncle into the mortuary business.


  • Sean Dolan as Joseph Harris - a boisterous and bossy businessman. An accountant who used to practice law, he is deceitfully friendly and narcissistic.


  • Danielle Smith as Macie Harris -  the eccentric and none-too-bright wife of Joseph Harris.


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