“St Georges Blues”
A second chance at love collides with unlikely events to create a national music festival in a small country town.
Saint Georges Blues is a contemporary comedy-drama that deals with small town personalities confronted by the “new people” bringing change to a small Chesapeake and Delaware Canal town. The protagonist, Marge, a long time resident of Saint Georges wants to own the only business in town, Saint Georges Country Store. It’s up for sale. Divorced with two grown kids, and an elderly aunt with Alzheimer’s, Marge can’t afford it. Joe, a Delaware Bay river boat pilot, is in love with Marge. He has the bucks but is Marge willing to take a chance on marriage after her 20 year marriage and a rough divorce? Joe is very persuasive and has big plans. She accepts. Everything is looking great and then fate steps in.
This new play by Earl Lewin, produced by BC Productions, will have its world premier at Church Hill Theatre September 29 through October 9, 2016. The play, a true story, is a tribute to Joe Michini and his wife Marge and to their success, working with Gary Cogdell and Gene Fontana, in bringing Rhythm and Blues to Saint Georges Country Store. It follows the love story, events, and tragedy that turned a country store into a recognized East Coast music venue and created a nationally recognized yearly Rhythm and Blues Festival in a Chesapeake and Delaware Canal town.
Church Hill Theatre has collaborated with Mr. Lewin in the past, providing a venue for original scripts including two musicals She Stoops to Conquer, The Musical, and Celluloid, both featuring musical scores by Dick Durham. Celluloid played Off Broadway in 2010. Most recently, BC Productions presented Mr. Lewin’s romantic comedy, Visiting Sam in 2014 and in 2015, a murder mystery, Accidentally Wealthy.
Saint Georges Blues will be performed September 29th through October 9th 2016 at 8 pm Thursdays thru Saturdays, a special 2 PM matinee will be performed on Saturday October 1st followed by the 8 PM evening performance. A matinee will be performed at 2 pm on Sunday October 9th. All tickets, $15, are cash or check only and may be reserved in advance through the CHT Office, or purchased 45 minutes prior to the performance at the Box Office. Reservations are suggested. Call Church Hill Theatre at 410 556 6003.