TAP Presents “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

Tred Avon Players (TAP) is presenting the Broadway drama “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” by Neil Simon, on October 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and November 1, 2 and 3 at the Oxford Community Center. Ed Langrell is the director and John Perkinson is the assistant director.

Edna and Mel are a struggling, middle-aged couple living in New York City. Mel has just lost his job, the walls of their apartment are much too thin, and the city is in the middle of a heat wave. Their troubles escalate when Mel suffers a nervous breakdown. Mel becomes slightly paranoid, the apartment is robbed, and their neighbors, well, they don’t help matters much. Throughout it all, Edna does her best to support her husband, even getting a job of her own after Mel is fired. Mel’s siblings are called in as backup. Quickly, in a crowded apartment in the most crowded city in the world, all hell breaks loose, and it becomes apparent that it is up to the loving care of his brother Harry, his sisters, and Edna to restore Mel to a firm reality.

Leigh Marquess and Steve Ford portray Edna and Mel, and the siblings are portrayed by Barbara Mann as Pearl, Maire McArdle as Jessie, Susan Patterson as Pauline, and John Norton as Harry.

Performance dates are October 24, 25, 26, 27, 31 and November 1, 2, and 3. Performance times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, and $11 for students (fees included). October 24 is Half Price Preview Thursday. For tickets, go to TredAvonPlayers.com or call 410-226-0061.

The Oxford Community Center is located at 200 Oxford Road. Tred Avon Players is sponsored, in part, by revenues from the Talbot County Arts Council, which is funded by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Tred Avon Players is presenting Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” with local actors Susan Patterson (top, left), John Norton, Maire McArdle, Barbara Mann, Leigh Marquess (seated, left) and Steve Ford.
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