Backyard Theater Ensemble

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BTE Presents

in Partnership with Hole in the Wall Theater


by Theresa Rebeck

November 1, 2, 8, 9 at 8 PM and November 3 at 2 PM
Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain



Stamp collecting is far riskier than you think. When their mother dies after an expensive illness and a lifetime of bad choices, two estranged half-sisters, Jackie and Mary, discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. Jackie tries to collect on the windfall, while Mary resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when shady, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own. Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius is a tightly-paced, surprising comedic thriller, a look at a seedy and rarified world of philatelic subterfuge, with a dark center of family pain. The five-way tug of war that ensues is sure to have audiences laughing and gasping throughout the two-act play.

"One wouldn't think that the subject of rare stamps would make for gripping, entertaining theater, but Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius proves otherwise…a well-made, engrossing and unpretentious play rarely encountered."  - The Hollywood Reporter

Mauritius is directed by Ryan Wantroba, most recently seen acting as Carlton in BTE’s The North Plan and directing Hole in the Wall’s production of Our House. Heading up the cast is Kailee Ostroski as the tentative and tenacious Jackie. She is joined by Chet Ostroski as the charming conniver, Dennis. Amy Petrucci plays the prissy yet odd sister Mary. Rounding out the cast are Doug Benham as Phillip, the brusque and arrogant stamp dealer, and Michael Vernon Davis as the “international business man” and thug of a collector, Sterling.

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