Ad Hoc Brings Original Works to Possums

by Dave on February 4, 2009

On Sunday, February 15 the Ad Hoc Touring Company will bring a double Valentine gift to theatre-goers at Possum Point Players at Possum Hall in Georgetown.

The 2PM matinee will feature two original one act plays by Ad Hoc member, Dick Rosse, “Winston’s Will,” a mystery and “The Voice of God”, the story of an Old Time Radio performance group.

Rosse, former senior news correspondent for Mutual and NBC radio networks, says of the mystery, “It began as a little tale involving the progeny of a rich and famous father whom the offspring cordially despise. The Father reciprocates their loathing. Both father and children have murderous intent. And the whole venomous story plays out against the backdrop of a ferocious rain storm in a creepy mansion.”

The second play, according to Rosse, contains no villainous people. These are average folks, getting along in years, who love nothing better than going on local stages to perform old time radio shows. Rosse claims “this is entirely fictional, with no resemblance to real people or events.”

Rosse retired to coastal Delaware from Washington, DC after a long-time career in broadcast news. He says of his new found interest in play writing, “I’d made my living writing and speaking for nearly sixty years, then suddenly ten years ago found myself retired. No place to go in the morning. No breaking news to cover. Retirement had created a vacuum that I felt compelled to fill. I did it by writing a newspaper column for local papers and airing radio essays for National Public Radio station WSCL.”

Listeners can catch Rosse’s commentary on “Morning Report.” Rosse goes on to explain that since he wrote for most of his life, he found it easy to write about the way people talk, and that interest in dialogue brought him to playwriting.

Rosse will direct “Winston’s Will,” featuring local players George Spillane, Jim and Linda Killion, Sharon Gambill and Doug Friend, all known to Possum’s stage. Maureen Downing, head of the Ad Hoc group will direct “The Voice of God.”

Featured players are Mel Kampmann, Pat Erhardt, Ruth Mankin, Roger Ault, Peter Shott, Frank Frey, Jean Savoy and Andy Stasny, all regular Ad Hoc radio players.

At the intermission, Art Curley, well known local musician, will conduct an old time radio trivia quiz for a prize. There will also be humorous skits on the bill including the well loved spoof of the bureaucracy, “Social Security.”

The Ad Hoc Touring Company is an all volunteer group performing in the Cape area for the past twelve years. They perform at senior centers, civic clubs, churches and other venues and have openings for bookings for the coming season.

For information about scheduling the group, call Peter Shott at 302-226-0196.

Possum Point Players will ask for a $6.00 contribution at the door the day of the show. For reservations or ticket information, call 302-856-4560.

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