The Red Velvet Cake War
Southern baked comedy written by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope
n this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousinsGaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvettecould not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having accidentally crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husbands girlfriends doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if its time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatleys Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgums newest widower. But the cousins cant back out of the reunion now. Its on, Gaynelles hosting it, and Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided that its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelles sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbors pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, youll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!
The Red Velvet Cake War is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Directed by Bruce Leister