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Cast of five takes the ETC stage for ‘Becky Shaw’

— Antonette Knoedl returns to lead the newest cast at the Essex Theatre Company in “Becky Shaw,” which opens to audiences Friday, Aug. 16.

“Becky Shaw,” is a 2008 play written by Gina Gionfriddo. The play centers around the title character, her blind date, and the married couple that connect the two, which puts into motion a series of strange events in the process.

Beth Abair plays the role of Shaw, while Matt Rock plays her blind date companion, Max. Evan Fazziola is Shaw’s co-worker, Andrew, while Emily Madan, who takes to the ETC stage after directing the July production, plays Andrew’s wife and friend to Becky, Suzanna. The cast is rounded out by Anne Marie Holzhauer, who plays Becky’s mother, Susan.

The play will be presented at the Essex Masonic Lodge (next to the ferry dock) starting Friday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., with additional night performances Aug. 17, Aug. 22, Aug. 23, and Aug. 24. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Aug. 18.

This performance does come with a parental advisory for adult language and content.

Tickets for “Becky Shaw” are $10 pre-pay and $12 at the door. For reservations, call 526-4520 or e-mail tickets@essextheatre.org. A non-refundable check for the correct amount must be received by ETC before date of the show by mailing ETC, P.O. Box 117, Essex, N.Y. 12936.

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