Uptown Players Presents DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS 4/23-5/16

Uptown Players continues its ninth season with the regional premiere of the musical comedy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, at the historic Kalita Humphreys Theater, former home of the Dallas Theater Center.

Based on the popular 1988 MGM film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera - the suave and sophisticated Lawrence Jameson (Bob Hess), who makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money and a small-time crook named Freddy Benson (Jimmy Hays Nelson), who, more humbly, swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. When it becomes apparent that the Riviera isn't big enough for the both of them, they make a winner-take-all wager over the fortunes of a naïve American soap heiress (Catherine Carpenter Cox). The first one to "clean her out" can make the other clear out and keep the Riviera and its unsuspecting tourists to himself. A hilarious battle of cons ensues, that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end.

The cast also features Lon D. Barrera as Andre, Noelle Stanley as Muriel, and Marqui Maresca and features an ensemble that includes Sergio Antonio Garcia, Katharine Gentsch, Michelle Hames, Carlos Gomez, Whitney Hennen, Drew Kelly, Jessica Maxey, Kelly McCain, Jason Moody, Dana Taylor, and Thomas Renner. The production is under the direction of Cheryl Denson, with choreography by Vicki Squires and musical direction by Scott A. Eckert.

The production runs April 23 through May 16, 2010, with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. There is no matinee April 25, but there is an added performance at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Performances take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd (entrance off Blackburn), Dallas, TX 75219. Tickets are $30-40 and can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at (214) 219-2718.

Uptown Players made the move to the historic Kalita Humphreys Theater in January and will now be presenting its entire 2010 season in this larger venue. The remaining productions include the regional premiere of Paul Rudnick's comedy Regrets Only, and the hysterical parody Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, along with the U.S. premiere of the Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven. For more information, visit www.uptownplayers.org.

About Uptown Players
Now entering its ninth season, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following with an annual audience base of more than 12,000 patrons, including nearly 1,000 season subscribers. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including more than 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, several hundred "The Column" Awards and 15 Theatre Critics Forum Awards in its first seven seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers Awards for the past three years and by the Dallas Observer in 2004 and 2005. Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.

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