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Ham Sandwich returning to stage with new show in November

Stage group planning first production in over 18 months
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After a pandemic-induced layoff, the Ham Sandwich drama troupe will be back next month with their first new performance in over 18 months.

The group plans to present Ripcord by playwright David Lindsay-Abaire at a pair of shows, held Nov. 19-20 at the R.H. Channing Auditorium.

The production is set at the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, where the curmudgeonly Abby has to share her room with newcomer Marilyn. Both women make a wager with each other that has long-lasting consequences, leading through the events of much of the show, described by its publisher as a “glorious and biting new comedy” with elements of absurdity.

The cast list has not been released for the show, but rehearsals are officially underway for opening night. Beth Heine has been tasked with directing the production, the first of two this winter that the Ham Sandwich group is planning to hold. A second, as of yet unconfirmed show is slated to take place in March. The troupe has been off the stage since its production of the show Shock Corridor in March 2020, held not long before widespread COVID-19 transmission led to restrictions on group sizes and public gatherings.

The show will include a limited cast - only six actors in total - and a technical crew. All current COVID-19 health orders and restrictions will apply for the performance.