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ELVIS at Pioneer Playhouse!

Elvis01_smPioneer Playhouse of Danville, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theatre, finishes up its regular 2017 summer play season with Elvis Has Left the Building, a hilarious comedy by the mother-son duo, V. Cate and Duke Ernsberger, creators of such hits as Dracula Bites and Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell.

It’s December 20th, 1970, and Elvis Presley has disappeared. No one, not even his wily manager, The Colonel, knows of his whereabouts. But the Colonel is all shook up because he has racked up a secret debt — and with the King himself missing, the only way to pay it off is to find an Elvis impersonator within 24 hours. Hijinks ensue as the Colonel takes desperate measures to replace a man who is irreplaceable, all while keeping the prying eyes of a nosy reporter at bay and figuring out what happened to the real Elvis.

Elvis02_sm“We’ve had a lot of success with this playwriting duo in the past,” says Robby Henson, Artistic Director of Pioneer Playhouse, and son of founder, Eben C. Henson. “Patrons still remember Dracula Bites, still talk about how funny it was. And they still talk about how a few actors re-enacted all of Gone with the Wind in a hilarious way on stage in Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell. We knew a play based on a kernel of truth – the day Elvis actually did disappear in 1970 — but taken into a totally fictional and ridiculously silly direction would really work at the Playhouse.”

Robert Sean Parker (who was last seen as numerous characters including the villain in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery) portrays The Colonel while Liam McDermott (Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes play) and Dalton Graves (Dr. Mortimer and other characters) will be the Colonel’s associate and assistant who unwittingly get hypnotized into thinking they are actually “the King.” Rounding out the cast is Patricia Hammond as the Colonel’s long suffering secretary, and Erika S. Lee as a nosy reporter trying to get a scoop on Elvis’s true whereabouts. 

Elvis03_smJ. Richey Nash, who starred as Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, is directing. Nash is a Kentucky native, son of legendary UK basketball player, Cotton Nash, and also a former professional baseball player (Padres, Twins, White Sox) turned actor and filmmaker. His feature film, Hitting the Cycle, which he wrote, directed, and starred in alongside veteran actor and Oscar nominee, Bruce Dern, won many awards including Best Dramatic Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival in New York City.

Elvis Has Left the Building runs from August 8-August 19, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 pm. A home-cooked dinner featuring hickory-smoked BBQ pulled pork or chicken, and farm-fresh sides is served at 7:30 pm each evening before the show. (Vegetarian option is available if ordered 24 hours in advance.) A bar serving wine, beer, and mixed drinks will be open for those 21 and over. Reservations are recommended for the show, required for dinner. (Dinner & Show: $32; Show Only: $18.)