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Carrollwood Players’ drama focuses on family greed

Coming to the stage at Carrollwood Players Theatre, 4333 Gunn Highway on March 11 through 26, is “Getting the Gold,” a play that tells the story of 80-year-old matriarch Cammy Campbell. She has money — lots of it — and a goal to survive a birthday celebration surrounded by her seemingly loving, civilized family.

The title “Getting the Gold” may be nondescript, but the underbelly of P.J. Barry’s three-generational drama is old-fashioned murderous greed. It’s what happens when Barry strips away the thin veneer of propriety and the ugly truth slips out.

Character eccentricities and soap opera situations showcase the talents of several new and returning actors.

Directed by MaryKay Cyrus and produced by Jennifer Martin, the murder mystery stars Jeaux Brown, Marie Harwell, Casey Hempel, Mark William Myers and Mary Trzcinski.

“MaryKay Cyrus has done a terrific job of casting players new to the Carrollwood Stage. Only one has performed with us before,” said Martin. “This cast, bursting with fresh faces, brings the well-crafted play to life … but don’t be fooled, these characters may be plotting nefarious deeds.”

Cyrus explained directing “Getting the Gold” made her think of politics.

“For some reason, as I was directing this wonderfully intricate play, I couldn’t help thinking about the current election year process where it seems some people will do or say anything to get what they want,” Cyrus said. “Are the motivations of the Campbell family merely greed or is it the longtime, but growing trend of “Me First” that adds to their dysfunction?”

Barry’s strong dialogue, strengthened by a talented cast, makes the audience intrigued by the (not so) loving Campbell family.

“As complicated as the relationships may be, I do know that I have been blessed with a cast that captured my vision of each character and worked diligently to bring the Campbell family to life,” said Cyrus. “I hope that we are successful in unraveling the family mysteries and that you are enthralled during the process.”

“Getting the Gold” runs March 11 - 26. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20. Senior, student and military discount tickets are $17. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

Tickets are available at www .carrollwoodplayers.org. For group reservations for parties of 10 or more, email boxoffice@carroll woodplayers.org.

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