'Midsummer Melodrama' bringing high drama to Danville

Town Green will present 'Dirty Work at the Crossroads' one weekend only

The town of Danville will be hosting some high drama, virtuous heroes and sinful villains, as it presents a “Midsummer Melodrama” at the Town Green next weekend.

Melodramas are sensational dramatic plays with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to a wide range of emotions, all accompanied by a live musical underscoring. Organizers encourage audience members to interact with actors by “cheering the heroes, booing and hissing at the villains, and joining together to sing beloved, traditional songs.”

The featured show will be an interpretation of playwright Bill Johnson’s “Dirty Work at the Crossroads,” directed by Danville’s own Eric Fraisher Hayes.

"Dirty Work at the Crossroads" tells the story of Nellie Lovelace, an innocent young country girl who lives with her mother on the family farm. Nellie’s peaceful existence is threatened when the villainous Munro Murgatroyd hatches a scheme to steal the Lovelace farm from her mother and claim if for himself.

The melodrama features a wacky cast of characters including Murgatroyd notorious sidekick Ida Rhinegold, the brave but simple blacksmith Adam Oakhart, and the even simpler ranch hand Mookie Maguggins.

The play is free to all and will be shown at 4 p.m. July 14 and 15, on the Danville Town Green, 420 Front St.

"A Midsummer Melodrama" is being presented by the town of Danville and Windows to America with support from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.


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Posted by Peter Petroski
a resident of Danville
on Jul 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm

MidSummer Melodrama is a delightful way for the entire family to spend a late afternoon.
Kudos to Eric Hayes and the superb cast !
Bring your rotten tomatoes to throw at the deserving villians and your cheers for all.

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