Spotlight Theatre will present 3 performances of spooky short Halloween plays, showcasing works written by Delaware County residents

 October 20, 21 & 22*

“The evening came about thanks to Cathy Mostek, Spotlight Theatre’s

Photos by Rick Prieur

president. Gwen and I are really honored to have our plays there, and that the theatre is willing to showcase work by local writers,” Royal said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity and a unique space with talented actors.  I’m really grateful for the opportunity,” Gwen Armstrong-Barker added.

Works to be performed are:

A Wireless Message by Ambrose Bierce

Read by Barbara Bibby


Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, adapted by Margie Royal

Directed by Joel Guerrero and featuring John Barker, Cathy Mostek and Nancy Reeves


Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Margie Royal

Directed by Lauren Jones and featuring Elizabeth Balabayev, Jim Golden, Rob Kedra and Susan Triggiani


The Pale Man by Julius Long

Read by John Barker


The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Margie Royal

Directed by Jessica Bye Stinson featuring Elizabeth Balabayev , Rob Kedra and  Sarah Marley


The Disir by Margie Royal

Directed by Lisa Panzer and featuring Kim Garrison, Ann Prieur, and Betty Lou Roselle


The Inn by Bailey White

Read by Tracy Hawkins


Getaway by Gwen Armstrong-Barker

Directed by Gwen Armstrong-Barker and featuring Moriah Gornstein and Cathy Mostek


Scarecrow by Margie Royal

Directed by Lisa Panzer and featuring Kim Garrison and Betty Lou Roselle

*For all performances: Evenings at 8 PM – Tickets $15.00 / *Matinee at 2 PM – Tickets $12.00, Performances at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081. Tickets available at



‘Other Desert Cities’ at Players Club of Swarthmore Oct. 20-Nov. 4

The Players Club of Swarthmore continues its 107th season of award-winning community theater with Jon Robin Baitz’ play Other Desert Cities Oct.  20 – Nov.  4 on the Players Club of Swarthmore Main Stage, 614 Fairview Ave. in Swarthmore.  Thomas-Robert Irvin directs this smart, evocative, ensemble piece about a family holiday gathering gone awry.  Buy tickets online at

Family intrigue abounds. Cocktails are poured. Christmas Eve reservations are made and the zingers fly as liberal writer Brooke Wyeth (Emily-Grace Murray, Los Angeles) returns to her wealthy, conservative parents’ Palm Springs home toting an explosive, about-to-be-published tell-all memoir. While she’s ready to battle it out for their blessing to publish the book, nothing prepares her for what her parents have in store. This searing comedy-drama by Jon Robin Baitz (TV’s “Brothers and Sisters”) depicts a family struggling to keep their fragile façade from shattering.

In addition to Murray, who hails from Los Angeles, the cast includes Leigh Jacobs (Wynnewood) as Lyman Wyeth, Nancy Bennett (Bryn Mawr) as Polly Wyeth, Brandon Young (Secane) as Trip Wyeth, and Lorraine Barrett (Wynnewood) as Silda Grauman.

With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities “has the appeal of a Broadway hit from another age” (The New York Times). It premiered on Broadway in November 2011 and was deservedly singled out for a Pulitzer Prize and Tony nomination.

Other Desert Cities runs for 10 performances from Friday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Nov. 4Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m.Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.  Audiences can meet the artists in a talkback discussion after the Oct. 29 performance. Buy tickets either online at, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or at the door. For more information about PCS – including upcoming events, shows, ticketing and directions, visit