Possum Point Players to bring work of playwrights Jones, Hope, and Wooten to Christmas Show

"Christmas Belles" runs Dec. 6 through 15
November 15, 2013

The Possum Point Players and director Charlie Meyer of Lewes are busy readying their upcoming holiday show, "Christmas Belles," written by prolific playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

"Christmas Belles" is being performed at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Rd., Georgetown at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7, 13, and 14 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15. Tickets are $23 for adults and $22 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale at or by calling the PPP ticketline at 302-856-4560.

Jones, Hope, and Wooten are three of the most produced playwrights in America today with over 2,500 productions and counting. They have entertained millions on television, in film and on stages across the U.S. and around the world. Between them, they've written classic television, hit movies and hysterical plays.

Jones coauthored the off-Broadway Southern-fried funeral comedy, "Dearly Departed," which has become a perennial theater favorite across the U.S. and around the world. She also cowrote its hit feature film adaptation, "Kingdom Come," which was released by Fox Searchlight Films and starred LL Cool J and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg.

Hope, winner of the Texas New Playwrights' Award, was director of casting for Theatre Communications Group in New York, N.Y.; The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Ill. and ABC Television in New York and Los Angeles, Calif. With Jones, he wrote for the Emmy-winning Disney television series "Teacher's Pet," starring Tony Award winner Nathan Lane. Together with Jones and Wooten, Nicholas wrote for USA, WB, UPN, SYFY, Nickelodeon and Fox.

Wooten was a writer and producer for many seasons of the classic television series "The Golden Girls," where he won the Writers Guild of America Award. He co-created the CBS series, "The Five Mrs. Buchanans" starring Oscar winner Eileen Heckart and Tony winners Judith Ivey and Harriet Harris. He was the executive producer of the Fox comedy, "The Crew," NBC's "For Your Love" and UPN's "Half & Half." A Billboard Award-winning songwriter, Wooten has written tunes for television and film.

Cast members include Jill Lewandowski of Bridgeville; Marsha Shull, Frankford; Cat Timko, Georgetown; Doug Friend, Matt King and Ron Pakula of Lewes; Karen Fitzpatrick of Magnolia; Dan Payne of Rehoboth Beach; Julia Free and E.J. Panico of Seaford; and Susan McCoy of Selbyville. Esther Friend of Lewes is assistant to the director.

The story revolves around a church Christmas program which spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

"Christmas Belles" is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.