Aces Are Feverish opens at Masquers Theater
Masquers Theater, a playhouse in Soap Lake will host the world premiere of Spokane playwright Matthew Weaver’s comedy-slash-murder mystery Aces are Feverish next Saturday.
The play, which will run until early July, tells the story of a classic whodunit with a twist: Ace Valentine, a top-notch private eye in the vein of Philip Marlowe, is not only fighting to uncover a mystery, but she’s also battling a cold, which gives the play its title.
This is Weaver’s second collaboration with Masquers. Earlier in the decade, the theater put on Bed Ride, which was Weaver’s first-ever play.
“I always enjoy when fictional characters get sick, not like oh-my-god-they-are-dying, but like when they catch a cold like I catch a cold,” Weaver said. “I get completely wiped out. So when a character I know gets the sniffles and they are laid up, eating chicken soup, it delights me.”
At the same time, Weaver was inspired by the Leonie Swann mystery novel Three Bags Full, which portrays a murdered shepherd, and a flock of sheep trying to solve the crime.
“That kind of opened the door to me, because if you can make a flock of sheep a detective, you can make pretty much anything a detective,” Weaver said.
The play is directed by Joanne Bracht and it stars Holly Petersen, Adam Zeleski, Nick Mahoney, Andrew Covarrubias, and Jeffrey Ames, along with a supporting cast that includes such veterans as |Cheri Barbre and Randy Brooks.
The play will run Fridays Saturdays and Sundays ffom June 17 to July 3. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matineees.
General admission is $14, students and senior citizens pay $10, and children 10 years old or younger pay $7.
“Hopefully it’s a mystery that they will enjoy,” Weaver said. “Hopefully it’s a fun ride with characters they will enjoy watching and hopefully they will get sucked in by the mystery, by the characters and start to care about who they are and what’s going to happen, and whodunit?”
Weaver rates the play as “PG-13, probably,” he said.