“The Talisman Ring,” a novel by Georgette Heyer and adapted for the stage by Chicago-based playwright Christina Calvit, plays June 14 through 30 at the Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave., Woodland.
The story begins when Sir Tristram Shield, played by Brian Reed of Battle Ground, Wash., is thrust by Lord Lavenham into proposing marriage to a woman he does not choose, the young and effervescent Eustacie de Vauban, played by Carinda Washburn of Vancouver.
Lavenham, who is dying, wants to keep the barony out of the hands of the vain and greedy Basil, played by Vancouver resident David Roberts. Lavenham’s grandson Ludovic, played by Jeremy Bode of Battle Ground, is the direct heir of the barony, but he has been falsely accused of murder and stripped of his inheritance. And, he is a fugitive from the law.
The Lavenham estate is thrown into turmoil when de Vauban decides Sir Shield is too dull and practical to be a suitable husband for her. She escapes the situation by fleeing at night into the forest where she runs into a smuggling operation commanded by Ludovic. The idealistic de Vauban decides she is going to clear Ludovic’s name. She finds an ally in the plucky and sensible Sarah Thane, played by Hanna Mock of La Center, Wash.
Sir Shields and Ludovic join the women to outwit and outfight Basil and his men and find the stolen Talisman Ring which will prove Ludovic’s innocence.
Other cast members are Woodland resident Dave Cavallaro as Sylvester and Hugh; Longview resident Lorraine Little as Lucy, Nye and Gregg; Duke Murrdodge of Vancouver as the exciseman, Stubbs and the Dover house butler; and Vancouver resident Alex Havens as the court butler, Abel, Peabody and understudy to Ludovic’s.
“The Talisman Ring” is making its West Coast premiere at the Love Street Playhouse. According to information in a press release, the play has never been staged west of Chicago.
The production is a rollicking must-see adventure for all ages of viewers, notes the press release, with its less-is-more storytelling style, witty and charming dialogue, and rousing action and exhilarating fight scenes.
Woodland residents Melissa Pallotta and David Bareford are the play’s co-directors. They also are in charge of the set, costumes and violence design. Pallotta, who also is the owner and artistic director of Love Street Playhouse, is producer. Managing director Lou Pallotta is in charge of the set construction. Mikail Nordquist of Longview is in charge of lighting design and Ellie Templin is the production stage manager.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29; and at 2 p.m. June 16, June 23 and June 30.
Tickets are $20 per person. They can be bought online at www.LoveStreetPlayhouse.com or by calling 800-966-8865.
Local business sponsors and advertisers contributing to Love Street Playhouse include the Port of Woodland, Columbia Bank, Holland America Flowers, Benno and Klazina Dobbe of Woodland, Woodland Truck Line, Conkle Properties, LLC of Lake Oswego, Lou Pallotta of Chianti Club Productions, Columbia River Carbonates in Woodland, Maple Ridge BnB, Lelooska Foundation, Erica Rodman of Woodland Real Estate, Sproos Tap House of Woodland, Woodland Care Center, State Farm Insurance of Woodland, Hooked on Embroidery of Woodland, Last Frontier Casino (La Center, Wash.) USA Rocks and Woodland Funeral Home.