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by Larry Houbre, Jr.
Cast Members
Mauritius
(Order of Appearance)
Briana Berthiaume as Jackie
Bob Gillet as Philip
James Sanguinetti as Dennis
John Softcheck as Sterling
Susan Salvesen as Mary
Production Crew
Mauritius
Technical Director ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Stage Manager ... Mellanie Crowther
Set Design ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Lighting Design ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Sound Design ... William C. Smith
Makeup/Hair Styles ... Suzanne J. Houbre
Costumes ... Suzanne J. Houbre
Music Composed by ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
Poster/Flyer Graphics ... mediumstudio
Lighting/Sound Technician ... Robert Peckham, William C. Smith
Set Construction ... Michele DeMary, Mark P. Fuller, Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., Jed Jedster, Eric R. Paradis, Jacquie Vercellone, Peter Vercellone
Stage Crew ... Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., Stephanie LeBlanc, Sasha Machado, Jacquie Vercellone
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Mauritius

by Theresa Rebeck; Directed by Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr.
  • Sep 6-8, 2018, 7:30 PM;
  • Sep 9, 2018, 2:30 PM;
  • Sep 13-15, 2018, 7:30 PM;
  • Sep 16, 2018, 2:30 PM

Stamp collecting may be far more risky than you think. After their mother's death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters' world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.

Unsurprisingly for a writer with extensive experience in TV police procedurals like "NYPD Blue" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," one of Rebeck's strengths is her skill at stitching tension into every exchange. The characters in Mauritius pair up and face off in shifting configurations, the emotionally fraught edges of their twisty encounters made all the more intriguing by the fact that items as apparently innocuous as postage stamps fuel the friction.

Director's Message

In May of 2016, a rare stamp named 'Inverted Jenny' sold at auction for close to 1.2 million dollars. The stamp features a depiction of a Curtiss JN-4 airplane, but in this case the plane was printed upside down. Only 100 copies were printed, and it is considered the most famous error ever made in an American stamp.

Now, imagine you inherited a stamp collection that has one of those rare little squares of paper. At least you believe you inherited it, the ownership coming into question when an emotionally distant relative stakes a claim. For you, it could mean a new life, new "wings" to fly on in a rejuvenated self, but this rebirth is now threatened by newfound opposition. This is the scenario we explore with the play "Mauritius".

The story takes us on a thrill ride through the dangerous world of rare collectibles, filled with high stakes deals, deceptive relationships, unexpected outcomes, changing stories, and shady characters. A wrong turn could end your life, and a right turn could jumpstart it.

I am very pleased you have joined us for this journey with Jackie, our central character, her sister Mary, and a few new friends, each with a very strong interest in postage stamps. Maybe you'll see yourself as a kindred spirit of Jackie, struggling to change your luck, gain a fresh set of wings and a new start on life.

- Lawrence R. Houbre, Jr., Director