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Bay City Players Presents: Comedy Tonight!

Watch now! Potato Gumbo by Jean Ciampi

Our doors might be closed right now but we are dedicated to our mission of providing high-quality theatrical experiences for the entertainment, education, and enrichment of the community. Bay City Players is excited to participate in the #MakeArtVirtual campaign started by our friends at Midland Center for the Arts! Beginning this week, our home-bound actors will start bringing you online readings of new and familiar comedies, starting with Potato Gumbo by Midland playwright Jean Ciampi. We will stream a new live reading every Tuesday! This will be streamed LIVE from our Facebook page, so tune in and enjoy a night at the theatre from the comfort of your own home. The live reading will be recorded and available for viewing for a limited time on our Facebook page and website. Watch the recording here. Wanting more? Like us on Facebook here!

Potato Gumbo Synopsis:

A touchingly honest and sometimes zany look at the challenges of aging, Potato Gumbo tells the poignant story of Gretchen and Thomas, her dream, ill-gotten handcuffs, a diagnosis, and adult children who must parent parents.

Gretchen could create the ideal recipe if she could get to the New Orleans School of Cooking. Her whimsical and light-fingered ways draw Thomas into her schemes, but an impromptu road trip ends with return under police escort. Darkly serious issues begin bubbling up: Is Gretchen’s “whimsy” declining mental faculties or worse? How much can one old heart endure? When must elder care end and control begin?


  • Gretchen Nelsen read by Debbie Lake
  • Thomas Trahan read by John Tanner
  • Barbara Winter read by Sarah Smith
  • Jack Trahan read by Matthew Schramm
  • Jim Cappazolli read by Leeds Bird
  • Gail Johnson read by Ann Russell-Lutenske
  • Donna Holbrook read by Marci Rogers

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