“Helen on Wheels” kicks off Best Medicine Rep's third season

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Best Medicine Rep, Gaithersburg's professional theater company, begins its third season with Cricket Daniel's heartwarming comedy “Helen on Wheels.” Directed by Kelsey Yudice, the production will run Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 6, in their theater space at the Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue, on the second floor near Sears.

“Helen on Wheels” is about a feisty granny in Oklahoma who keeps getting in trouble with the law. Her son wants her to move into a home, but she refuses to go. The script has been produced a number of times on the west coast, but Best Med's production will be its DC area premiere. Best Med Rep developed the script as part of its reading series last season.

"It's a lovely play," declares director Kelsey Yudice, "It's funny, it's romantic. And Helen is such a wild character! She will definitely appeal to Best Medicine Rep's audience." Yudice will be familiar to Best Med regulars from her work as assistant director of last season's hit “Play Date,” and from performing in season one's “The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995.” Kelsey also directed two readings for BMR last year, and recently appeared in Wolfpack Theatre's production of “Hand to God.” She spent the last three years working as an Associate Artist with InterAct Story Theatre.

Playwright Cricket Daniel lives in Bend, Oregon but hails from California. Cricket holds a theater degree from UC Santa Barbara and studied Shakespeare in Cambridge, England. She has an extensive background in improv, stand-up and theater. Says Daniel, "I happened to be in the audience watching a play the same night as the playwright and ended up watching him more than the play. By the end of the evening I thought, 'I wanna be that guy!” Her other plays include “The Lost Virginity Tour,” “Couple Dating” and “The Night Before the Night Before Christmas.”

Starring in the title role of Helen is Gaithersburg resident Liz Weber. Weber's credits include productions at Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Toby's Dinner Theatre and Harlequin Dinner Theatre, where she earned a Helen Hayes nomination for “Me & My Girl.”

Also performing in the play are Nicholas Allen, Bill Hurlbut, Carol Randolph and Best Med favorite Terence Heffernan.

Subscriptions and individual tickets are available online at www.bestmedicinerep.org. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $23 for seniors; purchasing a season pass will save patrons 25% off the general admission price. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. 

Now entering its third season, Best Medicine Rep is a nonprofit theater company that specializes in new comedies. It is dedicated to the artistic, educational and cultural development of the Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village area. For more information, visit www.bestmedicinerep.org.