Bethany Beach playwright Bob Davis is returning to the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville with a staged reading of “Pretty Face, Pretty Lies,” a comedy murder-mystery. It marks Davis’ 12th full-length feature play. Starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Cripple Creek Country Club and beverages, followed by a staged reading at the Bistro Cafe, located in the front building of Dickens Parlour Theatre.
“We want to try something new,” said Davis, whose work has gained him nationwide recognition and a number of awards. “We’d like to try to make Wednesdays a mystery night, and we’re starting with this one to see how it goes.”
The staged reading of “Pretty Face, Pretty Lies” will be put on by Radio AirWaves Production, a subsidiary of the Ocean Pines Players. The Players are a troupe that has performed a variety of productions and staged readings of Davis’ work. Recently, they presented a production of Davis’ “The Summer of Our Discontent” to a sold-out crowd.
Over the years, Davis has been very active throughout the community, writing plays that have been read and performed at fundraising events, such as Cripple Creek’s Progress for Prostate tournament, as well as at libraries and other venues. His works have helped fund groups including the Beebe Medical Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association of Delaware, the South Coastal and Worcester County, Md., libraries and the Woodlands of Ocean Pines.
In the past, his works have been featured in Hawaii and Texas, and throughout the Delmarva Peninsula.
“Radio AirWaves was started by J. Graham Caldwell,” Davis noted, “and he produced this newest play of mine. The Ocean Pines Players have really done a great job and, many times, the shows are sold out. It has been a lot of fun for all of us.”
Davis is one of the only playwrights in the Bethany Beach area and shows no signs of slowing down, despite approaching his mid-70’s.
“Writing is a gift,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of fun with it over the years. One of the first rules of marketing a friend once told me long ago is that, if you’re successful, try not to act surprised. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success with my plays, and people really seem to enjoy them.”
The staged reading will serve as a test run for murder-mystery nights at Dickens Parlour Theatre, with recent talks of bringing in more events to the theater during the week, pending the audience’s feedback.
“If this really works and people want more,” said Davis, “we’re going to step on the gas. I already have an idea of other murder-mysteries I’d like to bring there.”
Seating is limited at the Bistro at Dickens Parlour Theatre, so guests are being encouraged to place their reservations as early as possible. Admission to the staged reading of “Pretty Face, Pretty Lies” costs $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more information or to make reservations, call the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville at (302) 829-1071.