GECA presents “A Cab Fare to Remember”

Published 9:25 pm Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cast members of GECA's latest play, "A Cab Fare to Remember," rehearse Thursday night in preparation for opening night, Friday, Dec. 9.

The latest offering from local playwright Gene Embry, “A Cab Fare to Remember,” is almost ready for its debut.

Thursday night members of the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts ran through their newest project during a dress rehearsal.

Embry, whose first play performed by GECA members, “Peace in the Valley” was a huge hit with theatergoers, is hoping for a second success with ‘Cab Fare.’

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Embry said the play follows the story of Harold and Mavis, a well-to-do couple taking a cab ride to an exclusive, high society Christmas party.

Embry said the real fun begins when Joe, the couples’ driver, decides to pick up more passengers along the way.

“Joe is a very insightful person and gives them a ride of a life time when he picks up four strangers,” Embry said. “Sounds simple? Not when these special riders show characteristics of the true meaning of Christmas.”

Embry and company will unveil the entirety of Harold and Mavis’ holiday adventure when the show opens Friday, Dec. 9. Encore presentations will be performed Dec. 10 and 11, as well as Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday shows will be 7 p.m., while Sunday shows will begin at 2 p.m.

Admission is $10 per ticket, but GECA officials said a donation of two non-perishable food items will take $1 off the admission price.

All donations will benefit the Help Center for the Needy.