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08/01/2014 9:53 AM

Main Street Theatre Works is proud to present the second show of its 2014 summer season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, in Jackson. “The Golden State,” by Lauren Wilson, a hot and spicy comedy, runs Aug. 8 through Sept. 6.

“The Golden State” is Wilson’s reinvention of the Molière classic, “The Miser.” Set in present-day Southern California, Gertrude Hopper (Linda Montalvo) rules over her children (Paj Crank and Lisa Derthick) and servants (Ernesto Bustos, Katie Hulse and Julie Anchor) with an iron hand, her fists clenched tightly around her money. She’s the original miser, hiring illegal immigrants so she doesn’t have to pay them a fair wage, and removing lightbulbs from the house to cut back on the electric bill. She has an even more out-rageous plan for her two grown children in order to gain yet more money. But the best laid plans for this “Mommy Dearest” are foiled in the most unexpected ways. “The Golden State” is a hilarious look at greed, lust and several other “deadly sins.” The play runs Aug. 8 through Sept. 6. This show is rated PG-13 for mature humor.

Main Street Theatre Works is a professionally-oriented theater company, performing in the heart of Amador County. Now entering its 20th season, MSTW continues to be dedicated to bringing professional and community theater artists together to produce classical and contemporary plays, striving for a balance that stimulates both artists and audiences.

The setting for the amphitheater is truly spectacular. Located on the Kennedy Mine property, patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across a bridge and into a grass-covered, terraced bowl surrounded by majestic oaks. There, the stage is set for picnicking and enjoying professional-quality productions. You are truly sitting on a gold mine, enjoying theater under the stars.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to come early with picnics, chairs, jackets and perhaps a little mosquito repellant. Ticket prices are $17.50 for adults, students and kids 18 and under are $12, and the Family Pack (two adults and two students/children) costs $49. The Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre is located at 1127 North Main Street, in Jackson. For tickets, more about the play or about Main Street Theatre Works, visit

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