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Comedic play makes Northwest debut at the Underground

Cass Murphy, left, is Joanne; Zach Wymore is Syd; Mario Orallo-Molinaro is Norman; and Cecce Betancourt is Peaches in “Peaches en Regalia,” on stage Jan. 8-23 at The Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St.
Cass Murphy, left, is Joanne; Zach Wymore is Syd; Mario Orallo-Molinaro is Norman; and Cecce Betancourt is Peaches in “Peaches en Regalia,” on stage Jan. 8-23 at The Underground, 211 E. Chestnut St. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham playwright Steve Lyons says that growing up, he used to have a particular concoction – lettuce, canned peaches, cottage cheese, a dash of paprika and a cherry on top – at Baptist Church socials.

“It is a staple of the ‘white trash’ diet from which I hail,” he says.

“I don’t know what the actual name for it is,” he adds, “and I seem to always pronounce ‘regalia’ incorrectly.”

Lyons’ memory of the delectable dish inspired him to write a one-act comedy that produced in California in 2011. The show will have its Northwest premiere Friday, Jan. 8, at the Underground Nightclub, 211 E. Chestnut St., presented by his company, Bellingham TheatreWorks.

“Peaches en Regalia” is also the name of Lyons’ favorite song by Frank Zappa on the 1969 “Hot Rats” LP, which opens the show.

The play is set in a diner, and director Mark Kuntz had the idea to change the script from the original one-act play and to name the diner The Horseshoe Café.

Here’s the plot: Norman is struggling with the lessons from his time management class; Peaches is waitressing at The Horseshoe; and Joanne is grappling with her flow charts. They meet at The Horseshoe and find their angst-ridden lives turned upside down when straight-talking Syd sits down at their table. Over bowls of peaches en regalia, love blossoms and happiness reigns. But the happiness may be short lived, as Norman’s time management skills are challenged by the ultimate nemesis of time management— a baby!

Because The Underground is a bar, the production is strictly for people 21 and older.

In celebration of the local premier, the real Horseshoe Café, 113 E. Holly St., is serving what Lyons calls “the mesmerizing, life-altering dish,” peaches en regalia.

The tables-and-chairs seating at the Underground encourages socializing while sipping your drink from the bar, Lyons says.

“My vision is for the evening to have a party-like feel. And nothing enhances comedy more than a few alcoholic beverages!”

“Peaches en Regalia”

Where: Underground Nightclub, 211 E. Chestnut St.

When: Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23; pre-show music starts 6:30 p.m., play starts 7:30

Cost: $15 at the door or at BellinghamTheatreWorks.org

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