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The update | Theater Presents ‘Gay Marriage’; Lowellville author to present – Business Journal Daily


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Rust Belt Theater Co. will bring back its original musical “My Big Fat Gay Wedding” this weekend and next.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on March 18, 19, 25, and 26 at the theater’s new location at Club Switch, 221 Belmont Ave. The musical, written by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, tells the story of Steven, a middle-aged event planner.

It begins on June 26, 2015, moments after the Supreme Court voted in favor of marriage equality. Parades and celebrations erupt across the country. But as the LGBTQ community takes to the streets to celebrate, Steven can’t. He’s too busy planning weddings for straight couples.

Then a surprise proposal from her fiancé, Adam, sends her world into a tailspin. Steven is faced with the task of planning his own perfect wedding. Along the way, he encounters a host of hilarious obstacles, including ex-partners, Christian bakers, body-shaming retail workers, and eccentric performance artists.

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Jeremy Grimes, Dean LaSalandra, Kage Coven, Celena Coven, Caitlyn Murphy, Sarah Whitlach, Vicci Sfikas, Taylor Love, Jash Yohman, Jessica Patoray, Rachel Clifford, Gabriel Kremm, Lisa Torrence and Joki. Tickets are $15 (all seats are general admission). For reservations, call 330 507 2358 or click on HERE.

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Local author and historian Roselyn Torella will discuss her book, “Lowellville, Ohio: Murders, Mayhem & More,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Chad Anthony’s Grille Meeting Room, 4698 Belmont Ave .

Admission is $10 ($5 for members of the McGuffey Historical Society). Reservations are suggested; call 330 726 8277.

Torella’s book is a collection of newspaper articles about the surprisingly high number of crimes that occurred in Lowellville from the 1850s through the 1920s, along with additional research by the author.

While researching the book, Torella fell in love with the way journalists reported the news a century ago. She wanted readers to enjoy the colorful and descriptive reporting, so she included the full text of the stories. She then added her personal touch, using her family history research skills to provide the backstory.

SALEM — The Salem Community Theater will present “In Cahoots… An Evening of Magic and Mentalism with the Alans” at 8 p.m. on March 25. This will be a 21+ event.

Jason Alan is a magician and sleight of hand artist and his wife, Amy, is a former therapist turned mentalist. They combine their skills to deliver an evening of illusions, personal stories, magic and audience interaction.

The duo appeared on The CW’s “Penn and Teller Fool Us.”

This is a 21+ event. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — 3 Thirty Three Espresso Bar and Cafe will open Friday, March 18 at 121 Enclave Drive in Neshannock Township.

Owned by Shannon and Christian Elliott, who previously owned Mugsie’s Coffee House in New Wilmington, the cafe will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cafe will feature baked gods from Two Fat Guys and an Oven.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Hopewell Theater and Lit Youngstown will present “I Sing the Body Electric: Whitman’s America in Words and Song” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at the Hopewell, 702 Mahoning Ave.

The event will feature excerpts of poetry from Whitman’s iconic “Leaves of Grass” collection. Reflections from letters and diaries will be interpreted by Tim Francisco, Carla Gipson, James Hain, Adrianna Lamonge, Niki Latsko, Frank G. Martin, Martin Moore, Nick Mulichak, Jeanine Rees, Charles Rumber and Brenda Zyvith.

Readings will alternate with mid-19th century American and European music performed by the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Quartet.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at HopewellTheatre.org.

Pictured: Robert Dennick Joki is co-writer and cast member of ‘My Big Fat Gay Wedding’.

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