Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater Supports Mid-Atlantic Premiere of "The Church of Diminishing Marginal Returns" by Jay Huling with an Unconditional Guarantee

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“The Church of Diminishing Marginal Returns” by Jay Huling is guaranteed to produce laughs as it lampoons atheists, televangelists, predatory lending, and the IRS, or the Playhouse says it will give patrons their money back.

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater will present the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Jay Huling’s new comedy The Church of Diminishing Marginal Returns on the Spickler Stage at 44 North Potomac Street. Opening night is Saturday, April 13. The show follows dinner, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Other performance dates are April 19, 20, 26, and May 4, 11, 18, 24, and 25. There is a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 5. Tickets are $39.95 for adults, $35.95 for seniors (age 62 and up) and students, and $29.00 for children. Call for reservations, 301-739-7469.

Director Jeff Czerbinski says he’s so confident in the play’s surefire ability to produce laughs that he’s willing to give patrons their money back if they don’t agree.

“Don’t like it, you don’t pay, and the first drink is on us,” said Czerbinski. “We call it the Playhouse Promise. If you don't agree that we've done everything we could to provide you with a pleasant experience, just let us know. We won't try to talk you out of your decision. We simply want to know what we can do to improve before your next visit.”

The Church of Diminishing Marginal Returns tells the story of two broke and out-of-work brothers who start their own church. While one brother is sincere in the endeavor, the other is only interested in collecting tithes and love offerings. Their new venture is so successful they are able to pay off all of their debts, much to the chagrin of their banker, who was making a tidy sum from the interest of their outstanding loans.

Playwright Jay Huling, who plans to attend the May 24 and 25 performances, says he isn’t intimidated by the Playhouse’s guarantee because he saw firsthand the audience’s reaction to the world premiere in Tennessee.

“I’d make the same guarantee myself,” says Huling. “The brothers broadcast their church services on their own at-home radio station. Their shenanigans lead from one comic complication to the next. It’s a very funny show. The actors are having fun with it.”

The cast includes Seth Thompson, Adam Blackstock, Amie Tweit, Loretta Czerbinski, and Jeff Czerbinski.

Huling is best known for his comedy Elvis of Nazareth, which was published by Applause Books in their long-running series The Best American Short Plays. He is the author of more than two-dozen plays, has received numerous TELLY awards, and his plays have been performed around the country. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

More information is available at the Washington County Playhouse website, http://www.wcpdt.com. Jay Huling’s website is http://www.jayhuling.com.

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