Aug 23, 24, 25 and 29, 30, 31, 2019

Walking Across Egypt
Adapted by Catherine Busch
from the novel by Clyde Edgerton


Directed by Phil Funkenbusch


Upon discovering a stray dog on her back porch, Mattie Rigsbee decides she’s too old to keep a pet and calls the dogcatcher.  Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a world that includes car theft prison breaks, and his nephew, a juvenile delinquent named Wesley, who is as desperate for a family as she is. Add in to the mix, her over-protective next-door-neighbors and her 50-year-old never-married son, all joining the drama.  Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and a deep abiding faith, Mattie is determined to bring Wesley to the side of God and good Southern manners.  And there will be hymn-singing.


     “A winner, a homespun romp that I suspect Mark Twain would have loved.”

                                                                                                     ---  The Columbia State

     “A crowd-pleaser from start to end.”

                                                                                                     --- Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC)


     “An unpretentious story that will linger like the last strains of a favorite hymn.

      It is more enjoyable than a pitcher full of sweet tea and one of Mattie’s home-cooked       dinners.”


                                                                                                   --- The Atlanta Journal


Meet the Director: Phil Funkenbusch

Phil Funkenbusch lives in Petersburg and works at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.  His theater work is mostly behind-the-scenes, and has recently directed numerous plays at TIP including Spoon River Anthology, My Heart's Home, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Trip to Bountiful, Dividing the Estate and The Glass Menagerie and Ken Bradbury’s Singing at Seven at Jacksonville Theater Guild. He has directed numerous productions at the ALPLM as well.  Phil has performed onstage at New Salem in Our Town, The Fantasticks and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He played Gus the Theater Cat in Cats at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and several Godspell productions many years ago. 


Thanks to all who auditioned!


We are excited to announce the cast of WALKING ACROSS EGYPT

Mattie Rigsbee -- Pat Pennington
Robert Rigsbee -- Bruce Davidson
Lamar Benfield -- Will Acton
Wesley Benfield -- Quincy Stuhmer
Alora Swanson -- Lisa Hellman
Finner Swanson -- Bob Morgan
Reverend Bass -- Patty Noonan
Sheriff Tillman -- Dennis Frye

Bob Te Ronde, Joyce Te Ronde,

Sydney Weber, Heather Southwell,

Amanda Withers, Dennis Darling,

Lauren Acton, Michelle Tebrugge

Erica Smith