Spring 2020

We will be taking our one acts on the road! Check back for details. Auditions happen in February.

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Murder on the Moonshine Express

Playing Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, Mar. 1, 6, 7, 8.

When things get too hot for Frankie Four-Fingers and his crew from the Chicago Outfit, they come down to Florida to cool off and get a piece of the local bootleg action. Everybody’s invited to this Roaring 20s party as Frankie celebrates the grand re-opening of his new speakeasy. Former owner Mama Bear Hunsucker and her family aren’t in the mood to celebrate, however, and she’s plotting a hostile takeover of her own. 

Join the mobsters, molls and Mama's family on the train ride out to Willow for a bit of mayhem, moonshine and maybe a -- Murder on the Moonshine Express. It’s gonna be a party to die for! Written and directed by Karen Romant.

Read more in The Observer News

Cast Photo


Keith Kessler, Mandy Kersey, Morgan Donaldson, Debbie Davidson, director Karen Romant, Phil Montgomery, Jay Wright, and Rachel Schuette.  Dress rehearsal photo by Carl Mario Nudi.

Mama and Guido Close Up


Debbie Davidson and Jay Wright.

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Click the button to visit Florida Rail Road Museum and purchase your tickets for the Murder Mystery Dinner Train or call 941-776-0906

President & Creative Director

Karen Romant

Karen Romant earned a master’s degree in theater from Florida State University in 1997. Both in California and Florida, Romant has worked professionally as a freelance performer, director, educator and drama consultant, but her first love is live theater and working with people who love making theater. The production company of Parrish Playworks, Inc. grew out of a mutual passion for history, good old-fashioned storytelling, and theater. It was founded by the creative team plus most of the cast and crew behind Red Rooster Tales: The Train to Yesterday, a play with music crafted from local stories. Since 2013, Parrish Playworks has produced both original storytelling or contemporary plays and performances that feature local talent (writers, actors, musicians, technicians, designers, and directors) in venues all over this section of Manatee County.


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