November 2019 Season
8 - 17 November 2019

A Bad Year for Tomatoes

by John Patrick

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Gracious, glamorous Myra Marlowe, fed up with fame after a very long career as a television actress, retreats to the small town of Beaver Haven, Vermont, planning to live quietly and anonymously, write her juicy autobiography, and grow her own tomatoes. The complaints of her faithful agent and less faithful lover, Tom Lamont, that she is throwing herself away on a backwards backwater of a town, fall on deaf ears, until she gets to know her neighbors: Reba and Cora, the Hospitality Ladies, full of rapid fire gossip and rapid fire questions; woodcutter Piney, impressively bearded and smelling of the great outdoors, who terrifies his victims with the force of his sales pitch, and Willa Mae Wilcox, the widow woman with the purple shutters on her house, who put a voodoo curse on her husband. With these colorful characters inviting themselves over at every hour of the day, Myra gets no time to write, and in frustration, invents a dangerous, mentally disturbed sister -- based on her first, best-known TV role, Sis Sadie -- to frighten away her neighbors and give her some peace and quiet. However, the upstanding citizens of Beaver Haven react in unexpected ways to Sadie’s shrill, childlike charms and sad plight, and before her charade is over, Myra finds herself accused of murder! A Bad Year for Tomatoes, John Patrick’s ridiculously clever comedy, with brisk and uproarious dialogue and sharply comedic characters, is a delight for actors and audiences alike.

Directed by

Yvonne Miller

Open Script Reading for A Bad Year for Tomatoes

11 Jul 2019

Mooroolbark Community Centre - 125 Brice Avenue Mooroolbark

All welcome! Scripts provided. Reading held on the stage, entrance via front entrance of community centre then up ramps through to backstage area. Venue is fully wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet available.


18 Jul 2019

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A Bad Year for Tomatoes Performances

8 - 17 November 2019
8 November 20197:30 - 10:30PM, Curtain 8:00PM
9 November 20197:30 - 10:30PM, Curtain 8:00PM
14 November 20197:30 - 10:30PM, Curtain 8:00PM
15 November 20197:30 - 10:30PM, Curtain 8:00PM
16 November 20197:30 - 10:30PM, Curtain 8:00PM
17 November 20191:30 - 4:30PM, Curtain 2:00PM
Theatre Location
Mooroolbark Community Centre,
125 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark VIC 3138
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$25 Standard
$20 Concession
$20 per person Group Booking (10 or more people at a single performance)
$36 Season Ticket

Discounts apply to group bookings over 10.



Sherry on arrival

Coffee, tea and cake at interval

Please note that MTG does not permit BYO Alcohol