WATERVILLE — Aqua City Actor’s Theatre (ACAT) presents Michael Kimball’s dark comedy, “The Secret of Comedy,” Sept. 6-15.

“The Secret of Comedy” finds mother and daughter, Emily and Carey Petrocelli, polishing their comedy routine against their best straight man, husband and father, Dave Petrocelli. When Dave wins the lottery it should a happy day, but all the money in the world can’t cure his wife’s cancer. Carey copes by trying to enlist her mother’s help in writing a comedy routine about death. But Emily has her own mission – to lead her family through the five stages of grief, from denial to acceptance. But the Petrocellis are a family not easily led.

The Secret of Comedy features Dee Cooke as Emily, Dan Goodheart as Dave, Karen LaPlante as Carey along with Meaghan Miner, Margi Hayes, Juan Lavalle-Rivera, Tessa Hathaway and is directed by Jeralyn Shattuck.

There will be an opening night gala event on Friday, Sep. 6 along with a talk-back session with the cast and playwright on Sunday, Sep. 8.

Performances are Sep. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sep. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and senior citizens. Season’s Passes are available for $36 and are available at the door, or can be reserved by calling the Waterville Opera House at 207-873-7000, or on-line by visiting the Waterville Opera House website at www.operahouse.org; Seating is limited, so please make reservations early.

For more information, visit ACAT at www.acattheatre.org.

About Aqua City Actor’s Theatre:

Founded in 1998, and run by a group of dedicated volunteers, ACAT brings live theatre to the people of central Maine. Along with a commitment to supporting and nurturing the creative spirit in its actors and stage support personnel, its intimate, 62 seat studio theatre offers audiences a unique and visceral theater experience. ACAT – Inspiring Art, Creating Community. For more information on upcoming productions or becoming a part of ACAT’s community please visit our website at: www.acattheatre.org or like us on Facebook.