The Darien Arts Center's Darien Players and Riddle Me This Productions announce the screening of a new film fresh off the festival circuit. "Madcap Mabel: Hollywood's First Party Girl" is the first ever bio-pic on silent screen actress Mabel Normand and her wild ride through 1920's Hollywood.

As a companion piece, there will also be a live staged reading with several local and New York actors of the feature length screenplay on the same subject. The event will be held at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road for only three performances: Friday May 20, at 8 p.m., Saturday May 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and full time students. The audience will be an important factor of the show as their strongly encouraged feedback on both the film and the reading could help impact the future of the project.

There will be an intermission between the reading and screening with refreshments served and a meet and greet with the actors from both the film and the reading. In addition, door prizes and the sale of memorabilia will be available at the conclusion of the event.

The film, which has already made three festivals (including the Yperia Festival in Greece, Clearwater Film Festival in Florida and the New Jersey International Film Festival), stars Penelope Lagos as the lead with Rudy Cecera, Katie Maguire, Ron Nummi, Brian Linden, Elizabeth C. Taylor, Elise Rovinsky and Ian Blackwell. It was directed by Dena Schumacher and some of the props, including two vintage cars, were supplied by local resident, car enthusiast and co-producer of the event Ron Heinbaugh. The reading will also star lead actress Penelope Lagos along with screenwriter Rudy Cecera who, not surprisingly given the subject matter of his film, had previously worked on the DAC's Cabaret Theatre production of the musical "Mack & Mabel".

All ages will be entertained by this period piece with a modern day twist. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this unique experience and support the arts. Also, to potentially help guide this project to bigger and better things.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in Dance, Visual Arts, Theatre and Music and performances, by the Darien Players and the Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales.

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