Jewel Box Series Concludes with Ted Karber’s new Comedy ‘Banging the Bell’

The third season of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre will go out with a bang this weekend.

EPStageBusiness’ uproarious Banging the Bell: A Texas Comedy in Two Acts concludes the 2016-2017 season with performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Annex in the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

The play was written and directed by El Paso’s Ted Karber, Jr., whose Precious Heart closed last season’s Jewel Box Series.Banging the Bell, which premiered last year at the Eclipse Theatre in Columbus, Ohio, is about a group of women in Mt. Parnassus, Texas, who plan to be the belles of the town ball. Infidelity, a corpulent corpse and a dimwitted sheriff could change their plans.

Amanda Vasquez, who starred in December’s production of A Barrio Christmas, stars, along with Carol Bernstein, Michael Bernstein, Kathryn Forest, Rafaela Graffos, Valerie Hart, Shaun Nixon, George Spelvin and David Villanueva.

The Jewel Box Series, a showcase for area performing arts groups, is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. The El Paso Community Foundation will accept submissions for the 2017-2018 season in June.

The Jewel Box’s fourth will be announced in August after the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary August 3-13.

Tickets are $16 at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, (plus service charges), and 800-745-3000.