Lakeside Players to Present “Making a Killing” at Grace Episcopal Church.

— Lakeside Players to Present “Making a Killing” at Grace Episcopal Church.

Every fall, The Lakeside Players produce a mystery/thriller, and this month, they’re back in Honesdale, presenting Making a Killing by John Nassivera. It’s the perfect scary entertainment for these cool fall days leading up to Halloween.

The play will be performed on Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall, 827 Church St., Honesdale. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

Making a Killing tells the story of a Broadway playwright, his producer and his actress wife, who hatch a plot to guarantee their new play will be a success. They fake the suicide of the playwright on opening night!

They then high tail it up to Vermont, where the playwright hopes to disappear, as he hates the public spotlight anyway. However, after a few weeks, the playwright decides he no longer wants to participate in the scheme. Maybe his wife and his producer — who are having an affair — will have to kill him for real!

The Bennington Banner called the play, “A magnificent mystery thriller …wonderful entertainment.” The Schenectady Gazette called it, “Absorbing.”

The play features Frank DeSando as Marty, the playwright; Kelly Ann Walsh as Estelle, his wife; Joe Sabia as Marty, the producer; and Phyllis Jordan as Marge, the agent. Roxan Schwartz is directing.

The Lakeside Players returned to the Grace Episcopal stage last spring, performing two comedies there. The space is special to them, because it’s the site of their very first play, Sylvia, in 1999.

Since then, the company has performed at least two full-length plays a year at Lakeville Community Hall in Lakeville, where they also hold a free children’s theater camp every July. Grace Episcopal is now their second regular venue.

On Nov. 8, 9 and 10, Lakeside will present two live, suspenseful radio plays at the Lakeville venue: Sorry, Wrong Number and The Hitchhiker, both by Lucille Fletcher. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Lakeside Players are recipients of numerous awards from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance (NEPTA) for acting and directing.

Their parent company, Tonylou Productions, presents plays for senior bus groups at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, the Radisson Hotel in Scranton and other venues. Schwartz and Ambrose have written a dozen murder mysteries and three full-length comedies, which are for sale at

The murder mysteries have been performed in 46 states and six foreign countries, and the full-length comedies have premiered at Ehrhardt’s over the past three years.

Tickets for all shows are $12 with a $2/ticket discount for groups of 10 or more. For information or reservations, call 570-226-6207.