McKINNEY (Feb. 28, 2015) — The McKinney Repertory Theatre (MRT) presents its New Play Contest winner from 2014 entitled “Jews In My Basement” beginning on Friday, March 6 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Selected from over 120 entries, Stacey Lane’s comedy is lots of laughs as the orderly lives of Mattie, an obsessive-compulsive housewife, Thomas, her scholarly husband, and Doris, her agoraphobic older sister are thrown off balance when their fanatically PC sister, Miranda, uses their home to conduct interviews for the entertainment for her son’s 10th birthday party. There are no Jews and no basement, just loads of laughs.

Mattie and Doris are engulfed in their weekly philosophical discussion when Miranda calls and insists that she use their home to interview performers for her son’s birthday party because he is home sick. Hilarity follows as Miranda can’t find acts that meet her impossible standards, and Mattie, Thomas and Doris do their best to salvage the hopeless party.

McKinney Repertory Theatre's "Jews In My Basement."

David Gutierrez directs the fabulous cast including Brett Femrite, Nicole Holbert, Stephanie Diamond, Rosanna Leahy and Dale Gutt with Joe Shimek in the role he was born to play, “Sprinkles the Clown.”

The play opens Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m., with performances March 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee Sunday, March 15 at 2:30 pm. MRT hosts an opening night party immediately after the show.

For tickets, visit or call 214-544-4630. The McKinney Performing Arts Center is located on the historic square in downtown McKinney at 111 N. Tennessee St. Enjoy dinner before the show at one of the great restaurants in McKinney.

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About McKinney Repertory Theatre

McKinney Repertory Theatre was incorporated with the State of Texas in January 2003 by a group of local amateur actors that have worked together for several years. Their mission is to provide education in all aspects of drama and theatre management creating leaders not only in theatre but in the community as well. Its productions are funded in part by the City of McKinney through the City of McKinney Arts Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit