Performance Photos by Suzanne McBride: THE RED VELVET CAKE WAR, Georgetown Palace

(Performance Photos by Suzanne McBride)


(via Georgetown Palace)In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins—Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette—could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out.

Having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the number one mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it’s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum’s newest widower. But the cousins can’t back out of the reunion now. It’s on, Gaynelle’s hosting it, and Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette have decided that its success is the perfect way to prove Gaynelle’s sanity to a skeptical court-appointed psychologist. Unfortunately, they face an uphill battle as a parade of wildly eccentric Verdeens gathers on the hottest day of July, smack-dab in the middle of Texas tornado season. Things spin hilariously out of control when a neighbor’s pet devours everything edible, a one-eyed suitor shows up to declare his love, and a jaw-dropping high-stakes wager is made on who bakes the best red velvet cake. As this fast-paced romp barrels toward its uproarious climax, you’ll wish your own family reunions were this much fun!

The production is directed by Nick Wigg, assistant-directed by Morgan Urbanovsky, and scenic design is by Justin Dam. Lighting design is by Kiersta Hoover and costume design is by Erin Pena. Avery Cline is property designer, and Gretchen Johnston is scenic artist. Deborah Hanna is production stage manager and Faith Trapane is assistant stage manager. Braden Tanner is production associate.

The Georgetown Palace Theatre, led by Executive Artistic Director Ron Watson, is compromised of three performance spaces: the Springer Stage which holds 291 patrons within the vintage theatre; the Palace Playhouse, which is an intimate black box theatre off 8th and Tin Barn Alley, and the Doug Smith Performance Center, off 2nd and Rock Street, which is home to our Palace Education program, Theatre for Youth Audiencesprogram, and Concert Series. The Palace Education program, under Director of Education Kristen Rogers, is currently offering a full calendar of classes and a pre-professional training group for high schoolers. More information can be found at:


The Red Velvet Cake War
by Jones, Hope and Wooten
Georgetown Palace Theatre

October 14 - November 13, 2022
Georgetown Playhouse
817 S. Austin Avenue
across the street from the Georgetown Palace Theatre
Georgetown, TX, 78626

The Red Velvet Cake War opens on Friday, October 14, 2022, and closes Sunday, November 13. 

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

LOCATION: The Playhouse is located around the corner from the Palace Theatre at 216 W. 8th St. It is a storefront that we have transformed into an intimate Black Box Theatre.

Performances run Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $36 for adults, $33 for seniors, students and military, $17 for children. Students rush tickets are available at the door with valid student ID for $24. All fees are included in ticket pricing. Tickets are on sale now at