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Truths revealed by drinking ‘Vino Veritas’
COURTESY PHOTO Cast members of the RCT fall production, “Vino Veritas,” are shown. From left:Dalton Mauro, Becky Anschutz, Dalton Davis and Cat Webling.

RUSSELL — RCT’s fall production of “Vino Veritas” by David MacGregor (presented with special permission by Playscripts) will be the organization’s 106th production. Casting has been completed and rehearsals are underway. 

On Halloween night, two couples, Lauren and Phil (Becky Anschutz and Dalton Mauro, respectively), and their neighbors, Ridley and Claire (Dalton Davis and Cat Webling, respectively), meet at Lauren and Phil’s house for drinks and hors d’oeuvres before planning on heading out to a massive party. Dressed in their finest costumes (witch, cowboy, doctor, and Queen Elizabeth I), the hostess, Lauren, brings out a bottle of blue wine she picked up in Peru. 

Based on an old Incan recipe, the wine supposedly has truth-telling properties and is brewed from the skins of blue dart tree frogs. 

Three of the four drink the wine and the conversation begins to take odd turns. Some of the “truths” are harmless enough, but progressively get darker and more disturbing. It gradually becomes clear that the marriage of one of the couples is disintegrating due to a lack of truthfulness, and the other marriage is only held together by lies.

This insightful and thought-provoking play will leave you thinking long after it’s over. 

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17-21, at RCT Playhouse, 5th & Kansas in Russell. This play has adult themes and language.