Mauritius, a suspenseful drama, by Theresa Rebeck is the Highlands Cashiers Players’ second play of the new season. Directed by HCP’s Michael Lanzilotta, the play concerns a valuable stamp collection, inherited by two half-sisters who disagree about what should be done with it while several shady collectors attempt to get their hands on it.

Two of the most valuable stamps in the collection, the one and the two penny stamps issued in 1847 by the small tropical island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa, have a mistake in the printing which has made them extremely valuable – “the crown jewels” of philately, coveted by serious collectors all over the world.  The most recent sale of one of these stamps netted four million dollars.  No wonder the bad guys are after them.  Whoever thought stamp collecting could be so dangerous?!! Or so expensive?

The two half-sisters who inherited the collection are Mary (played by Virginia Talbot) and Jackie (played by Jamie Thomas).  The seedy collectors trying to acquire the stamps by means foul or fair are Philip (played by Craig Eister), Dennis (played by Lance Trudel) and Sterling (played by David Spivey).

Performances will be held at the Highlands Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Thursdays through Sundays, October 18-21, and October 25-28.  Evening shows begin at 7:30, Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.  The box office for Season Subscribers will be open Thursday and Friday, October 11 and 12.  Regular patron tickets will go on sale on Saturday, October 13.  For more information, check the Highlands Cashiers Players website at or leave a message at 828-526-8084.  By Virginia Talbot