The latest gossip will be served with cotton candy at the county fair during Nail Soup Theatre Company’s production.

“Faith County” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 17-18 and Aug. 23-25 at Roxbury Bandshell, Franklin Street, Johnstown.

The two-act play will take place amid the booths of a typical present-day county fair, on a set designed by the theater company’s president Ed Zahurak.

“It’s terrifyingly funny, two hours of silliness,” said Director David Slavich of Geistown.

“The characters grew up together and know all the dirt and gossip. It’s a hometown situation.”

The hometown is Mineola, described as being “somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the south, where beehive hairdos are still the rage.”

“Faith County” was written by Mark Landon Smith and debuted in 1991 as a radio play.

It had a 35-week run on WLYX-FM in Nashville and was featured on NBC’s “Dateline.”

With nine characters, the cast of “Faith County” will be the largest the fledgling theater company has had.

Its first production had three characters and an upcoming production has six.

“In picking our shows, we’ve had to keep it simple since we’re new and don’t have many funds,” Slavich said.

Members of the cast are Zahurak, Patty Coyle and Judy Laughrey, all of Johnstown; Patty Zungali of Nanty Glo; Brianne Lees of Windber; Jenny Murphy of South Fork; Tim O’Connor of Westmont; Jeff Luksik of Westmont; and Amanda Dierling of Richland.

“The more I watch it, the more it reminds me of people I know,” Slavich said.

Amanda Peritin of South Fork and Nick Barber of Nanty Glo are stage managers.

In lieu of a set ticket price, those who attend will be asked to donate to the fund to preserve Roxbury Bandshell.

All who come to “Faith County” should bring a lawn chair.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Information: 266-3016 or www.nailsouptheatre.com.

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