Morris Theatre Guild’s new season opens Friday

‘Squabbles’ will be performed this weekend and next

MORRIS – Morris Theatre Guild is pleased to open a new season with the play, “Squabbles: aka Your House or Mine,” written by Marshall Karp and directed by Matt Pasternak. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 16; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24.

This play pits a father-in-law against a mother in a comedic succession of squabbles. Jerry Sloan (played by Dan Rosier), is a successful writer of advertising jingles who is married to an equally successful lawyer, Alice (Bailey Dunbar). Living with the happy couple is the not-so-happy Abe Dreyfus (Jim Welch), Jerry’s curmudgeon of a father-in-law. Abe is a funny guy to the audience, but not to Jerry.

The situation is exacerbated when Jerry’s mother, Mildred (Kathy Missel), loses her house in a fire and needs a place to stay. Abe and Mildred can’t stand each other. Add to the mix a Latino handyman (Bill Gillespie), a retired pharmacist neighbor (Bill Slivka) and a governess (Judy Miller), who all join the craziness. This play is one confrontation after another until the finale in which the oldsters discover that each is not so bad after all.

Both season tickets and individual tickets are available for purchase online at or by calling 815-942-1966. Since this is the first show of the 2021-22 season, the best value is the season ticket. A four-show complete season ticket is $45, saving $15 for a free show. A reduced three-show season ticket costs $36, with the option of selecting three of the plays. An advantage of season tickets, in addition to the savings, is the ability to reserve seats ahead, and not worry about missing a show because it’s sold out. Individual tickets also are available online for $15 each, while tickets purchased at the door are $20.

Morris Theatre Guild also would like to thank the Grundy County Foundation for a grant that helped build sets and that offset some of the losses from last year’s canceled shows.

Seating is now assigned, so order tickets online for the best selection. For season ticket holders, favorite seats and date selections are reserved, with changes possible for future shows by calling the theater.