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The Coot Elimination Committee onstage at the Plaza Playhouse Theater in Carpinteria
Date: 5/10/2014

THE COOT ELIMINATION TCOMMITTEE by Bill Waxman comes The Plaza Theatre Playhouse in Carpinteria!

Well known actor/director / Bill Waxman has created a brand new theatrical work, THE COOT ELIMINATION COMMITEE, which will receive its West Coast Premiere, May 8-18, at the Plaza Playhouse Theater. Eighty year old Mike Ryan and seventy year old Martha Fletcher have set up housekeeping together in a retirement community. Mike, who has been in love with Martha all his life, has waited through her two marriages to finally have his long time dream come true. Martha, as Mike observes later in the play, is in the midst of her attempt to “have it all.”

Mike enlists the aid of one of his aged neighbors to spy on Martha, never suspecting that this neighbor, Karl, is keeping dark secrets of his own. Meanwhile, the president of the HOA in the retirement home, Mary Beth, is recruiting Mike and Martha to be part of her Coot Elimination Committee, a plan she has to rid the retirement home like of the duck-like coots that breed there.

What ensues is both a poignant and often hilarious look at life in a community of active seniors.

Produced in association with DIJO Productions. its author and director Bill Waxman has had recent theatre roles in The New Jerusalem, The English Bride and the Exonerated, all at Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara,. His directing credits include Talley’s Folly, No Exit (Elite Theatre in Oxnard, CA) and musical director for Spoon River Anthology.
He most recent work, Fighting The Invisible, a play with music about Fibromyalgia was produced last May at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara.

Featured in the cast are well known Santa Barbara area actors Tim Whitcomb, Debbie Helm, Leslie Story, Ed Giron (recently seen at the Plaza Playhouse Theatre as Freed in Freud’s Last Session) Stuart Orenstein, Sandy McOwen, and Char Smith.

THE COOT ELIMINATION COMMITTEE will play May 8-18, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket are $17 General Admission, $12 for Seniors or Students and are available online at, at Curious Cup Bookstore (5285 Carpinteria Avenue) and at the theater box office one hour prior to showtime. Group Rates are available by emailing

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