Anna Maria's Island Players present 'Mama Won't Fly'

'Mama Won't Fly' is a wacky comedy about a harrowing road trip

March 20, 2014 

From left, Anne Bean, Rick Kopp, Jo Kendall, Robin Rhodes, Judy Keenan, Vinnie Conte, Cathy Hansel-Edgerton and Megan Cox star in "Mama Won't Fly" at Island Players.PHOTO PROVIDED

Last year, right around this time, the Island Players offered a comedy called " 'Til Beth Do Us Part," a fast-paced comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, a writing team collectively known as simply Jones Hope Wooten.

Apparently audiences and officials from the theater liked what they saw, because now Island Players is offering another Jones Hope Wooten comedy.

This one's called "Mama Won't Fly."

The story revolves around a woman who's heading out from her Alabama home to her brother's wedding in California.

The wedding's in four days. She's bringing along her mother and the bride-to-be, and, as the title implies, they have to drive the whole way.

The wacky comedy consists of their cross-country race against the clock, which does not go smoothly.

There's a car theft, the accidental killing of a relative, a ride in a hijacked 18-wheeler and a memorable visit to Vegas.

The Southern-flavored comedies of Jones, Hope and Wooten have become staples of theaters across the country.

All three writers also have solid are successful film and television credits. Jones co-wrote the Whoopi Goldberg film "Kingdom Come," Hope has written extensively for television and Wooten wrote a lot of episodes of "The Golden Girls."

Details: March 20-April 6, Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Show times: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20. Information: 941-778-5755,

--Marty Clear

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