From THE ATLANTIC CITY PRESS, TUESDAY 9/13/94

She Done It
Barnegat girl writes play slated
for dinner theater performance

n ‘The Crying Dame’ is the name of the who-done-it murder
mystery by Meggan Horowitz. The Berende-gat Players will
perform the play this weekend as dinner theater at Russell O.
Brackman Middle School in Barnegat.

By TOM DAVIS
And BETT NORCROSS McCOY
Staff Writers

BARNEGAT TOWNSHIP — A murder mystery penned by a 14-year-old Barnegat girl with a knack for the dramatic will be served up to the public — along with spaghetti and meatballs — Saturday.

"The Crying Dame" will have its dinner theater debut at the Russell O. Brackman Middle School cafeteria, which will be transformed for the night into Tahoe’s Bar & Grill, according to teacher Karen Ramsay.

"I was just tired one night, and I just started writing," said Meggan Horowitz. "Ms. Ramsay thought it was a good dinner theater."

"It’s about two detectives struggling with each other while trying to solve a case. Sort of a spoof on Sam Spade," said Ramsay, who teaches drama, reading and English at Brackman.

Horowitz and Mark Fisher, 14, are the play’s directors.

Horowitz said learning the play would reach the stage was overwhelming and the job of director is "very overwhelming."

"I had the pleasure of having both of them in class," Ramsay said.

Both now attend Southern Regional High School.

Was the play a class assignment?

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play," Ramsay said.

"She’s very creative," Ramsay said.

"I like to write plays. Most of my friends like to do that," Horowitz said. She added that she rewrote it three times.

And after a little advice from some friends about characters’ names, "The Crying Dame" is in rehearsal by the Berende-gat Players.

The troupe includes people from age 6 to about 18, with adults helping out, Ramsay said.

Horowitz said she doesn’t want to pursue a career as a playwright.

"I think I would do it just as a hobby," she said.

She’s more interested in becoming a broadcast journalist or a newspaper reporter.

The performance is set for Saturday starting at 6 p.m. at the school on Barnegat Boulevard North.

Admission is a $5 donation, which includes the performance and dinner. The doors open at 5 p.m.

Money raised will help support the Berende-gat Players, Ramsay said.

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