Sheriff Thomas Medland, all his deputies and the thick walls of the Old Stone Jail were unable to keep convicted murderer James P. McCabe under lock and key, but he ultimately paid the penalty for the brutal slaying of Michael Reilly on Bangall Road in Preston Township. Saturday, May 5, is the deadline for reservations for "Law & Order Murder on the Bangall Road," an original dinner theater production written and performed by members of the Ritz Company Theater, to be presented one time only, on Saturday, May 26.
The evening will begin in an elegant tent behind the historic Dimmick Building on the corner of 9th and Court Streets. Bob Zabady, of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, will prepare a bounteous dinner consisting of prime rib, salmon, shrimp scampi and honey-baked ham with appropriate side dishes, punch and iced tea.
Following the dinner, the actors, led by Sandy Gabrielson, will present an interactive reenactment of the trial of James McCabe in the courtroom in the Wayne County Courthouse where the original trial took place. After the play, all attendees are invited to tour the Old Stone Jail, where James McCabe was held and from which he made his escape (only to be recaptured and hanged) and meet the actors.
Reservations for the dinner are $75 per person, including the courthouse performance. Tickets for the play only are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Dinner is at 6 pm and the play begins at 8. For information or to make reservations, visit the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main Street, Honesdale, between 10 am and 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday, call the society at 570-253-3240, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at WayneHistoryPA.org.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Wayne County Historical Society, which offers free tours of the Old Stone Jail from 10 am to 1 pm on the first Saturday of each month, June through October.