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Saturday & Sunday 3 pm

Seven American women, six of them winners of a Nationwide cooking contest, gather for the grand prize-a week at the Bona Dea Scuola di Cucina in Umbria, Italy, to be taught by world-renown Master Chef Vincenzo Bologni.  They live with the peculiarities of the adventure until the fifth day when they discover that they are not your average contest winners.  Surprise!

The Bona Dea Challenge is produced by special arrangement with Carole Fenstermacher


Marilyn Hilbert as Augusta Hansen (Gus)
Tina Cedras as Chandler C. Lee (C.C.)
Jo Atkinson as Janet Louise Parks
Roseann Ruggiero as Temperance Wright (Poppy)
Rose Curreri as Doris Sloan
Gay Smith as Tonya Berger
Marilyn Schweitzer as Rachel Contini

Director’s Bio

The Marco Players Carole Fenstermacher Playwright

Carole Fenstermacher’s writing credits include seven contest awards for one-act plays, but she owes a debt of gratitude to The Marco Players for showcasing her longer works. Her one-woman comedy, Her Last Starring Role, starring Marco Players regular, Marilyn Hilbert, debuted as a TMP Lunchbox presentation in April, 2019 and has gone on to various venues since. In February 2020, her full-length comedy, Tango At Two-Thirty, enjoyed its World Premiere and a sold-out run.

February 2021 brought the World Premiere of Laugh, Cry, Pee, Repeat!, penned with her multi-talented friends, Patti Corsini Caroli and Natalie King, who made it—as advertised—A Joy Ride Down The Other Side Of The Hill. She loved every second of directing the production, especially working with Patti on stage and Natalie back stage. And now, a thrill beyond her wildest dreams to entertain Marco audiences once again with The Bona Dea Challenge. How lucky can a girl get? Thanks to a brilliant cast, production team and Beverly Dahlstrom for making it all possible. And to you, the audience for your support.

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