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Invisible Theatre to produce premiere of local playwright’s ‘Deelmayker’

Kathleen Erickson as Anne and Jack Neubeck as Bernie in Warren Bodow’s “Deelmayker” (Tim Fuller)

Invisible Theatre will stage the world premier of Tucson playwright Warren Bodow’s “Deelmayker” Feb. 9-21.

“Deelmayker” (the spelling refers to an Internet account) tells the story of Bernie Harris, a charismatic 65-year-old wheeler-dealer living in Palm Springs with a wife he adores. Harris realizes that as he’s been getting older, the world around him has been getting younger. Should he hang it up and count his blessings — or can he stay relevant in a world?

A few lines of dialogue about a temple in upstate New York establish Harris as Jewish, says Bodow. And though Bodow himself turned 65 a few years back, “Bernie is not my doppelganger,” he says. Bodow opened a consulting business when he retired as president and general manager of New York radio stations WQXR and WQEW. He’s enjoying a second career as a playwright, with two plays produced in New York City and a third, “Fronting the Order,” at Tucson’s Beowulf Alley in 2011. He’s also active with the Tucson chapter of the Brandeis National Committee, where he’s created and led seminars on classic film.

Tickets to “Deelmayker” are available from the Invisible Theatre box office at 882-9721 or online through OvationTix at