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Lucky Penny Productions is Back with Live Theatre for the Napa Valley

After a wildly popular production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” the second show of the Lucky Penny Productions 2021-22 season will be “Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End,” opening October 15 and running for three weekends.

Erma Louise Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved fame for her syndicated newspaper humor column about suburban home life from 1965 to 1996. Between 1965 and April 17, 1996 – five days before her death – Bombeck wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, using broad and sometimes eloquent humor, chronicling the ordinary life of a Midwestern suburban housewife. By the 1970s, her columns were read semi-weekly by 30 million readers of the 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. She also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers.

“Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End” is a one-woman, one-act play offering a look at one of our country’s most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind America’s beloved humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all – the truth.

Following that show, Lucky Penny presents “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol,” a version of the Dickens classic set in the present and steeped in Napa’s high stakes wine business. Alexander Yuge is a financial success with his company Yuge Wine Brands, but his heartless attitude earns him few friends. Even his loyal nephew Joe Patchett wonders what’s gone wrong. But a familiar yet mysterious group of Christmas Eve visitors help Yuge remember what really matters. This new holiday show for the whole family is being written by Lucky Penny co-founder Barry Martin, author of “The Tasting Room,” with original music and lyrics by Rob Broadhurst.

In January 2022 the second part of the season begins with “Disney’s High School Musical,” a project of Lucky Penny’s Napa Academy of Performing Arts, followed by “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “The How and the Why,” and “Bright Star.”

Tickets for all performances are available at or by calling 707-266-6305. Current public health protocols require proof of vaccination or recent negative test, and masks must be worn indoors at all times. These measure will be in place as long as necessary for the safety of patrons, volunteers, and performers. Questions can be sent to


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