Jean Bono will star as Vivian Violet Vinewood Bloomingdale

Last year’s “murder mystery comedy play” hosted by the Richardson Adult Literacy Center starred Justin Bono, then serving on the RISD school board. This year’s fundraiser features another Bono – retiring trustee Jean Bono.

Jean, a 6-year veteran of the board known for her no-drama approach to handling school finance and educational decisions, is actually a hoot outside the horseshoe. She’ll be one of four “community actors” working with professionals in a fun, interactive event live-streamed on Zoom to allow guests to “solve the crime” while they congregate with their team or play along at home.

“Six Feet Apart = Six Feet Under” is the story of Bloomingdale’s Floral and CBD Botanicals, a family-owned business led by an eccentric entrepreneur. As C.C. Bloomingdale’s 95th birthday approaches, feuding children and ex-wives fight for a bigger piece of his will, and Fern Cheatem of the law firm Cheatem, Scratchem and Scowl gets involved.

Jean says she’s an acting “newbie,” but she’s has had plenty of experience watching quality productions. Besides watching son Brent dance as a Wrangler and son Shane sing with Espree, she has supported students all over the district while enjoying their choir concerts, drill team revues, country and western dance offs and plays on stage. Jean will play Vivian Violet Vinewood Bloomingdale, a woman whose motto is “go big or go home” when shopping is concerned.

Lake Highlands neighbor Carolyn Potter is chairing the event for the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. The nonprofit provides English language and career training services for adults who live and work in the RISD attendance area.

Tickets to Six Feet Apart are $50 and may be purchased online here. The Zoom event opens at 7 p.m. April 24, and the play begins at 7:30.