The Smyrna Opera House will present the Delaware premiere of "The Reinvention of Lily Johnson" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The play, a political comedy, enjoyed a run in Philadelphia in June and July.

Lily’s seemingly perfect life shatters when her husband, Rep. Dick Johnson, is caught in an affair with a teenage intern. Can she rebuild her life while combatting political dirty tricks and battling the establishment?

"After the production in Philadelphia, many people asked me, 'When is Lily coming to Delaware?'" said the playwright, Jim Hawkins, a native of Wilmington who now lives in Smyrna. “The Smyrna Opera House is the perfect venue for this production.”

Hawkins said Samantha Simpson, who stars as Lily, commands the stage from the moment the play begins.

Simpson said she is "thrilled to play Lily, with all of her virtues and imperfections."

"Jim has written a character in Lily who is not only autonomous, assertive and intelligent, but also a bit vindictive, hasty and at times oblivious to certain issues. In other words, he has written a woman who is a human being, neither an accessory to a man, or an unattainable Madonna of a woman set apart from others on a pearly white pedestal," Simpson said.

Hawkins and Simpson were classmates in the graduate theatre at Villanova University where they met Lauren Davenport, the director of "The Reinvention of Lily Johnson." Davenport also has Delaware connections and is a graduate of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington.

"'The Reinvention of Lily Johnson' can help you make it through this crazy election year," Hawkins said.

To purchase tickets, go to, or call the Smyrna Opera House box office, 302-653-4236. The Opera House is located at 7 W. South St.