Husband and wife team turn lemons into satirical comedy

Louise DuArt and SQuire Rushnell entertain at the M.V. Film Center on Tuesday, July 9. — File photo by Susan Safford

The husband and wife team of SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt will perform their Vineyard-based comedy, “Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard,” at the M.V. Film Center in Vineyard Haven at 7:30 pm, this Tuesday, July 9.

It will be the fourth performance of the satirical play Mr. Rushnell, a former ABC television executive and author, and Ms. DuArt, a comedian, wrote following a nasty legal dispute with a woman from Texas who moved to Edgartown with her husband and children, where she presented herself as a director of one of Houston’s largest public relations firms.

The couple wasted little time becoming a part of the town’s nonprofit establishment. That included a small nonprofit organization Mr. Rushnell and Ms. DuArt started called Network of Neighbors.

At the time the woman, a convicted felon, and her husband departed Edgartown, they owed various Island businesses thousands of dollars and had embroiled Network of Neighbors in costly litigation.

Mr. Rushnell and Ms. DuArt struck back as best they could. They wrote a play.

“They should have known better than to sue a comedian,” Ms. DuArt joked.

“Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard” is based on the true lemons-into-lemonade tale that befell comedienne Louise DuArt and author SQuire Rushnell when their small nonprofit organization was robbed of 82 percent of its treasury by cracker-jack imposters from Texas, while causing wholesale havoc to other charitable organizations in the small Island community, according to a press release.

Ms. DuArt, who has co-starred with actor and comedian Tim Conway on tour for 15 years, is considered one of the world’s top comedic Impressionists.

In “Betrayed! on Martha’s Vineyard,” she tells the couple’s tale in an array of voices, including Judge Judy, Paula Deen, Joan Rivers, Barbara Walters, Cher, and George Burns.

Mr. Rushnell, a NY Times bestselling author, narrates the performance. The duo calls the play “a one woman show with 25 celebrities and a husband.”

The show comes to a hilarious conclusion when a network of neighborly sleuths uncover the fakes, and Ms. DuArt and Mr. Rushnell—in an effort to raise money and revive their crippled nonprofit—put on a show.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $20 for Film Center members. Tickets and more information is available at