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Rachel McPhee appears Off-Broadway in “Dead Shot Mary”

Aug. 19, 2016
Category: Performance

2005 Wisconsin graduate Rachel McPhee will star in a limited engagement of Dead Shot Mary Off- Broadway this fall. McPhee pairs her Acting Specialist and History Degrees for this project based on the phenomenal true story of Mary Shanley.

A pioneer for women in law enforcement, Mary Shanley joined the NYPD in 1931, quickly becoming a Gotham all-star and tabloid sensation. During her 30-year career, she worked undercover to achieve a staggering 1000 career arrests, became the fourth woman in history to make detective 1st grade, and then nearly lost it all. Capturing her at a major crossroads of career, identity, and love – her most elusive culprit of all Dead Shot Mary grapples with the legend of this trail blazer, a maverick, and a true New York original.

The solo show was written by McPhee’s husband Robert K. Benson and 2006 Wisconsin Alumni Jackie LaVanway serves on staff as the Advertising & Marketing Consultant for the production. Dead Shot Mary runs September 9th- October 15th at the Bridge Theatre in New York City. Tickets can be purchased by via the website,

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