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The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

by John  Bishop

February 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 20, 1997

Plank Road School

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

 

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Production Staff

Director

Tom Zuehlke

Stage Manager

Edwige Feuillere

Lighting Designer

TJ Jackson

Costume Designer Mary Boykin Chesnut
Technical Director Paul Watzka
Props Danny Hill
 

Lighting Crew

Steve Sahs

Stage Crew

Pepin Lachance

Dave O'Brien

Construction Crew

Kelly Brown

Tom Brown,

Thomas Bro

Publicity

Jovan Kreuser

Composer

Luke Jankowski

 

Cast

Helsa Wenzel Terri Plewa  
Elsa Von Grossenknueten Maureen Kania  
Michael Kelly Kid Beat Box  
Patrick O'Reilly Luke Jankowski  
Ken De La Maize Thomas O'Neil  
 
Nikki Cranedll Juli Murphy  
Eddie McCuen John Janezic  
Marjorie Baverstock Jude Kinnear  
Roger Hopewell Robert Richard Jorge  
Bernice Roth Sharon Mitchell  

 

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