Opening this Friday, February 8th, Pec Playhouse Theatre will be performing the first show of its 2013 season, Write Me a Murder, a thriller by Frederick Knott.
This show takes us across the pond to Britain, where the patriarch of the prestigious Rodingham family is on his deathbed. He has two sons: Clive, an aristocratic playboy, and David, a reclusive but sensitive writer of crime novels. Upon the father’s death, Clive is eager to sell the stately old family manor. David finds that after returning to the manor home after many years, he would be sad to part with it. Enter Charles Sturrock, a businessman of questionable scruples with his eye on the Rodingham land, and his wife Julie, a quiet woman who is an aspiring writer. Eagerly seeking an “in” with the Rodinghams, Charles suggests that she and David write a mystery story together. Upon spending time together, the two come up with the perfect, unsolvable murder for their story, and realize that there may be feelings blossoming between them. Charles soon reveals to Julie his true intentions for purchasing the Rodingham estate. He lays out his plan to steal the land of all the locals for his own selfish end, and Julie realizes how dishonest his ambitions are. This new knowledge, coupled with the growing feelings between her and David, lead Julie and David to the conclusion that the unsolvable murder from their story might just be conveniently unsolvable in real life as well…
PPT is no stranger to Knott's work, having performed another of his thrillers, Wait Until Dark, as part of their 2007 season. The show will be directed by Stephanie Whitmire, who is making her directorial debut.
The show will continue its run through February 24th, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $12, and can be purchased by calling 815-239-1210 or through PPT's online box office.
Featuring an impressive manor set, many talented actors, and numerous plot twists that will keep the audience guessing, Write Me a Murder could make the perfect night out to get your mind off the cold and snow. Be sure to check it out!