Rover Opens New Season with Comedy BLOODY MURDER 10/24
Rover Dramawerks will open their 14th Season with the murderously funny comedy Bloody Murder by Ed Sala at the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Avenue in Plano. Performances are October 24 - November 16, with shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., with an additional matinee performance on Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Wealthy Lady Somerset (played by Carol M. Rice) has invited a collection of strangers to her English country estate for a weekend soirée and one of them is immediately murdered. Sound familiar? Well, it does to Lady Somerset and her guests, too, and they immediately make a pact to commit no more murders. The author, however, has other ideas and tries desperately to turn the story back into a murder mystery, including bringing in a policeman who wasn't called (Walt Threlkeld), a stranded motorist (Danielle Shirar), and even an international jewel thief (Dale G. Gutt).
The eclectic group of stereotypical weekend guests includes Lady Somerset's worthless nephew (Walt Threlkeld), a former British officer who once served in India (Stan Kelly), a past-his-prime actor who can't stay sober (Dale G. Gutt), a mysterious Countess with indeterminate accent, and a sweet, innocent ingénue (both played by Ashley Markgraf) who are all waited upon by Lady Somerset's devoted maid Jane (Danielle Shirar). This collection of stock characters from British murder mysteries bands together to find out who the author is so they can stop him...or her, with hilarious results.
Lindsey Humphries serves as director, with Darcy Koss as Stage Manager. Set design is by Liz Rogers and Erica Rémi Lorca with lighting design by Catherine Montgomery. Costumes and hair/make-up are by Stephen Wantland and the Dallas Costume Shoppe, sound design is by Robbi Holman, and props are by Madeleine Morris.
Rover Dramawerks is pleased to announce that the playwright, Ed Sala, will be joining them for several performances. On Saturday, November 2 after the matinee, Rover will be hosting a talk-back with the author, director, and cast, sponsored by Bridge Builder Academy of Plano. Then that night, after the evening performance, Rover will have a reception to honor Mr. Sala. Both post-show events are free.
Tickets for Bloody Murder are $16.00 on Thursdays and the one matinee and $20.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Thursday, October 24 is Preview Night, and all seats are $10.00 in advance online or "pay-what-you-can" at the door.
Following the performances on Fridays, October 24, November 1, 8, and 15 at 10:30 p.m., Rover Late Night is pleased to continue their popular Late Night series with GAME NIGHT, three short plays inspired by classic board games.GAME NIGHT is free to anyone attending Bloody Murder that night, otherwise, just $8.00.