Tony Award-Winning Thriller SLEUTH at MTC MainStage This November
Sleuth, a play by Anthony Shaffer, is the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse, played out in a cozy English country house owned by a celebrated mystery writer. A Tony Award-winning whodunnit with twists at every turn, this spell-binder will keep you on The Edge of your seat. Other works by Anthony Shaffer include the play Murderers, as well as the screenplay adaptations of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun. "I've always found mysteries so fascinating," says director of MTC MainStage's Sleuth, Pamela Hill. "I grew up reading Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries -- I couldn't get enough of them. Later, I became hooked on television mysteries and crime series. I would plan my days and nights around Murder, She Wrote, Columbo and Perry Mason reruns. So, it's no surprise that I love good stage mystery/thrillers. For those of you who have never seen Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, be prepared for one of the greatest roller coaster rides of comedy mystery/thrillers. Nothing is what it seems... even at second or third glance..."
The cast features David Brickman, a dual UK/US citizen and third generation thespian, who has been acting since age six. His recent stage credits include Arthur Miller in Marilyn in NYC, as well as Richard in The Lion in Winter and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. Brickman has also appeared in numerous films and commercials, with television credits including General Hospital, 24 and voiceovers for BBC America.
John Little previously appeared in the MTC MainStage production of Ancestral Voices, and recently performed in the Roundabout Theatre Company National Tour of Cabaret. Other Connecticut regional credits include A Woman of No Importance and Major Barbara at Yale Rep, The Seven Year Itch and An Inspector Calls at Ivoryton Playhouse and Glimmerglass at Goodspeed. Little's television credits include Boardwalk Empire and Law and Order.
The cast of Sleuth also features three actors making their MTC MainStage debut: Philip Farrar, who appeared as Daddy Warbucks in Annie 2 at Blackpool Music Circus; Harold K. Newman, who appeared in Oklahoma! with St. Bart's Players in NYC; and Roger Purnell, who appeared in Committed at McGuffin Ensemble Theatre.
Sleuth is directed by Pamela Hill, who has returned to MTC MainStage, where she previously directed the Connecticut Critics' Circle nominated Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, as well as Rodgers and Hart and Side by Side by Sondheim. An award-winning director, Hill has worked at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Contemporary American Theatre Company, The Human Race Theatre Company, Short North Stage and Actors' Theatre. Among the favorite mysteries she has directed are The Real Inspector Hound, Night Watch, Wait Until Dark, Prescription: Murder, Dial "M" for Murder, Deathtrap and The Mousetrap.
The design team includes set design by Jordan Janota, lighting by Michael Blagys, costumes by Diane Vanderkroef and fight direction by Dan O'Driscoll. The production is stage managed by Jim Schilling.
The MTC MainStage 30th Anniversary Season will continue with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (December 9-18), I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (February 24-March 5, 2017) and End of the Rainbow (April 7-23, 2017).
The MTC MainStage 30th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored in part by The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and The Hour/Hearst Connecticut Media Group. "SLEUTH" TICKET/PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
- Ticket prices range from $30-$55, and are available now online at www.musictheatreofct.com or by phone at (203) 454-3883.
- Performances are November 4-20, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.
- MTC MainStage is located at 509 Westport Avenue (behind the Nine West Outlet) in Norwalk, CT.
Photo by Heather Hayes