Westport Country Playhouse to Present Reading of Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP, 12/15

Agatha Christie's classic whodunit, "The Mousetrap," will be presented as a Script in Hand playreading at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, December 15, at 7 p.m. Director is Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $15 each.

Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is about a group of strangers, one of whom is a murderer, stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

The cast includes alumni of Playhouse productions. Matthew Amendt will play Detective Sergeant Trotter. He was in Westport Country Playhouse's "Tartuffe," and a Script in Hand playreading of "Over the River and Through the Woods." Off-Broadway credits include "Henry V" in the title role, and "The Subject Was Roses."

Heidi Armbruster (Miss Casewell) appeared in Westport Country Playhouse "The Dining Room" in 2013. On Broadway, she was in "Time Stands Still." For her performance in New York's "Tea and Sympathy," she received a Drama League nomination.

David Beach (Mr. Paravicini) was in "Room Service" last year at Westport Country Playhouse. His Broadway credits include "Mamma Mia!," "Urinetown," and "Moon Over Buffalo." Regional theater credits include Goodspeed Opera House's "The Great American Mousical."

Geneva Carr (Mollie Ralston) was seen in four Alan Ayckbourn comedies at Westport Country Playhouse: "Things We Do for Love," "How the Other Half Loves," "Time of My Life," and "Relatively Speaking." She was also in several Script in Hand playreadings. Next spring, she will open on Broadway in "Hand to God," a play she has previously done with Ensemble Theatre and MCC Theater.

Robert Eli (Giles Ralston) was in Westport Country Playhouse's "The Show-Off," and Script in Hand playreadings of "Mister Roberts" and "Pack of Lies." On Broadway, he was in "Tartuffe." Television credits include "House of Cards" and "Hostages."

Ann McDonough (Mrs. Boyle) was in Westport Country Playhouse's "The Cocktail Hour." She has performed in many productions at Long Wharf Theatre, most recently in "Our Town." Her films include "Moonstruck" and "Six Degrees of Separation."

Mark Shanahan (Major Metcalf) was in Westport Country Playhouse productions of "Around the World in 80 Days," "Tryst," "Sedition," "David Copperfield," and "Journey's End," and 16 Script in Hand playreadings. He directed Playhouse Script in Hand playreadings of "Butterflies Are Free," with Blythe Danner, and "The Greatest Gift," by David Wiltse. New York stage includes "Checkers," "The 39 Steps," "As Bees in Honey Drown," and "The Internationalist."

Charles Socarides (Christopher Wren) was in Westport Country Playhouse's production of A. R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" in 2013. His New York credits include Gurney's "Indian Blood," directed by Mark Lamos, "Awake and Sing!" at Lincoln Center/Belasco Theatre, and "Old Money" at Lincoln Center.

Director Anne Keefe served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with Joanne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward. She co-directed with Ms. Woodward the Westport Country Playhouse production of "David Copperfield," and directed many Script in Hand playreadings.

Script in Hand sponsors are Marc and Michele Flaster; Script in Hand partners are Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler. Script in Hand corporate sponsor is People's United Bank Wealth Management. The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org.

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