Cozy Cottage Set Is Home To SLEUTH At Possum Point Players

All are welcome to visit a lovely English country home now on stage for Possum Point Players production of the Tony Award winning mystery, "Sleuth." A classic tale of suspense, audience members might only occupy the edge of their seats as the play continues Feb. 1, 2 and 3. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at www.possumpointplayers.org or the ticketline, 856-4560.

Designed by Michael Murnin, assisted by scenic artist Leslie Snowdon-Jones, the elaborate cottage set for "Sleuth" features a spiral staircase, a soaring window that arches up two floors and walls and shelves covered with tchotchkes of gaming and weaponry. The classic mystery thriller will keep you wondering and guessing about just what is real, a decoration or a weapon? Murnin said, "As they say, it takes a village..." as he credits members of the cast, technical and other crews for the finished product.

In Possum Point Players' "Sleuth," Chuck Rafferty portrays famous mystery writer and consummate game player, Andrew Wyke, who is quite at home in the charming and perhaps frightening cottage. His game of choice begins when he invites a younger, but also acclaimed, game player to visit. Milo Tindle, played by Thomas Trietley, rises to the occasion and relishes a battle of wits against someone of Wyke's talent and reputation. Could it be that Tindle also relishes someone who was once near and dear to Wyke?

As the two appear to cooperate in devising a game that involves robbery and may lead to murder, it's up to the audience to figure out where the game ends and real life begins. As mysterious as the plot may become, the entrance and exit of the main characters is further confused by appearances of Inspector Popple, Detective Sgt. Tarrant and Police Contable Higgs, who may or may not be played by Paul Kozelka, Hal Lemmerman and Ron Villane.

Audience members might wonder who left the stage and who just entered? Is this their real lives or part of the game Wyke and Tindle are making up as they go?

When first performed on Broadway, "Sleuth" won both the Tony and the Drama Critics Circle awards and held its popularity through film versions. Director Ed Guinan said the Possum Point Players' production of the intense drama will hold audience members' attention until the final curtain as they try to decide whodunnit, who is really whom and just who is left

"Sleuth" is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French Publishing.

Possum Point Players is supported, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts

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