Soap Fan Mystery Theatre Hosts Readings of Agatha Christie's UNEXPECTED GUEST & SPIDER'S WEB with Daytime TV Stars

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Daytime TV's biggest stars will read Agatha Christie's tale THE UNEXPECTED GUEST on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21 at the Soap Fan Mystery Theatre.

THE UNEXPECTED GUEST tells the story of what happens when Michael Starkwedder - the unexpected guest - accidentally drives his car into a ditch on a foggy night and wanders into a nearby house to use the phone. He discovers Laura Warwick (Stefanie Powers) standing over her dead husband's body holding a smoking gun. Together they hatch an alibi, but did she do it? With a houseful of suspects to choose from, Agatha Christie keeps the audience guessing "whodunnit" right up until the shocking climax.

The production will feature Stefanie Powers as Laura Warwick. Powers is best known as Jennifer Hart in TV's classic "Hart to Hart" opposite Robert Wagner. She received two Emmy Award and five Golden Globe Best Actress nominations for this iconic role. On the big screen, has appeared in "Experiment in Terror," "Die, Die, My Darling," "The Boatnicks," and more. Her most recent stage appearances include, LOVE LETTERS with Robert Wagner, Anna in THE KING AND I in a UK and US tour, CINDERELLA in the UK, and an upcoming musical show ONE FROM THE HART.

Vincent Irizarry will play the role of Michael Starkwelder. Irizarry won this year's Outstanding Supporting Actor Emmy Award for his role as villainous Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children." His first daytime television role was as Lujack in "The Guiding Light" for which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination. In 2006, prior to returning to "All My Children's" Pine Valley, he was the mysterious David Chow in "The Young and the Restless."

"All My Children's" Adam Mayfield will play Henry Angell and Robert Newman will play Inspector Thomas. Newman was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards and foud Soap Opera Digest awards for his role in "The Guiding Light." He also had a role in the off-Broadway musical SESSIONS.
Mrs. Warick will be played by Constance Towers from "General Hospital," who played Anna opposite Yul Brynner in the Broadway revival of THE KING AND I.

Last, Jacob Young will play Jan Warwick. Young has been nominated for 4 Emmy Awards for his work in Daytime television, having won the Emmy for the role of Lucky Spencer in "General Hospital." He was also nominated for his first television lead as Rick Forrester in "The Bold and the Beautiful," and this year received his second Emmy nomination for his current role of JR Chandler in "All My Children." In 2006, Jacob made his Broadway debut as the loveable candlestick Lumiere in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

The Soap Fan Mystery Theater will also present a staged reading Christie's SPIDER'S WEB on March 13 and 14.

SPIDER'S WEB is the story of Clarissa, the play's glamorous "spider," who stumbles upon a dead body in her husband's study. Agatha Christie's suspects are played by Daytime TV's most popular stars. Together they spin a web of deceit to throw the Police Inspector - and the audience - off the track until the true killer and motives are revealed. Nothing is what it seems in this humorous and exciting mystery thriller.

Clarissa Hailsham-Brown will be played by Juliet Mills ("Passions," THE ELEPHANT MAN) and Sir Rowland by Maxwell Caulfield ("Grease 2," CHICAGO). Ricky Paull Goldin ("Another World," "All My Children," GREASE) will play Inspector Lord; Adam Mayfield (All My Children," "Boston Public") will play Elgin, the Butler; and Jacob Young ("General Hospital," BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) will play Jeremy Warrender.

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all-time. Only the Bible has outsold her collective book sales of over four billion copies. She is currently the most translated individual author in the world. Her stage play THE MOUSETRAP is still running in London's West End after 57 continuous years. In a career spanning over half a century, she has written 80 mystery novels and short story collections plus 19 plays. The majority of her mysteries have been adapted for the big screen and television, many featuring her most iconic detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. As her plays continue to successfully tour England with Bill Kenwright's Agatha Christie Theatre Company, a new generation has been introduced to her works through the launch of cutting-edge video games, forever securing Agatha Christie's title - "Queen of Crime."

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