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BWW Previews: AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION IS FUN WHODUNNIT at Carrollwood Players Theater

L to R: Meagan Morales-Correa, Georgia Kosloski, Dan Allmond, Casper Hignite, Bill Martin, Robert Hall, Victoria Richards. Photo by Nick Hermsen.

Looking for a wickedly good whodunnit? Opening at Carrollwood Players Theatre on July 7 is An Act of the Imagination.

Written by Bernard Slade, An Act of the Imagination is an entertaining mystery with rich dialogue and interesting characters. With a series of plot twists, this play will keep you guessing until the end.

In An Act of the Imagination, mystery novelist Arthur Putnam has written something completely out of his usual genre - a graphic, adulterous romance.

A young woman claiming to be Arthur's mistress tells a tale that coincides perfectly with his new manuscript. The next thing we know - she ends up dead and Arthur is the middle of the investigation. Did Arthur murder her or is he a patsy, paying for crimes he did not commit? If he didn't murder her, who did?

Like Arthur Changing from mystery to romance, playwright Bernard is well known for his comedies. Writing a mystery was switch from his typical genre. In its debut in 1987, An Act of the Imagination managed to both delight and confound its audience.

Bernard's most recognized work "Same Time Next Year," about a couple who marries others but meets for an annual weekend was performed last season in the CWP Black Box. It swept all categories in its awards categories.

Under the direction of Victor Carr, the talented cast of An Act of the Imagination, a mixture of new and familiar faces includes Bill Martin (Arthur Putnam), Casper Hignite (Brenda Simmons), Meagan Morales-Correa (Brooke Carmichael), Robert Hall (Det. Sgt Fred Burchitt), Dan Allmond (Simon Putnam), Victoria Richards (Holly Adams) and Georgia Kosloski (Julia Putnam).

"The cast and crew have all put in many hours to bring this wonderful story to life for the sake of the audience and for their enjoyment," said Victor.

Is there a conspiracy to do Arthur in, a conspiracy that entails cunning, deceit and ingenious plotting? Is the Arthur a befuddled eccentric or cunning, cold-blooded killer?

Victor thinks that patrons will be completely surprised.

"This play will challenge the audience to follow the clues and the foreshadowing and to guess at the outcome of everything," he said. "The audience should walk away with a conversation about what happened, why it happened, and why they missed the clues that pointed to the ending."

Carrollwood Players is located at 4333 Gunn Hwy. ALL MY SONS runs Friday, July 7 through Saturday, July 22 with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are $23 general admission. Online tickets can be purchased at

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