Rehearsal For Murder

Rehearsal For Murder

Adapted by D.D. Brooke
From the teleplay by
Richard Levinson and William Link
Rehearsal for Murder is produced by special arrangement with
The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Directed by
Shaun T. McMurtrie

Scenic Designer
Anne Thompson

Costume Designer
Deborah Osborne

Technical Director
Alexa Krepps

Lighting Co- Designers
Jason Zanitsch, Caitlin Howley

Stage Manager
Erin Albrecht

Apprentice Coordinator
William C. Mulberger

                                        ABOUT THE PLAY

In Rehearsal for Murder, Bella Lamb, a theatrical producer, tells
playwright Alex Dennison that if his new mystery play does not do well on
Broadway, he can always sell it to television. Actually, in the case of
Rehearsal for Murder, TV came first, then the play. The original TV script,
the basis for the play by D. D. Brooke, was written by Richard Levinson and
William Link, two of TV’s most successful mystery writers, responsible for
the creation of Mannix, Columbo, and most notably, Murder She Wrote.

We are in the hands here of two real professionals. It is not
surprising that Rehearsal for Murder is very clever. It has as its basis
Hamlet’s words that “guilty creatures sitting at a play, have by the very
cunning of the scene, been struck so to the soul that presently they have
proclaimed their malefaction …. The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the
conscience of the king”. Rehearsal for Murder is a play within a play,
devised to unmask a killer.

It won’t be easy to detect the murderer’s identity. As Alex tells his
actors, “You take the audience by the hand and lead them in the wrong
direction. They trust you and you betray them, all in the name of surprise”.
And surprise there is. Smoke and mirrors. Signs and portents that mayor
may not lead anywhere.

The clues are all there. So are the red herrings. What is the
significance of the monocle, the Girl Scout knife, the envelope of money, the
flashlight? Why is Ernie, the doorman, so reluctant to leave the theatre? Can
Sally be as naive as she appears to be? Who is the man Alex sneaks into the
theatre, unbeknownst to the others? Why the arrival at a crucial moment of
the play of Santoro, the moving man, who comes to unload some furniture?
Answer these questions and you might very well have the key to solving the
mystery. Or, you might be led down the garden path.

Richard Gidez for SCCT

Performed July 28-31 and August 3-7, 2004

THE CAST
(in order of appearance)

Alex Dennison…………………………… Mike Waldhier
Ernie………………………………………… Charlie Wilson
Sally Bean…………………………………….Katie Murray
Monica Welles…………………………….. Jocelyn Hepp
Loretta …………………………Laura Stocker Waldhier
Lloyd Andrews……………….. William C. Mulberger
Bella Lamb…………………………………. Susanna Ritti
Karen Daniels……………………………Caitlin Osborne
David Matthews……………………………..John T. Cole
Leo Gibbs……………………………………….John Austin
Male Police Officer…………………………….Jeff Bleam
Female Police Officer…………………..Ana del Puerto
Man in Auditorium………………………..Bill Markley
Mr. Santoro………………………………Corey Knudson