Witness for the Prosecution opens Sept.
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Mystery lovers, make plans now to see Agatha
Christie's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION at the Peacock Playhouse in Hayesville.
The play will run September 14-16 and 21-23. Dan Norton directs a cast
of well-known favorites to brand new faces in this fascinating play of
twists and turns with a shocking, surprise ending. Playgoers will be trying
to figure out if a character really is who he says he is. Although this
play is a true classic, if one hasn't seen it, the odds are the ending
will be a real surprise. The playhouse asks that if you see the play,
do not tell the ending to friends. The story involves a naive young man
who helps an older lady when she is almost run over by a car. They become
friends, and he visits often. When she is murdered, the suspicion falls
upon him, since the old woman is rich. However, there is also a scheming
wife, a bitter housekeeper, a surprise witness, and a mysterious young
woman. Christie is a master at providing believable but totally unexpected
tangles and twists.
|Susan Wyman of Hiawassee
plays Romaine, the wife and David Spivey of Franklin plays
defense lawyer, Sir Wilfred.
The play was adapted from a short story by
Christie in her book, HOUND OF DEATH, in 1933. In September, 1953 it was
performed as a play on CBS's Lux Video Theater. Edward G. Robinson starred.
The play opened in London in October, 1953 and on Broadway in 1954. The
play won a Tony Award as best play. Francis Sullivan as Sir Wifred and
Patricia Jessel as Romaine won best actor and actress. The play also won
the New York Critics Circle Award for best foreign play. The production
ran for 645 performances.
Lindsey of Blairsville plays suspect Leonard Vole in Witness
for the Prosecution opening September 14 at the Peacock
In 1958 WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
became a successful movie starring Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, and
Marlene Dietrich. It was directed by Billy Wilder and nominated for six
Academy Awards. Note that the film was a successful adaptation of the
play, but there are significant differences. If you have seen the film,
you are still in for surprises in the play.
The play is so durable that a remake
is being considered with Nicole Kidman and Al Pacino.
Tickets go on sale on September 4. The box office
will be open from 10-4. Tickets can also be purchased by phone: 828-389-8632
or toll free 877- 691-9906. Performances begin at 8 on Friday and Saturday
with Sunday Matinees at 2:30. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $8 for
students. Be sure to set aside time to see this classic mystery September
14-16 and 21-23.