Arts & Leisure September 6 & 13, 2007

Witness for the Prosecution opens Sept. 14
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Susan Wyman of Hiawassee plays Romaine, the wife and David Spivey of Franklin plays defense lawyer, Sir Wilfred.
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.

Michael Lindsey of Blairsville plays suspect Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution opening September 14 at the Peacock Playhouse.
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.

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.