Dead-on-target suspense coming to playhouse

  • “Deadly Murder” cast members, director and stage manager rehearse for the taut thriller, running Friday to Sunday at the playhouse in Meredith. Courtesy

  • Lamando

  • Yellin

  • Daniels

Published: 10/9/2019 6:51:17 PM

Secrets drive suspense, and there are plenty of both in David Foley’s taut thriller, Deadly Murder, onstage at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse from Friday through Sunday. An Edgar Award nominee frequently performed throughout Europe, the Meredith playhouse offers six performances that will introduce regional audiences to a layered and taut play full of twists and turns and the unexpected. The original title If/Then hints at the way perceptions change for both the characters and the audience as the plot is unveiled. Or, as one woman’s life unravels.

Camille is living an upscale NYC life, made sweeter by having gained the glitter in an uphill scramble from very different beginnings. Talent and wit brought her success as an in-demand exclusive jewelry designer: along with that, an appetite for attractive – and younger – men. When she brings one home from yet another society gala, she gets more than she bargained for in young Billy.

Dalliance turns to danger as she finds herself held hostage at gunpoint; and gets a nagging suspicion he may be connected to the past she has reason to forget. Camille summons courage and bravado, along with the resident security guard Ted. And the tension deepens with each twist and turn of this taut and witty and ultimately satisfying thriller reaches its climax.

The professional team includes Wendi Yellin as Camille – a newcomer to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Yellin has spent the last 10 years performing in the U.S. and around the world, and this past summer at Ogunquit Playhouse as Children’s Theatre Director. Her castmates include TJ Lamando (Billy), who was at the Playhouse this summer in Avenue Q, and Thomas Daniels (Ted), who was in the April production of Insignificance.

Offstage, this is a first production in Meredith for director Tyler Christie and scenic designer Hannah Joy Hopkins who will team with creative staff DW, costume designer; John Findley, lighting designer; with two founding Winnipesaukee members, Johanna Bloss Halperin on props and current Producing Artistic Director Neil Pankhurst on sound.

More information can be found at winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or 279-0333.




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