2016 Show Descriptions

Laura, by Vera Caspary and George Sklar

Laura Hunt was the idea modern woman: beautiful, elegant, highly ambitious, and mysterious. No man could resist her charms—not even the tough, respected NYPD detective sent to find out who killed her so viciously. As Mark investigates the case he gets to know her intimately through the three men who loved her, is mesmerized by her portrait, and finds himself seduced by her. When Laura appears in the middle of a storm, the murder mystery takes new turns; who was murdered, who is the murderer, and why? Everyone will enjoy this “who-dun-it love story with film noir tones.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This musical comedy, by Rachel Sheinkin with musical score by William Finn, centers on several socially awkward middle school students (played by adults) competing in a regional spelling by. Six quirky adolescents compete in the spelling bee, run by three equally quirky, awkward adults. Flashbacks and imagination are used to reveal personal details about each of the spellers that explores the notion that winning isn’t everything. In addition, audience members participate in the show as contestants and as family members of the contestants.

Murder at Café Noir

This 1940’s “detective story come to life” features Rick Archer, P.I., who is assigned to solve and audience driven murder mystery by David Landau. Each of the characters is “over the top”—a French Madame who is now the manager of Café Noir (a completely black and white club on the island of Mustique), a voodoo priestess, a shyster attorney, a femme fatale. The play is a satirical tribute to the film noir Bogart era.