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University Theatre to present dark comedy “Murderers” April 14-16

March 28, 2016
By cnp
Posted in Theatre

The award-winning University of the Ozarks Theatre will present three performances of intriguing characters and surprising twists as they perform Jeffrey Hatcher's comic thriller "Murderers," on April 14, 15 and 16.

The University Theatre will present Murderers at 7:30 p.m. on both Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, as well as 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the Walton Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased in advance at or at the box office prior to the performance.

Murderers is a collection of three comic monologues set in the fictional retirement community of Riddle Key.

"The Man Who Married His Mother-in-Law" is one man’s confession of an illicit love affair, a plan for the perfect murder and an attempt to shelter $5 million from the IRS. Next up is "Margaret Faydle Comes to Town," which finds Lucy Stickler, the long-suffering wife of Bob, concocting a diabolical scheme to once and for all have revenge on her cheating spouse and the aged femme fatale who stole him when they were young. Lastly, "Match Wits With Minka Lupino" tells of Riddle Key’s receptionist, an avenging angel who’s on a mission to clear the retirement community of its many predators?from deceitful health care workers to Bible thumpers and conniving heirs.

The cast is comprised of Ben Howard as Gerald, Jessica Jobst as Lucy and Sandra Davis as Minka.

The crew includes Professor Bruce B. Brown as director and set, costumes, graphic and sound designer; Lucas Hoiland as lighting and technical director; James Allen as light board operator; Eleazar Coronado as assistant stage manager, run crew; John Davis as revolve crew; Haley Hanks as sound board operator; Annie Williams as wardrobe crew dresser; and Rhett Sells as fly operator.

The Philadelphia Enquirer said, "Murderers is an elegant, pitch-black comedy, as compelling to watch as it is to hear. The play manipulates the genre to enliven rich stories, passionately told. High-definition characters…surprise twists and sharply comic turns…masterly writing."

The University Theatre, in its 96th season, was one of five university theatres from the five-state Region VI selected to participate in the prestigious regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February.

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