Theatre Presents Murder Mystery: 'Book of Days'
A small-town cheese plant, a mysterious murder, a determined woman and a play-within-a-play set the stage for Alma College Theatre's spring production.
Alma College Theatre presents “Book of Days” by Lanford Wilson at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Friday, April 9, Saturday, April 10 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11 in the Remick Heritage Center, Strosacker Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The play is set in the small town of Dublin, Missouri, where there is a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church and a community theatre.
"Lanford Wilson is one of the most important playwrights," says Joe Jezewski, director and associate professor of theatre. “He has a unique way of telling a story that is a bit of a challenge.”
When the owner of the cheese plant dies in a hunting accident, his bookkeeper, Ruth, suspects murder. While Ruth is cast as Joan of Arc in the local theatre, she has the opportunity to don the attributes of her character in a campaign for justice.
"Actors are telling the story,” says Jezewski. “The play starts with the characters talking directly to the audience, then they start stepping into scenes. We wonder if they are actors or characters telling the story.
"Also, if the actors are not immediately acting in the scene, they are observing the scene,” he says. “This becomes very challenging because they have little time to prepare for the next moment.”
The play was first produced in 1998 at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich., a theatre founded by Jeff Daniels. It also received an award for Best Play by the American Critics Association.
Posted: Tue, March 30th, 2010 at 4:48PM