Playmakers Presents The Spiral
Playmakers Theater of Covington
is presenting the classic thiriller, "The Spiral Staircase".
The play is written for the stage by F. Andrew Leslie from the
screenplay by Mel Dinelli. It is directed by Kim Mestier.
The "Spiral Staircase"
is a thriller/drama. Mrs. Warren and her stepson Professor Warren
live in an old Victorian house in a small town in New England.
Mrs. Warren is completely bedridden. A young women, Helen, is
her companion and helper but has been unable to speak since childhood.
Someone in the area has already killed three young women who
suffer afflictions such as being crippled, facially scarred and
being simple minded. There is concern by all associated with
the Warren household that Helen may be targeted because of being
afflicted with the inability to speak. The murderer has been
traced by the local police to the vicinity of the Warren home
and the local constable comes by to warn the household to be
particularly careful to watch over Helen. A young doctor is trying
to convince Helen to see a specialist in Boston who may be able
to help her recover her ability to speak. There is a nurse who
has been hired to care for Mrs. Warren, but Mrs. Warren doesn't
like her and refused to let the nurse attend to her. Professor
Warren has an assistant, Stephen, who is somewhat romantically
interested in the nurse. Stephen and Professor Warren are at
odds with each other. The play is about the relationships between
all these people and how they relate to the effort to stop the
killer before he kills again. Helen's discovery of the killer
leads to a powerful climatic scene and an astonding discovery
about herself. The play is a terrifying mystery drama with ice
cold suspence that is sure to keep the audience on the edge of
their seats throughout the entire play.
Mestier has assembled a talent
cast. Elizabeth Williams, a show-stopper everytime she's on stage
plays the alcoholic Mrs. Oates. Multitalented Ken Richard lends
credibility to the role of the Constable. Marshall Russell, a
dramatic force plays Professor Warren The role of Helen is shared
by two talented actresses. Lontiece Walker will play the role
for perfomances on February 22, 23, and March 1 and 3. Elsie
Sipos will perform the part on March 2,8, 9, and 10. Dr. Parry
is played by a newcomer to the Playmakers stage, Jeff Polito,
Christina Pizza brings a new dimenson to the character of Nurse
Barker, the every Playmakers favorite Claire Jepsen takes on
the demanding role of Mrs. Warren, and Chris Collins rounds out
this versatile ensemble playing Stephen Rice.
The play opened Friday, Feburay
22, 2002 at 8:00pm. Other evening performances are February 23,
March 1, 2, 8, and 9. Matinee performances are on Sunday, March
3 & 10 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5.00 for students.
For more information and ticket reservations, call the Playmakers
box office at 893-1671.
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