posted on November 01, 2010 13:01
For Immediate Release:
Contact person: JoAnn Evans, South Padre Island, 956-772-9097
Agatha Christie’s Classic Mystery And Then There Were None Kicks Off El Paseo Arts Foundation’s 2010-2011 Showcase Season on November 2nd
The whodunit, murder mystery genre, remains as popular as ever with both actors and audiences. There are numerous attractions to mysteries, perhaps the biggest being, that it’s a chance for the audience to play amateur sleuths, as the actors collaboratively attempt to outwit them. On November 2, 2010, El Paseo Arts Foundation brings the Camille Playhouse’s production of a classic mystery by Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None to the stage at the SPI Convention Center.
The play, adapted by Christie from her best-selling novel tells the story of ten people who are invited for a weekend on an island by a Mr U. N. Own. None of the guests know one another and no one knows the mysterious host who isn’t on the island when the guests arrive. Before dinner that evening, the guests notice 10 soldier boy figurines on the dining room table. During the meal, a record plays, accusing each of the 10 of murder. Each guest acknowledges awareness of the deaths of the persons mentioned, but denies either malice and/or legal culpability. The now very nervous guests realize they have been tricked into coming to the island, but find that they cannot leave: the boat which regularly delivers supplies has stopped arriving.
What ensues is, at some points gruesome, but always entertaining and puzzling, as one by one the individuals are killed according to macabre words of the children's nursery rhyme from which the title is taken, and with each new murder one of 10 figurines disappears.
The plot, like all of Ms. Christie’s mystery stories, is intricate and complex even though it is clear from the beginning that many of the guests are about to meet their deaths in an unexpected manner. The audience is constantly looking for the answer to two questions. Who will be next? Who is the murderer? In adapting the novel to a play, Ms. Christie changed the ending so even those who have read the novel are in for some surprises.
Camille’s artistic director Ben Agresti has updated the 1943 play a little, moving the location from a remote island off the coast of England to an island off the coast of Florida, near Key West; and, although, the story is more than 60 years old, its themes of justice and retribution still resonate with modern audiences.
If you love a good mystery, you won’t want to miss this production of And Then There Were None.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar and the “curtain” goes up at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person/ $20 for El Paseo members. Tickets are available for purchase at the SPI Visitors Center, Paragraphs Bookstore, Designer
Consigner, on line at www.elpaseoarts.org or by calling 956-943-4700.