Upper Division Theatre – Nov. 16, 17, 18


April 4th-6th 7:00 p.m. in the Notre Dame Cafetorium

The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens
By Billy St. John

Great storm effects, spiffy costumes and lots of fun and mystery distinguish this work by the author of Abduction, The Reunion and others. Ever want to commit a murder? Walter, the playwright's alter ego in this madcap mystery, demonstrates just how to do someone in in your imagination, of course! After introducing the audience to tyrannical millionaire Edward Worthington's relatives, business associates and household staff most of whom have reason to wish the man dead Walter exits, only to reappear in a tuxedo as Worthington. Gathered on a stormy evening at Worthington Manor to celebrate Edward's fiftieth birthday are his attractive wife, her playboy brother, Edward's befuddled older sister, his ex-wife and his daughter, a college student. Also present are his shady lawyer and his uptight business manager with his giddy wife and sexy southern secretary as well as the butler, the housekeeper, the maid and the cook. Each has a motive that is barely established when the lights go out! Seconds later they come back on to reveal the knife for the birthday cake protruding from Edward's back. In Act II, the police detective also played by Walter investigates, eventually allowing the audience to question or accuse suspects before the killer's identity is revealed in a surprising climax.

GRACE MERSINO Walter – the playwright
MATTHEW WOOD Edward Worthington III – a millionaire, tyrannical, 50s

DRAKE MERSINO Lt. James McMillan – a police detective, 30s
CRISTINA ALDO Allegra Blackwell Worthington – Edward’s attractive wife, early 30s
GIUSEPPI FREGOLI Tony Blackwell – Edward’s brother-in-law, a playboy, early 30s
SIENA MOCCIA Justine Worthington – Edward’s ex-wife, bitter, late 40s
BROOKE COUSINS Debra Worthington – Edward and Justine’s daughter, a student
ALEX SPEVETZ Beatrice Worthington – Edward’s older sister, a spinster, 60s
LUIGI CHIRCO Roy Phillips – Edward’s business manager, nervous and uptight
ABIGAIL KOT Phillips – Roy’s wife, giddy, 30s
JULIA RUGGIRELLO Peggy Sue Brumley – Edward’s secretary, a Southern Belle, 20s
ROWLAND SCHEESSELE Lawrence Tate – Edward’s lawyer, businesslike, 50s
EVAN WELLS Hollister – the butler, formal 60s
KATE DOOLEY Mrs. Vickers – the housekeeper, outspoken, 40s
ALANNAH SANTA MARIA Edith – the maid, pretty, innocent, 20s
BROOKE BANDY Ina – the cook, has a temper, 40s