Playhouse 2000 In Rehearsal for Agatha Christie Classic

Building on the success of such stage thrillers as Appointment With Death, The Mousetrap, and And Then There Were None, Playhouse 2000 has set the cast for another blockbuster by Agatha Christie, “Witness For The Prosecution.”

“We had a really great experience putting together ‘And Then There Were None’,” said Amy Goodyear, popular P2K actress and stage director for this production, “and the audiences just loved it.  A lot of the actors who created that show are back with me to work on ‘Witness,’ and I really can’t wait to get started.”

When rehearsals begin this week, Amy will be leading one of the largest casts for a non-musical play ever assembled by P2K.  In all, nineteen actors will be required to play characters including the staff of a 1950’s English courtroom, replete with barristers, wardens, stenographers, policemen and more, plus a host of witnesses and, of course, the accused.

The cast includes many P2K veterans; they are Rob Ward, Ken DeZarn, R Sheldon Boyce, Jem Goulding, Joan Bryson, Marcus Goodyear, Paul Flett, Russell French, Dale Green, Sarah Brooks, Brandon Cunningham, Jared Graf, Amanda Radkiewicz, and Justin Radkiewicz.

Some of the players are either brand new to Playhouse 2000 or returning after an absence from their stage, including Aaron Thomas, Barry Wall, Emily Eubank and Pat O’Connor.  And, in a new role for him,

Kerrville City Council member Vincent Voelkel is scheduled to make his stage debut as a Policeman.

This large group is required for Christie’s elaborate courtroom drama, which was built from a short story she wrote in the 1920’s.  Adapted for the stage in 1953, “Witness For The Prosecution” played London’s Winter Garden Theater in 1953, and went on to be a blockbuster film with Tyrone Power and Marlene Dietrich, and has received multiple television adaptations and foreign translations.

“It’s a lot like the courtroom scenes from ‘Law & Order,’ – or, going back a little further, ‘Perry Mason’.”  Mrs. Goodyear says.  “The drama builds because we don’t know if an innocent man will be found guilty – or if he really is innocent.”

As in all of Christie’s stage plays, the audience will be kept guessing until the very end, when an amazing “trick ending” provides the evening’s climax.

The Playhouse 2000 production of “Witness For The Prosecution” is part of the company’s 20th Anniversary Season, which comes to a close with this production.  It will open on Friday, October 19th, in the VK Garage Theater and run through November 4, with Friday and Saturday shows beginning at 7:30 and Sunday Matinees at 2:30.  All tickets are $22, General Admission.

Due to the intimate nature of the VK Garage Theater, advance reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling or visiting The Cailloux Theater Box Office, (830) 896-9393, from 10am to 1pm Monday through Friday or 10am to 3pm Saturday, or online at www.Playhouse2000.com (convenience fees will apply.)  Both online orders and telephone messages are available 24 hours per day.

The VK Garage Theater, located at 305 Washington Street at Main in downtown Kerrville, is part of The Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for the Performing Arts managed by Playhouse 2000, Inc.  More information about P2K is available at www.Playhouse2000.com.

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