West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Theatre Department to present "Night Must Fall" April 8-10.
CONTACT: Andrew Clovis, Theatre Department, 304-424-8285.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Theatre Department at West Virginia University at Parkersburg will present Emlyn Williams’ mystery, "Night Must Fall," Friday-Sunday, April 8-10, in the college theatre.
Curtain times are 8 p.m., Friday (April 8) and Saturday (April 9) in the College Theatre. A matinee will be performed at 2 p.m., Sunday (April 10).
Set in rural England in the 1930’s, Williams’ play has long been considered a classic of the mystery genre. "Night Must Fall" is “filled with comic moments, as well as some great dramatic tension,” according to Andrew Clovis, production director. The play takes place in the home of the formidable, wheelchair-bound Mrs. Bramson, whom Clovis describes as “one of the most delightfully cantankerous characters ever seen in a mystery.”
The cast for "Night Must Fall" is comprised of both WVU Parkersburg college students and area residents. WVU-P student Wendy Smith of Mineral Wells, plays the crotchety Mrs. Bramson. Mrs.Bramson niece, the dangerously bored Olivia, is played by another WVU-P student, Maggie Allen, of Parkersburg. Rose Wyatt, a journalism student at WVU-P, plays Mrs. Bramson’s nurse, the ever-cheerful Libby. Local theatre veteran, Bob Holland of Parkersburg, takes on the role of Olivia’s suitor, the stodgy, staid Hubert Laurie. Judy Watkins, also of Parkersburg, portrays Dora, Mrs. Bramson’s slow-witted, slatternly maid. WVU-P student Heather Lang plays the delightful Mrs. Terrence, Mrs. Bramson’s no-nonsense cook. Joseph Peyton of Parkersburg returns to the WVU-P stage as the charming Inspector Belsize. Another local theatre veteran, James Hughes, plays Dora “gentlemen-friend,” the charismatic Dan. Finishing out the cast is WVU-P student Robert Walling as the Lord Chief Justice.
The crew for the production includes several WVU-P students. Patrick Garvey functions as technical assistant. In addition to Garvey, Deborah Hall, Jolene Venham, Robert Walling, Libby Wyatt, and W.W. Wyatt comprise the set and costume construction crews. Clovis is also serving as production designer.
Tickets for "Night Must Fall" are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. WVU-P students, staff, and faculty may purchase tickets in advance for $1.00. Tickets may be purchased at the College Business (424-8223) between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Both plays are recommended for mature audiences only. Additional information is available by contacting Clovis at 424-8295.
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