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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton

opening night

A MASTERPIECE OF MURDER/MYSTERY,
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S THE MOUSETRAP
IS NEXT ONSTAGE AT McCARTER THEATRE CENTER
Mayhem and suspicion abound with a new production of Christie’s seminal thriller directed by Adam Immerwahr. The ensemble features Jessica Bedford, Richard Gallagher, Adam Green, Graeme Malcolm, Andy Phelan, Thom Sesma, Sandra Shipley, and Emily Young.

 Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is a master class in murder/mystery. Called “The cleverest murder mystery of British theatre” by The Daily Telegraph, the world’s longest-running play (currently in its 64rdseason on the West End) contains all the trimmings and trappings of the perfect stage thriller.

Set in the English countryside, The Mousetrap introduces a collection of strangers stranded at a manor house during a horrendous snowstorm. To make matters worse, the group soon discovers a murderer may be among them.

So who’s the killer? Could it be one of the newlyweds (Adam Green and Jessica Bedford) whose rampant suspicions nearly wreck their marriage? Maybe it's the spinster with the curious background (Sandra Shipley). It could be the off-kilter architect (Andy Phelan), the straight-laced retired Army Major (Graeme Malcolm), the mysterious woman (Emily Young), or maybe the odd little man who appears at the door unannounced (Thom Sesma). With a suspicious Detective on the case (Richard Gallagher), The Mousetrap hurtles to an exciting conclusion with numerous twists and surprises. Take your best guess, but whatever you do don’t spoil the ending…

The Mousetrap runs March 8 - 27 on the Matthews Stage. Tickets are available now at the McCarter Box Office, online at www.mccarter.org, or by phone at 609-258-2787
McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. For more information, www.mccarter.org


Relaxed Performance – Wednesday, March 16 at 7 pm

A relaxed performance is one that has been adapted to provide a relaxed and safe environment for individuals with autism, learning differences, or other sensory and communication needs so that they and their families may enjoy live theater together. The quality of the production still aligns with McCarter's high artistic standards, but small adjustments are made to certain technical elements (such as sound and light cues). In addition, professional staff will be on hand to assist parents and caregivers, a family restroom will be available, and there will be designated activity and relaxation areas in the lobby. Tickets for this special performance are $5.00, and may be purchased by phone at 609-258-2787 or in person at the McCarter Theatre Center Box Office. 


The Mousetrap – Production Facts

Creative, Production, and Design Team
Playwright: Agatha Christie    Direction: Adam Immerwahr

Scenic Design: Alexander Dodge  
Costume Design: Jess Goldstein   Lighting Design: Philip Rosenberg
Sound Design: Nick Kourtides   Dialect Coach: Gillian Lane-Plescia                         Casting Director: Caparelliotis Casting
Production Stage Manager: Cheryl MintzStage Manager: Alison Cote
Director of Production: David York
Managing Director: Timothy J. Shields   Artistic Director/Resident Playwright: Emily Mann 

CAST (in alphabetical order)
Molly Ralston: JESSICA BEDFORD
Det. Sgt. Trotter: RICHARD GALLAGHER
Giles Ralston: ADAM GREEN
Major Metcalf: GRAEME MALCOLM
Christopher Wren: ANDY PHELAN
Mr. Paravicini: THOM SESMA
Mrs. Boyle: SANDRA SHIPLEY
Miss Casewell: EMILY YOUNG

The actors and stage managers for this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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