Sunday, August 23, 2009

In the Wings: The Mousetrap. Meet Susan Kisinger, the director.

Susan Kisinger directs The Mousetrap, the first production of the 2009-2010 MainStage Season of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Agatha Christie.

Susan grew fonder of the script the more she read it.

"It's a wonderful piece of theatre," she said. "There is so much subtext in the script and the characters are wonderful."

The production is set in 1952, when the play was written. The location is Monkswell Manor, an English estate that has been converted into a guest house by Mollie and Giles Ralston.

"Five guests arrive during the first scene, which is set in the middle of a snowstorm: Christopher Wren, Mr. Paravicini, Miss Casewell, Mrs. Boyle and Major Metcalf. Detective Sergeant Trotter arrives in the second scene to investigate a murder," Susan said.

"It's an ensemble cast. Everyone has an equal role, aside from the murder victim. Four actors are making their Civic MainStage debut: David Dietz, Michael Greenan, Whitney Hinds and Kate Martin. Along with Civic veterans Allen Banning, Dean Murray Hunter, Trish Peterson and Matthew Turczi, they're all terrific."

Susan concluded by explaining what audiences will take away from a performance of The Mousetrap.

"Traditionally the audience is asked not to tell anyone the ending of the show because there is a twist that usually shocks people. So the plot is exciting," Susan said. "And being set in 1952, there are a lot of wonderful, charming actions that take place that just don't happen in plays anymore: shows on the radio, stoking the aga, fixing a banging radiator. There are a lot of charming things about this show."

The Mousetrap runs three consecutive weekends from September 4-20 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site,

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