The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph's College will present the murder mystery Laura by Vera Caspary and George Sklar on October 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 pm CDT in SJC's Evans Arts and Science Building Theatre. Tickets are $5.00 and free for SJC students, faculty, and staff.
Caspary's Laura was a popular novel in 1942 and became a hit movie in 1944. In 1946, Caspary and George Sklar co-wrote the theatrical adaptation that had audiences on the edge of their seats.
When Laura Hunt is murdered, Detective Mark MacPherson comes to investigate. While the detective knows Laura is dead, he cannot help but fall in love with her. The plot takes a turn when Laura returns alive. Now, Detective McPherson must discover the identity of the body and find the murderer before he returns for his original victim - Laura.
"Laura is one of those rare pieces that works as a novel, a movie, and a play. It is full of twists and turns and tense psychological drama that will keep the audience guessing until the end," said SJC Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts John Rahe. "The young, talented cast is doing an excellent job of capturing these characters and the 1940's noir style that the script features. I think the audience will be caught in the drama and surprised by the excellent performances."
The cast includes junior Theatre Arts major A.J. Frigo of Monon, Ind. as Mark MacPherson; senior English-Creative Writing and Religion and Philosophy major Michael Sosnowski of Madison, Ind. as Danny Dorgan; junior English major Tanner Brunson of Lafayette, Ind. as Waldo Lydecker; sophomore Biology-Chemistry major Daniel Amador of Highland, Ind. as Shelby Carpenter; sophomore Mass Communication major Chloe Broeker of Monterey, Ind. as Bessie Clary; junior Mass Communication major Megan Hetzel of Valparaiso, Ind. as Mrs. Dorgan; sophomore Psychology major Shannon Kiley of Michigan City, Ind. as Girl; and senior Computer Science and Religion/Philosophy major Erik Benson of Hammond, Ind. as Olsen.
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