By Frederick Knott
Directed by Janet Palmer
Auditions on March 11 &12 at 7pm at the Potomac Playmakers Performing Arts Center 17303 W Washington St, Hagerstown MD 21740.
Show dates are June 7-9 & 14-16, 2024 Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors (65+)
Tony Wendice, who married his wife Margot for her money, now plans to murder her for the same reason. Tony arranges the perfect murder: He hires a scoundrel he once knew into strangling Margot, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. The night of the planned attack, in a thrilling surprise twist, the plan goes awry and Margot manages to kill her attacker.
Momentarily ruffled, Tony soon sees the hitman’s death as an opportunity to have his wife convicted of murder. Working with an inspector from Scotland Yard, Tony plants the idea that Margot had planned the murder. Fortunately, the inspector and a friend of Margot’s eventually discover the truth. In a scene of almost unbearable suspense, they trick Tony into revealing his guilt, freeing Margot.
Margot Wendice: The charming, naïve, and wealthy wife of Tony, Margot has no idea that Tony knows of her past affair with Max, nor does she suspect that Tony is planning to murder her. F, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity.
Max Halliday: An American murder mystery writer, Max had an affair with Margot during the time Tony was playing professional tennis tournaments in America. He is still in love with Margot and comes to visit the couple in London. M, 30s – 50s, any ethnicity.
Tony Wendice: Margot’s husband, Tony is a former professional tennis player who married Margot for her money. He is selfish and arrogant and has an elaborate scheme to murder Margot because of jealousy over a past affair between Margot and Max. M, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity.
Captain Lesgate: An old schoolmate of Tony’s and a convicted criminal, Lesgate is now being blackmailed by Tony into murdering Margot. He seems willing to do anything for money. M, 30s – 40s, any ethnicity.
Inspector Hubbard: A British Inspector of Police, head of the investigation after murder attempt against Margot. Hubbard is a bit eccentric, but thoughtful and thorough. M, 40s – 60s, any ethnicity.
Thompson: A police officer. Any age, any ethnicity.