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mystery

AN ACT OF THE IMAGINATION
by Bernard Slade

January 17 – February 1, 2014
Fri, Sat:
January 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 & February 1, 2014 | 8 PM
Thurs:
January 30, 2014 | 8 PM
Sun:
January 19 & 26, 2014 | 2:30 PM
Directed by
Sue Birch
Dupree Theatre, Irving Arts Center

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Eccentric author, Arthur Putnam is a successful British mystery writer, but his latest work has oddly turned into a vivid and adulterous romance. His son, second wife, and editor marvel at the remarkable candor of the work, peculiar since it is unimaginable that he, straight-laced and stuffy Arthur, could ever have had such a tumultuous affair. Enter a woman, who is intent on blackmail and whose story is foolproof and airtight. When she turns up dead, evidence incriminates Arthur. Is Arthur guilty, or is this an ingeniously plotted conspiracy to do him in? Trysts, twists and turns… till the curtain falls!

CAST (in alphabetical order)

RAE HARVILL (Holly Adams) is delighted to be making her MILC debut. She recently played Darla in the Theatre on the Edge show, SECRETS OF MY PRISON HOUSE. Rae has also recently performed the roles of Cass/WONDER OF THE WORLD at Rover Dramawerks, and Mother/Secretary/Kid / ZOMBIE PROM at Runway Theatre. Rae was nominated for a Column Award for her role in ZOMBIE PROM in 2013. Rae is a middle school theatre teacher in Sunnyvale ISD. She would like to thank her husband, Louis, for his support and love.


KAREN MATHENY (Brooke) is excited for the opportunity to act for MILC again after her first appearance as Weetsie in THE COVER OF LIFE. Some of Karen’s recent credits include Charlotte Lucas/PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Mrs. Elton/EMMA, and Sorrel Bliss/HAY FEVER at Stolen Shakespeare Guild. At Onstage in Bedford she appeared as Mrs Krebs in INHERIT THE WIND. She has her BFA in theatre from TCU, and when she isn’t onstage, Karen works for the American Association of Community Theatre and Amphibian Stage Productions.


CAITLIN MILLS-DUREE (Brenda Simmons) is thrilled to be performing for MILC once again, after debuting in THE COVER OF LIFE last year. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with director Sue Birch again after appearing in Theatre Britain’s production of ALBERT'S ANTHOLOGY and DICK WHITTINGTON. Caitlin has also appeared in MORPHIC RESONANCE with Rover Dramawerks, and COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME with Runway Theatre to name a few. She hopes you enjoy the show and as always thanks her family and friends for their continued love and support!'

BLAKE OWEN
(Simon Putnam) is delighted to debut at MILC and thrilled to again have the privilege of working with Sue Birch, who previously directed Blake as both Leonard Vole/WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION and Juror No. 8/TWELVE ANGRY JURORS. Blake was most recently seen as Mr. Bingley in Stolen Shakespeare Guild's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Some of Blake's favorite prior roles were Demetrius/A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Emperor Nero/OCTAVIA.


JOE PORTER (Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt) is excited to debut at MILC. He has recently written STAR TRIP: THE HATS OF HORROR, appeared as Lord Carnarvon/CURSE OF THE MUMMY, Peter Hawkins/Sea Captain/DRACULA, and Wilbur Loomis/CAMP DEATH all for the Pocket Sandwich Theatre. He has also appeared on the Rover Dramawerks stage as Gilbert\EVERTHING IN THE GARDEN, Various Roles/AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, Man/VERONICA’S ROOM, Various Roles/SURVIVING GRACE, and Bill Windsor/WOMAN IN MIND.


NEIL ROGERS (Arthur Putnam) is pleased to be back at MILC where he was previously seen as Gerald/WOMAN IN MIND, Mr. Kirby/YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, and Oscar Hubbard/THE LITTLE FOXES. Neil has also been recently seen at Shakespeare Dallas as Polixenes/THE WINTER’S TALE, RCT as King Arthur/SPAMALOT, Lyric Stage as Capt. Pasha/PLEASURES AND PALACES, Lewis Morris/1776 (Column Award), Theatre 3 as Sam/A CATERED AFFAIR, Garland Summer Musicals as Bratt/HOW TO SUCCEED and at Casa Manana as the Senator/THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, among many others.

LUCIA WELCH (Julia) is pleased to be once again working at MILC, where she was last seen in the role of Kate in THE COVER OF LIFE. Since then she performed in Alma Hix /THE MUSIC MAN and Sister Berthe/THE SOUND OF MUSIC both at Lyric Stage. Lucia has been seen on other area stages including Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Water Tower Theatre, Theatre Three and Uptown Players. She has also been seen in commercials, industrial videos and print, represented by Linda McAlister Talent.



Funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board