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Dial M for Murder

February 25, 26, 27, March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Under direction of Sharie Renault
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GEneral $25
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Friday - saturday: 7:30pm | Sunday Matinee: 5:00pm
Thursday: 6:30pM
Food & Wine Reception before the play reading
1314 Spring Street, St. Helena
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This classic murder mystery in 1950s London is a mind-bending combination of passion, greed, deceit, and the murder of someone not intended as the victim. Even if you’ve seen versions of the film over the years, you’ll be challenged to guess the outcome!

Dial M for Murder

Frederick Knott

Directed by Sharie Renault

February 25, 26, 27, March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Friday & Saturday: 7:30pm | Sunday Matinee: 2:30pm

Grace Episcopal Church, Newton Hall, St. Helena

Prices

General: $25 / Groups $20 / Students $15

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Donations are gratefully accepted
GEneral $25
Students $15
Thursday: 6:30pM
Food & Wine Reception before the play reading

This classic murder mystery in 1950s London is a mind-bending combination of passion, greed, deceit, and the murder of someone not intended as the victim. Even if you’ve seen versions of the film over the years, you’ll be challenged to guess the outcome!

*We recommend audience members wear masks inside, but not required. Staff and actors are vaccinated.

1314 Spring Street, St. Helena
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Director's Statement

How to get away with the perfect crime? In keeping with all the Netflix detective shows you’ve been streaming of late, we are pleased to present Dial M For Murder by Fredrick Knott, best known for the film version that was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954.

In our production, since the play takes place post war, I asked the actors to create a back story of the character’s WWII experience. Each actor has brought to their role their own life experience and what the playwright has described in the script pertaining to their part. Lauren Haugen used her Russia/ Austrian ancestry to give her character Margot a past working in Bletchley Circle, a code breaking operation staffed by women. In order for her to play her character convincingly we researched the conditions of women prisons in London at that time and explored the trauma induced from being incarcerated. Fred Ireland who is a Viet Nam Vet chose to have Max, his character, working as an American war correspondent.  

The Retro set, costumes and prized period pieces--the 1950’s English telephone from actor Kevin Fitzpatrick, and attaché case belonging to a favorite uncle of Susan French, helped take us back in time.

Directed by Sharie Renault

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This classic murder mystery in 1950s London is a mind-bending combination of passion, greed, deceit, and the murder of someone not intended as the victim. Even if you’ve seen versions of the film over the years, you’ll be challenged to guess the outcome!

Place

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Time

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

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Intermission

15 minute intermission halfway through the play

Talk Back

the actors and director will hold an open discussion with the audience at the conclusion of the performance.

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Auditions

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

About

This classic murder mystery in 1950s London is a mind-bending combination of passion, greed, deceit, and the murder of someone not intended as the victim. Even if you’ve seen versions of the film over the years, you’ll be challenged to guess the outcome!

Place

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Time

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Sponsor

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Intermission

15 minute intermission halfway through the play

Talk Back

the actors and director will hold an open discussion with the audience at the conclusion of the performance.

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Place

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Time

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Characters

Margot Wendice

Max Halliday

Tony Wendice

Captain LesGate

Inspector Hubbard

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Auditions

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Auditons

Act I Scene 1 – A Friday evening Scene 2 – An hour later. Act II Scene 1 Saturday evening Scene 2 Later that night Scene 3 Sunday morning Act III A few months later. Early afternoon.

Early 1950’s. The action of the play takes place in the living room of the Wendices’ Apartment in London in September

Cast

Jack Stuart

Lesgate

Jack Stuart last tread the boards in Upstage’s Playwright Festival in October 2021. In 2019, he played Tom in our production of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia.” That same season, he portrayed a frantic radio newsman in “The War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. Stuart took the part of Jacob Jerome in the company’s 2017 setting of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoir.” He remembers watching Hitchcock’s “Dial M” on late-night TV with his mother when he was a boy. He didn’t understand it, but it made a great impression!

Paul Cotten

Inspector Hubbard

Paul Cotten last appeared as Vanya in "Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike" with Valley Players where he won the Daily Republic’s 2018 Award for Best Actor/Comedy. He won the 2015 Arty Award for Best Actor as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the 2014 Arty for Best Supporting Actor as Dr. Chasuble in "The Importance of Being Earnest". Paul has appeared in a number of plays in the Bay Area including The Man in Christopher Durang’s play, "Laughing Wild", at the Berkeley Waterfront Playhouse in 2017; “Macbeth" with the Vallejo Shakespeare in the Park; “M” in Cock and Allen in "God of Carnage" with On the Fringe Theater. Paul was trained at ACT and Bay Area Theater Sports in San Francisco and spends his summers in Traverse City, Michigan.

Russ Kladko

Tony

Russ Kladko is excited to be debuting in "Dial M for Murder". He had two small roles in the Playwright's Festival last fall at UNV; prior to that his stage experience was in opera, having had principal roles in various productions with Verismo Opera in Vallejo. This is his most challenging acting role to date and he is definitely looking forward to it. He is grateful to UNV for giving him this wonderful opportunity.

Lauren Haugen

Margot

Lauren Haugen is excited to be a part of such a classic 1950's show as "Dial M for Murder" with an incredibly fun and hard-working cast, director and stage manager. The ups and downs of consignment shopping helped immerse her in the character. Lauren has performed in "Brighton Beach Memoir", “Goldfish" and “The Other Place" with UpStage Napa Valley as well as assisting with House Managing. Lauren's most recent performance was in 3 of 10 short plays called "Ladies’ Briefs" with Valley Players. One very near to her heart was her portrayal of Kate Dickens, the former wife of Charles Dickens. Opening day falls on her mother's birthday and she'd like to give a shout out to Mom! She was Lauren's shopping assistant!

Fred Ireland

Max

Fred Ireland is energized in his role as the suitor given that it’s been two years since UNV has done a full production. His acting experience hearkens back to Spring of 2019 when he was in “Sylvia" followed by "The Happy Ones". Just before the pandemic shuttered theaters everywhere, he played in "Time Stands Still".