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Our 1993-1994 Season: Mainstage

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Musical Comedy Murders of 1940

Written by John Bishop

The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

An ingenious and wildly comic romp which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher."

Opening Night: Saturday, September 11, 1993 - Closing Night: Saturday, September 25, 1993


Elsa Von GrossenknuetenCarole Caton
Nikki CrandallSue Ehrenberg
Roger HopewellWilliam Jones
Eddie McCuenEvan Kilianski
Majorie BaverstockLucy Matthews
Ken De la MaizeTom Moynahan
Michael KellyPaul Rivellese
Patrick O'ReillyChristopher Russoniello
Bernice RothLaurie Toth
Helsa WenzelRobin Totillo

Production Staff

DirectorAnn Marie Hattersley
ProducerJan Kolb
ChoreographerRobert Trisolini
Stage ManagerMelanie Heit
Assistant Stage ManagerLou Nowikas
Set DesignAnita Burkhart
Set ConstructionMarty Kleindienst
Set Construction-CrewRoger Clark
Ewald Forsbrey
Chick Lauria
Flip Robinson
Don Ryerson
Steve Zevas
Set DecorCeCe Dwyer
Sal Ruggiero
Set Decor-CrewMark Armbruster
John Ehrenberg
Marge Gaffney
Carol Jones
Alice Mahler
Roger Manning
Linda Mathias
Flip Robinson
Nancy Robinson
Emily Russoniello
Kay Vasta
Scenic ArtistEd Nicolazzo
Lighting DesignDave Braneky
Bill Waller
Val Waller
Lighting Board OperationBill Waller
Lighting-CrewGil Collins
Lou Nowikas
Sound DesignJim Totillo
Original MusicNeil Fishman
PropsClaire Siegmund
Props-CrewKaren Lowry
Chuck Siegmund
CostumesCeCe Dwyer
Marge Gaffney
Carol Jones
Costumes-CrewKathy Sommers
Make-Up / HairCarol Jones