Feb. 10, 2004 Epiphany Theater Company's latest performance, "Knock 'Em Dead," is a surprising whodunit that lets the audience decide who the murderer will be.
Since Epiphany Theater doesn't have a permanent home, the company will hold performances at various restaurants around St. John. Upcoming performances in March are scheduled at the Fish Trap Restaurant, Paradiso, Sputnik 2, and the Inn at Tamarind Court. (See article's end for specific dates.)
All performances start at 8 p.m., but playgoers are invited to arrive as early as 6:30 to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks from the cash bar.
Tickets run $25. They're available at Connections in Cruz Bay and Connections East in Coral Bay.
The play takes place in a seedy nightclub. The characters are people who are trying out for a talent show where the prize is $1,000.
In an unusual twist, the audience gets to vote on who the villain will be at show's end.
"That person gets up and talks about why he did it," said Carole DeSenne, who plays a foul-mouthed standup comedian.
Other cast members include Michael Beason, who plays a ventriloquist with moving lips; Jeannine Dirigo, who plays a baton-twirling bimbo; and Paul E. Devine, the owner of a lip-syncing dog. Additionally, Jessie A. Cawley plays a German singer with a questionable accent, James Julien plays a hypnotist with a questionable past, and Tim Jackson has the role of the nightclub master of ceremonies.
Lisa Duncan is the play's director.
A different person plays the victim each night. DeSenne said that person will be someone the community wouldn't mind discovering with a knife in his back.
The victim, whose character is Vinnie the night club owner, may also be affiliated with the restaurant where the performance is held.
Specific dates are: March 8 and 15 at the Fish Trap Restaurant; March 10 and 17 at Paradiso; March 18 at Sputnik 2; and March 13 and 20 at the Inn at Tamarind Court.
For more information, call DeSenne at 643-4838.
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