The production, part of the company's "Living Black & White" series, features playwright Kleinmann as Harry Hunsacker as well as Susan Mansur (Broadway's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Damn Yankees, White Christmas), Ben Bryant, Chad Cline, Christopher Curtis, Gordon Fox, Charissa Lee, Leslie Patrick, Bailey Lawrence, Greg Phillips, Ben Schroth and Simone Gundy.
The Frequency of Death!, according to press notes, "takes place in the studios of radio station WKIL during a live broadcast of 'The Mystery Challenge,' [and] is an affectionate parody of detective films of the 1930s and 40s, performed entirely and uniquely in black and white, including set, lights, costumes and make-up."
In a statement director Bartley said, “It’s thrilling to have the opportunity to direct a new play in the city where I first worked in theatre before moving to New York twenty-five years ago. The experience of working on The Frequency of Death is so extraordinary. You’ll have to see it to believe it. It literally feels like you’re watching an old black and white murder mystery on Turner Classics, but it’s live theatre!”
Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 PM.
Following the run at the Eisemann Center, The Frequency of Death! will transfer to the new MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville, TX, for a limited one-week engagement, Jan. 26-29, 2012. Tickets range from $20 to $35.
Tickets for The Frequency of Death! at The Eisemann Center are available through (972) 744-4650 or www.eisemanncenter.com. Tickets for The Frequency of Death! at the MCL Grand Theater are available at (214) 880-0202, www.attpac.org or at the Winspear Box Office, 2403 Flora Street in Lewisville, TX.