The 7:30 PM reading will boast the talents of Lynne Wintersteller, Ann L. Nathan, Paul Schoeffler, Warren Kelley, Dale Radunz, Maria Couch and Matt Scott. Robert Johansen will direct the evening with musical direction by James McQuillen. Jess Speaker is the stage manager.
Whodunit features book, music and lyrics by Ed Dixon and is based on Mary Roberts Rinehart's 1908 short story "The Circular Staircase," which was also the basis for the Broadway play The Bat.
Whodunit, according to creator Dixon, "takes place in 1931 in beautiful (if somewhat spooky) sunnyside cottage in Brookdale, Connecticut. Carrie Innes, a wealthy spinster and fancier of detective stories, has taken the house for the summer with her surly maid, Liddy. They are soon joined by Carrie's niece, Sally who surprises everyone by bringing along a boyfriend. Things go quickly awry when the resident butler, Thomas, informs the new residents that there have been 'strange things going on' of late. And before you can say whodunit, there's a dead body in the middle of the living room. Then another. And before the terrified inhabitants can flee, they are trapped by a terrible storm. At one time or another absolutely every member of the cast seems to be the guilty party."
The musical was commissioned by Miracleor2 Productions, which is headed by Jim Hindman and Ray Roderick.
York Theatre Company productions play The Theatre at Saint Peter's, which is located in Manhattan on 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue. Admission to the reading is free, but reservations are required by e-mailing Jeff Landsman at Jlandsman@yorktheatre.org or by calling (212) 935-5824, ext. 24. For more information visit www.yorktheatre.org.