Strictly Murder

This crackerjack murder mystery hails from the prolific English playwright/screenwriter/producer Brian Clemens. “Strictly Murder” is set in 1939 in Provence, France, where an English couple, Peter and Suzy, are living in idyllic isolation, far from the rumblings of the coming war. Their peace is shattered when Suzy discovers she’s been betrayed: Peter is not the man he claims to be, and in fact may be a ruthless killer on the run. When a Scotland Yard detective arrives, events become even more complicated and frightening in this dark and disturbing roller coaster of bluff … and double bluff.

GENERAL INFO

by Brian Clemens

Director – Mary Powers

March 7 – 24, 2024

ADULTS – $36
SENIORS (65+, exc. Saturday evenings) – $31
STUDENTS (25 and under) – $20
VETERANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS – $26 (exc. Saturday evenings) Please call the theater at 631-653-8955 to receive the discount code if you think you qualify.


Attending a Thursday, Friday or Saturday performance?
Bring your ticket confirmation to enjoy a prix fixe $30 dinner (starter and entrée) before the show at JOE’S AMERICAN GRILL: 240 Montauk Hwy, Westhampton Beach. Choose one appetizer (soup or salad) and one entrée (Chicken Pot Pie, Chopped Steak or Broiled Salmon Filet). Note: Dessert and beverages not included; tax and gratuity additional.

Valid only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays prior to your scheduled HTC performance except Saturday, March 9. No reservations required; must arrive by 5:30 on Thursday and Friday and 6:00 on Saturday..

GROUP DISCOUNTS

GROUPS OF 10+ – $30/ticket Enter the code GROUP10 when purchasing tickets. (All tickets must be purchased at the same time)
GROUPS OF 20+ – $28/ticket Enter the code GROUP20 when purchasing tickets. (all tickets must be purchased at the same time)


Dates and Times

Thur. March 7 – 7:00
Fri. March 8 – 7:00
Sat. March 9 – 8:00
Sun. March 10 – 2:30

Thur. Mar 14 – 7:00
Fri. March 15 – 7:00 – Talkback with the cast after the performance
Sat. March 16 – 8:00
Sun. March 17 – 2:30

Thur. March 21 – 7:00
Fri. March 22 – 7:00 – Talkback with the cast after the performance
Sat. March 23 – 2:30 & 8:00
Sun. March 24 – 2:30




WHO'S WHO
MATTHEW CONLON (Ross) acted at HTC twice last year, playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play and John D’Agata in The Lifespan of a Fact. He also appeared in The Crucible at Bay Street Theater last November. In 2019 he starred in three HTC productions: as Sherlock in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Victor in Private Lives, and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, the company’s first musical. This is his 17th HTC production. NYC: HB Playwrights: The Game of Love and Death (w/ Herbert Berghof); Freud’s Last Session (w/ Fritz Weaver); Sonnet Rep: The Tempest; EST: The Traveling Lady (Drama Desk nomination – Best Play); LaMama: A Human Equation. REGIONAL: Patchogue: The Diary of Anne Frank; Penobscot: To Kill a Mockingbird; Bay Street: Men’s Lives; Cleveland PlayHouse: The Importance of Being Earnest; O’Neill: Fuddy Meers; StageWest: Suddenly Last Summer (w/ Kim Hunter); Mendelssohn: Oedipus Rex. Film: The Redeemer; Fire Island; Sweet Lorraine. TV: Distemper; Law & Order(s); One Life to Live. Upcoming: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at HTC in late May/June, and As You Like It at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island in late July.

SCOTT HOFER (Josef) is thrilled to be back at HTC with Mary and this wonderful cast and crew. He last appeared as the donut-loving Norman in HTC’s 2018 production of The Boys Next Door. Previously he appeared at the John Drew in Run For Your Wife, Lend Me a Tenor, Barrymore and Greater Tuna, and was director for Lips Together, Teeth Apart. As an actor he has appeared in A Christmas Carol, Our Town, I Hate Hamlet, Death of a Salesman, Lombardi, Hairspray, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Beauty & the Beast, Sideman, True West, Art, The Lisbon Traviata, Fully Committed, Torch Song Trilogy, Gemini, Cuckoo’s Nest, Social Security, Other People’s Money, The Foreigner, Flora the Red Menace, Fiddler on The Roof, Fools, Forum, The Rink, Greetings, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-abridged. As a director: Breaking Legs, Torch Song, Sly Fox, Ruthless, Psycho Beach Party, Steel Magnolias, Red Scare on Sunset, The Lady in Question, Last Night at Ballyhoo, and The Dixie Swim Club. He appears as Sam in the movie Night for Day. He also appears in The Night Never Sleeps starring Eric Roberts, Armand Assante and Robert Clohessy, and in The Nomad. Next up he’ll play Max in The Producers at Theatre Three in May/June, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Vanderbilt Museum in July.

CATHERINE MALONEY (Miriam Miller) is very happy to be performing once again on HTC’s stage. Most recently she portrayed Emma in 2022’s Over the River and Through the Woods, and played several roles in 2023’s A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play. Previous HTC credits: Kate in Sylvia, Maria in A Comedy of Tenors, Mrs. Fremus/Mrs. Warren/Clara in The Boys Next Door, Gert in Lost in Yonkers, Betty Chumley in Harvey, and Emilie Ducatel in My Three Angels. Other favorite theatrical credits: Big Momma in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Rosemary Muldoon in Outside Mullingar, Becky in Becky’s New Car, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, Masha in Three Sisters, Kate Keller in All My Sons, Melissa in Love Letters, Mildred Murphy/Katie in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Musical Play, Bertha in Boeing Boeing, Veronica in God of Carnage, diverse roles in Love, Loss and What I Wore, and Kathleen in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Catherine would like to thank her director Mary for this opportunity, as well as her wonderful cast mates and HTC’s always-supportive audiences! Much love to her friends, family and JP.

DAYNE RASMUSSEN (Peter Meredith) is delighted to return to the stage with the company of Strictly Murder. Dayne has appeared across Long Island in theatre and film productions, including Cyrano de Bergerac (Christian De Neuvillette), which was performed at Suffolk County Community College and at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium; Romeo and Juliet (Romeo) at the Long Island Shakespeare Festival; Twelve Angry Men (Juror 7), Royal Productions, Ltd.; Journey (Jesus) at Creative Ministries; and the eponymous role of Dracula at the Patchogue Center for the Performing Arts. Dayne has studied with Ron Peretti at the Barrow Group, and with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. This is Dayne’s first production with the Hampton Theatre Company. He is grateful for his wonderfully talented director, castmates and crew, and for the constant love and support of his family and friends. Dayne not only dedicates this performance to his loving
Momma, but to all those who still fight to pursue their dreams. Keep going!

ASHLEY UNDERWOOD (Suzy Hinchcliffe) is excited to be playing the role of Suzy and to be joining her first production at Hampton Theatre Company. Her favorite roles have included Portia in Julius Caesar, Rosalind in As You Like It, and Mrs. Elton in Emma. A native of Utah, she received her BFA from Utah State University before moving to New York to receive her MFA from The New School. Ashley would like to thank her husband Jon for his support and enthusiasm as she returns to theater.

MARY POWERS (Director) has worked extensively as a director and as a producer for 30 years. Some favorite productions include Vincent, Steel Magnolias, Respect, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Lost in Yonkers, I Am My Own Wife, Greater Tuna, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Lend Me a Tenor, Run For Your Wife, Barrymore, I Hate Hamlet, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, Beehive and Hamlet. Locally she has directed at Theatre Three, Patchogue Theatre and Guild Hall. She worked as assistant director for Bay Street Theatre’s Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, and as assistant director for Julie Andrews on The Boyfriend. She is involved with Arts in Education projects, having worked with local high schools, Guild Hall, the Children’s Museum of the East End, and Bay Street Theater’s Young Playwrights. After a 34-year hiatus, she is happy to rejoin old friends at HTC, where she once served as a board member and met her husband.

BRIAN CLEMENS (Playwright) was a prolific English writer and producer whose career in television, film and the theater spanned six decades. Perhaps best-known for his creative contributions to the long-running British TV series The Avengers (and for casting Diana Rigg in the show), Clemens enjoyed international success with TV series like Remington Steele, Diagnosis: Murder and Highlander: The Series. Among the many films he contributed to as a writer and/or producer are See No Evil, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The Watcher in the Woods and Highlander 2: The Quickening; notable theater productions include Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, All About Murder, Inside Job and Murder Hunt. Clemens counted Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) among his ancestors, naming one of his sons Samuel in honor of the legendary writer.

LAURIE ATLAS (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Last year she acted onstage at HTC as Emily Penrose in The Life-span of a Fact, and before that she played Abby Binder in 2022’s Ripcord. She holds a BA in Theatre and has been a member of SAG-AFTRA for over 40 years. She has worked in radio, film, as a voiceover artist, plus onstage and behind the scenes in broadcasting and theatre. She would like to express her thanks and gratitude to the entire Hampton Theatre Company family, alongside whom she is so proud to work. Congratulations to Mary and her talented cast and crew on a wonderful production. Love always to her husband Fred, daughter Jamie, and her family and friends for their unwavering support.

NICHOLAS AULETTI (Rehearsal Stage Manager/Lighting/Sound) is an actor, director, playwright, and stage manager from East Quogue, NY, who graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Lycoming College. Corchaug Repertory Theatre recently premiered his play Over and Under the Wings of Vultures in their One-Act Festival Series. Nick was last seen in Northeast Stage’s Macbeth as Macduff. He is ecstatic to be a part of his first Hampton Theatre Company production! Nick is grateful for the friendly cast and crew guiding him throughout this process. He would also like to thank his friends, family, and Esme for all their support.

MEG SEXTON (Sound Design) is thrilled to be working on her eighth production with Hampton Theatre Company. Other productions with this company include Native Gardens, Ripcord, A Doll’s House Part 2, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Portuguese Kid, and Rose and Walsh. Meg has previously worked as the Education Manager at Bay Street Theater as well as the Grants Manager & Marketing Coordinator at Patchogue Theatre. Currently, she is the Director of Marketing at The Suffolk.

TERESA LEBRUN (Costume Designer) is the resident costumer for HTC. She began helping with costumes in 1986 and has designed the costumes for the company’s productions since 2005. Teresa has also costumed for Westhampton Beach High School. Much love to her sons, Josh and Noah, family and great friends.

JULIA MORGAN ABRAMS (House Manager). After retiring from the legal department of Bristol Myers Squibb, Julia began a second career as a volunteer, initially for Literacy Suffolk, HTC, the Southampton Animal Shelter and Early Girl Farm, where she wrote grants and worked in fundraising. She continues to write grants and help with marketing for several local nonprofits. Julia would like to thank all of her dedicated House Assistants for their continued support.
PRODUCTION STAFF
Director – MARY POWERS

Producers – ANDREW BOTSFORD, ROGER MOLEY

Set Design – MEG SEXTON

Lighting Design – SEBASTIAN PACZYNSKI

Costume Design – TERESA LEBRUN

Rehearsal Stage Manager – NICHOLAS AULETTI

Production Stage Manager – LAURIE ATLAS

Tech Director – RICKY BOTTENUS

Sound Design – MEG SEXTON

Lighting/Tech – NICHOLAS AULETTI

Box Office – CAT BRACKSMAYER, DEBORA JACQUES

Production Graphics – JOE PALLISTER (DESIGNINGJOE)

House Manager – JULIA MORGAN ABRAMS

DIRECTIONS
FROM SUNRISE HIGHWAY (ROUTE-27):
Sunrise Highway (Route 27) to exit 64S (Rte. 104 to Quogue). Rte. 104 South (approx. 3 miles) to Montauk Highway (Rte. 80). Right onto Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford (1 mile). Left onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right). FROM MONTAUK HIGHWAY (ROUTE-80):
Montauk Highway to light at Otis Ford in Quogue. South onto Jessup Avenue. 1/2 mile to theater (on right).
PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY
PARKING: There is limited street parking around the theater as well as a parking lot that can be entered just north of the Quogue Community Hall. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: A handicapped accessible entrance is located on the right (north) side of the building. Please use the driveway on the north side of the theater and ring the bell marked HTC Handicapped at the ramp entrance to the building and a volunteer will assist you; or have a member of your party notify us on arrival at the box office if you’d like to use this entrance. If a member of your party requires a wheelchair in the theater, please reserve one seat at the end of a row. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: The theater does not have assisted listening devices at this time.

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