Dial M for Murder brings thrills to ACT stage


News release from Abilene Community Theatre:


Abilene Community Theatre is proud to present DIAL “M” FOR MURDER, written by Frederick Knott and directed by Mike Stephens. Performances will be August 31st thru September 9th on ACT’s Main Stage.

In DIAL “M”, Tony Wendice married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder and blackmails a scoundrel into strangling her. Unfortunately, themurderer is murdered and the victim survives. But Tony uses this twist to frame Margot, who is then convicted for the murder of the man who tried to murder her. Will the truth be discovered before she is executed?

Frederick Knott originally wrote DIAL “M” FOR MURDER originally as a BBC television production. Knott adapted it for stage, where it premiered in London in 1952, moving to New York later that year. Knott then went on to write the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film version.

DIAL “M” is directed by ACT Board Member Mike Stephens, who is assisted by Jedidiah Martin and Tyler Sparks. Tennis pro Tony Wendice & his wife Margot are played by Aaron Schutter and Cecilia Goad, while MattMalsanka plays American crime TV story writer Max Halliday, Adam Singleton plays Detective Hubbard, and assistant director Jedidiah Martin plays Capt. Lesgate. The Cast is rounded out by Rob Davidson, Gloria Ramirez, Tyler Sparks, Hannah Whittington, and Mikayla Whittington.

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER will be performed at Abilene Community Theatre, 809 Barrow Street, on August 31st, September 1st, 7th, & 8th at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinee performances on September 2nd and 9th at 2pm.DIAL “M” FOR MURDER is being produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $13 for seniors, active military, and students. Tickets will go on sale for current season ticket holders on Monday, August 20th, and to the general public on Monday, August 27th. Tickets may be reserved online at http://www.abilenecommunitytheatre.org/actabilene-tickets/, or by calling the Box Office at 325-673-6271.

For more information about this production, to request posters or graphics, and to arrange interviews or appearances, please contact Mike Stephens, ACT Media Contact at getintheactproduction@gmail.com or at 325-513-2706.

Abilene Community Theatre is a 100% volunteer-driven, non-profit theater (501c3) established to share and promote theatre arts in Abilene and the Big Country. Involvement in Abilene Community Theatre has been spearheaded by those who feel strongly about creating a space to develop art in the community. ACT was formed in 1954, and the 2018-19 Season is our 64th year of operation. Abilene Community Theatre is located at 809 Barrow, Abilene, Texas 79605.

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