From left (top): John Gossling, Nick Bruess, Nathan Herold, Carrie Rassman, Claire Achen and April Stammeyer. On the couch: Emily Dietzenbach, Isaiah Drilling, Nicole Schmitt, Sarah Busta and Kacy Ourada. (Submitted photo)
Turkey Valley's drama department is opening this production season with "Done to Death" by Fred Carmichael.
This hilarious show follows once-famous mystery writers and involves the audience as they apply their individual methods to solving various murders. Five writers cover the full span of the literary mystery world: Jessica and Whitney Olive (played by Claire Achen and Isaiah Drilling), a sophisticated, middle-aged yuppie couple who write charming "pleasant murders"; (the two and their stories are a parody of Nick and Nora from "The Thin Man"); Mildred Z. Maxwell (Emily Dieztenbach), a friendly older woman who specializes in tough, detailed murder mysteries, a parody of Agatha Christie and Miss Marple; Bernadette Benedict (Kacy Ourda), the youngest of the authors, who writes "modern" high-tech spy mysteries akin to James Bond (in contrast, she is mild-mannered and shy); the oldest of the authors, Rodney Duckton (John Gossling), who is very energetic and enthusiastic, initially wrote old silent horror movies before moving on to hard-hitting detective novels similar to "The Maltese Falcon."
Ingeniously packed into this show is a parody of every mystery plot, hero, and villain created in the past 50 years.
Production runs Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. General admission is $5.