Comedic Murder Mystery Opens at Mary T. Christian Auditorium September 12

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Mary T. Christian Auditorium will be the site of a hilarious play called “Drop Dead” beginning Friday Sept. 12 with an 8 p.m. performance. Brought to audiences by Iron Street Productions, the play is scheduled to run through Sept. 21 with performances starting at 3 p.m. on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21.  Other performances begin at 8 p.m.

This uproariously funny play tells the tale of a cast of has-been actors that are trying to revive their careers in a production called “Drop Dead!” a potboiler murder mystery directed by “Wonder Child of the Broadway Stage” Victor Le Pewe (a psychotic eye twitching megalomaniac). The group’s dress rehearsal kicks off a chain of events that are sure to keep audiences entertained — the set falls, props break, and the producer and an actor are murdered. During the opening night performance, the murders continue and as things progress the remaining thespians must save the show, their careers, solve the mystery and stay alive for curtain calls!

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Virginia Premiere Theatre Announces Fall and Winter Production for 2007 at TNCC

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Virginia Premiere Theatre (VPT), the professional company in residence at The Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg and at the Dr. Mary T. Christian auditorium on the campus of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, announces its upcoming season for the fall and winter of 2007.

In September, VPT will mount The K of D by Laura Schellhardt. The K of D is a supernatural thriller that tells the story of skinny Charlotte McGraw, a twelve year old girl from a small town in Ohio, whose twin, Jamie, was killed in an auto accident. With Jamie’s dying breath Charlotte inherits the Kiss of Death and exacts her revenge. The K of D was originally created at ACT Theatre, Seattle, WA. Subsequent development of The K of D was supported by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during a residency at the National Playwrights Conference of 2006 and at the Kennedy Center. The K of D comes to Virginia Premiere Theatre for its first fully-staged production prior to its Washington DC premiere at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (winner of 16 Helen Hayes Awards). Mary Wadkins plays 17 characters from the ages of 12-70 in an evening of chilling, theatrical wizardry. Rebecca Taylor directs.

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