Enjoy three shows this month at Summer TheatreFest in Thompson Hall.
Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will
By Del Shores
Directed by Allison Bergman
It is summer of 1986 in Lowake, Texas, and the Turnover family is trying to settle Buford Turnover’s affairs before he kicks the bucket. Buford has misplaced his will, and his four children—spinsterish Sara Lee, estranged preacher’s wife Lurlene, beer-swilling Orville and country singer wannabe Evalita—need to find it. As Buford’s offspring drag out old wrongs, sharp-tongued Mamma Wheelis and Evalita’s hippie boyfriend Harmony try to keep the peace and save the family. Powerful, poignant and hilarious. June 8, 9, 12, 14.
Murder at the Howard Johnson’s
By Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick
Directed by Rachel Klem
Is all fair in love—even murder? Self-absorbed Arlene is married to blundering car salesman Paul, who adores her. Arlene’s lover Mitchell, a dentist who fancies himself an irresistible ladies’ man, joins her to plot the murder of her husband. But wait—a betrayal shifts the alliances and the intended victim. A rambunctious suspense comedy in a Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn, where the target keeps changing and the laughs keep coming. June 6, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16 (2 performances), 19, 22, 23.
By Agatha Christie
Directed by John McIlwee
This little known mystery will surprise and delight Christie fans. Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s most popular detective comes to life in Black Coffee, the only play written by Christie in which he appears. Noted atomic scientist Sir Claud Amory, on the eve of dispatching his formula for a powerful new explosive to the Ministry of Defense, realizes that someone in his family circle has filched the formula from his safe. Sir Claud assembles the suspects in hopes of extracting the truth and Poirot and Captain Hastings arrive at the height of this experiment. Many wonderful twists and turns in true Christie tradition. June 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 (2 performances), 30.
Showtimes and Tickets
Show time is 7:30 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m.
For tickets and information, call 515-1100 or visit Ticket Central online.
Season Tickets (limited availability) $39, pick two $28.
Individual tickets: adults $16, seniors/students $14, NC State students $5.