Bennington Community Theatre
February 21, 7:30pm
February 22, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
February 23, 2:00pm
Bennington Community Theatre Presents
You Have the Right to Remain Dead
by Pat Cook
Bennington Community Theater as part of the Year of Mystery presents “You Have the Right to Remain Dead” a rollicking whodunnit by Pat Cook. You’ve just settled down in a theatre to solve an audience-participation murder mystery. The narrator comes out and gives you a few “ins and outs” on what to look for in the play. The show starts and you meet Fat Daddy, a rich but vindictive southern gentleman with an equally conniving and scheming family. So you know who’s going to die, right? But who will the murderer be? Will it be Sweet Mama, Daddy’s pandering wife; Hyacinth, the daughter who’s always cleaning the family firearms; Earl the worm, or his overly amorous wife, Savannah; or Clete, the sullen handyman who, for some reason, is in the will? Then Fat Daddy is discovered, dead as a hammer. Except the corpse isn’t Daddy’s—it’s the narrator’s! The director comes on stage and the police arrive. Now you have to figure out which of the actors murdered the narrator. And not only are you questioning the cast, but they are questioning you! Yes, you are a suspect as well! This frantic mystery-comedy will have audiences guessing until the last clue is dropped and the last ham overacts.
Bennington Community Theater
Bennington Community Theater intends to offer quality community theater that will be separate from the professional theater offered by Oldcastle Theatre but — as part of Oldcastle’s transition in to a year around performing arts center — will be under the direction and control of the same board of directors.
While Oldcastle Theatre has been staging professional theater here since 1972, there also have been various community theater groups in Bennington over the years, dating back to the 19th century when amateur performances were staged at The Bennington Opera House along with traveling minstrel shows and professional touring companies performing “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and even an occasional opera. The most recent version of community theater here was created several years ago by Robert Ebert, who will continue to be involved with the project as it moves under Oldcastle’s expanding performing arts center umbrella.