Available to view online November 25, 2020
Virtual theater. Who could have imagined that? When we entered quarantine back in March, we did so with the glimmer of hope that we would be back “soon,” that “it wasn’t going to be forever”, and “maybe we can use this time to be more creative.” Well, that last part definitely came true. When we held auditions for our fall play, Rope, back in late August, we had only been in school for about a week. Students were figuring out their schedules, meeting their teachers, and for some, experiencing high school for the very first time. Needless to say, preparing for auditions for a virtual murder mystery play was not exactly high on their priority lists. But, the show must go on! We assembled an impressive cast who were up for the challenge of spending their fall semester in Zoom rehearsals for this classic murder mystery.
For those unfamiliar with Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film of the same name, Rope is a murder mystery written by Patrick Hamilton in 1929. Set in London, the story begins with two Oxford Undergraduates strangling their fellow classmate, Ronald Kentley, to death with (you guessed it) a piece of rope. Brandon and Granillo believe they have just committed “the perfect crime” and to enhance the macabre nature of the evening, invite a number of friends and colleagues over for a dinner party serving the food over the very chest where Mr. Kentley resides. A thrilling game of cat and mouse begins when one of their guests, the esteemed poet Ruth Cadell, arrives and uses good old fashioned detective work to sniff out the culprits. You’re invited to the perfect crime. We’re expecting you.
Rope will be recorded on the Ambassador stage and be available for viewing on Vimeo-On-Demand on November 23rd. You can enjoy this delicious murder mystery as your main course this Thanksgiving!