After many hours of rehearsals, set building, and filming, Maranatha High School’s fall play, Rope, has been released and can be viewed for free on Video On Demand.
Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film of the same name, Rope is a murder mystery that was 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's body 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.
This play explores the question of whether we define right and wrong for ourselves, or whether there are a right and wrong defined by God that applies to everyone.
"Rope" was recorded on the stage of the famous Ambassador Auditorium and is now available for viewing on Vimeo-On-Demand at no charge.