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Wimberley Players Present 'It Could Be Any One of Us' at the Greenhouse Theatre in Wimberley, Texas
There is murder coming to the Greenhouse Theatre with Alan Ayckbourn's comedy thriller, It Could Be Any One of Us, which opens November 18, and runs weekends through December 4, 2005. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:30 PM.
Calvin White, Judith Laird, Allan Eastwood, Cynthia Densmore, Rob Sandefur and Melinda Ellisor, seated. (Photo by Jim Gillock)

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, knighted in 1997, is one of Britain's most successful dramatists, and is widely known for the wit and ingenuity with which he portrays the foibles and anxieties of England's suburban middle class and their conflicts with those in social spheres above and below them. The Wimberley Players have had the pleasure of producing several of Ayckbourn's plays including Absurd Person Singular, Relatively Speaking, and last year's holiday hit, Season's Greetings.

It Could Be Any One of Us is, in fact, a murder mystery, but it is not your typical whodunit. It has all the traditional ingredients; a remote English country house occupied by a family of artistic failures haggling over a will on a dark and stormy night. In this master playwright's hands it becomes a spoof on the Agatha Christie genre with numerous surprising twists and turns, and is  "laced with all the wit and sharp humor we have come to expect of an Acykbourn production." (Reviewer's quote)

The Chalke siblings live together rather acrimoniously in the family residence that belongs to Mortimer, the eldest, and heir to the estate. Over the past thirty years Mortimer has composed eight symphonies, three operas, two oratorios, countless concertos for violin, piano, oboe, cello, and bassoon, none of which has ever been performed in a concert hall. Younger brother Brinton is a painter who spends long hours closeted in his studio, but no one has ever seen an example of his work. Sister Jocelyn has labored on her writing through all these years, but remains an unpublished author. She did produce a daughter, Amy, a sullen young woman whose one passion seems to be food.   Norris Honeywell is the fifth member of this unusual household. He is Jocelyn's special friend, and a self-styled private detective who has never solved a crime. A very frightened young woman, Wendy Windwood, joins this group on a stormy night that is made for murder!

Director Albert Rouse, has assembled a talented cast to keep the audience laughing and guessing the identity of the murderer and his/her victim. Rob Sandefur as Mortimer, the frustrated and disillusioned composer, has lengthy credits as actor and director with the Players, and most recently directed this year's highly rated Jake's Women.  Rob serves on the Player's Board of Directors as Theatre Operations Manager. Calvin White of Austin is Brinton whose paintings no one has seen. Calvin just completed a highly successful run in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.  Judith Laird, another Greenhouse veteran, is Jocelyn Polegate who writes books that never get published. Judith starred in this year's productions of Steel Magnolias and The Sloth. She is also serving as producer of this show. Cynthia Densmore is Amy, Jocelyn's rebellious daughter. Cynthia was last seen as Sheila in this spring's production of Jake's Women.  Allan Eastwood, president of the Wimberley Player's Board of Directors, fills the role of the incompetent detective, Norris Honeywell. Allan has many acting credits with the Players, and starred most recently in the 2004 production of Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings. A newcomer to the Greenhouse Theatre is Melinda Ellisor as Wendy Windwood who may or may not be the murder victim?????

Reservations for a delightful evening of sleuthing and laughter can be made at any time, night or day, by calling (512) 847-0575, or you can buy your $13 tickets at the Player's Box Office in the Ozona Motor Bank lobby beginning November 14. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 1-5 PM. A complimentary champagne buffet will follow the opening night performance.

--  Carolyn Hart  --


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