Possum Point Players will bring the brilliant murder mystery “Laura” to the Possum Hall stage beginning Friday, Jan. 31. The story of “Laura” is best known from the 1944 American film noir version directed by Otto Preminger. It starred Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price and Judith Anderson. The screenplay by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Elizabeth Reinhardt was based on the 1943 novel of the same title by Vera Caspary. Joseph LaShelle won the Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography for this film.
The American Film Institute ranked the film version of “Laura” No. 73 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills, and it was ranked the fourth best film in the mystery genre in AFI's 10 Top 10.
John Marino of Lewes directs the stage version of “Laura” with an ensemble cast, which includes Matt King of Lewes as Mark McPherson, Stephanie Allman of Lewes as Bessie Clary, Danny Keenan of Georgetown as Danny, Jim Killion of Lewes as Waldo Lydecker, Don Megee of Georgetown as Shelby Carpenter, Chris Polo of Dover as Mrs. Dorgan, and Chuck Rafferty of Laurel as Olsen.
Show dates are 7:30 p.m., Fridays, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, and Saturdays, Feb. 1 and 8, and 2 p.m., Sundays, Feb. 2 and 9, at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown. Tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors. Call 302-856-4560 or go to www.possumpointplayers.org.
“Laura” is presented by special arrangement of Dramatists Play Service Inc.