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The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens

The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens
Date See below
FeaturingSommer Schaap, Director
Location Black Box Theatre - View maps and directions
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr St Paul MN 55112
Instructions for GuestsPark in West Parking Lot
CostAdult $16, Senior Citizen $13, Groups (10+) $13, Student (grades K-12) $10, Bethel CAS student free when ordered online. Not intended for ages 8 and younger.
Ticketing Purchase general admission tickets online at tickets.bethel.edu, or call the Ticket Office at 651.638.6333. Buy Tickets
SponsorsDepartment of Music and Performing Arts

Event Dates

Thursday, April 18, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, 2024
2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2024
7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 2024
2:30 p.m.

Event Description

The Plot, Like Gravy, Thickens by Billy St John—a murder mystery/comedy with audience interaction, great storm effects, spiffy costumes, and lots of other good stuff. Ever want to commit a murder? Walter, the playwright's alter ego in this madcap mystery, demonstrates just how to do someone in—in your imagination, of course!

After introducing the audience to tyrannical millionaire Edward Worthington's relatives, business associates, and household staff—most of whom have reason to wish the man dead—Walter exits, only to reappear in a tuxedo as Worthington. Gathered on a stormy evening at Worthington Manor to celebrate Edward's 50th birthday are his attractive wife, her playboy brother, Edward's befuddled older sister, his ex-wife, and his daughter, a college student. Also present are his shady lawyer and his uptight business manager, with his giddy wife and southern secretary, as well as the butler, the housekeeper, the maid, and the cook. Each has a motive that is barely established when the lights go out! Seconds later, they come back on to reveal the knife for the birthday cake protruding from Edward's back.

In Act II, the police detective (also played by Walter) investigates, eventually allowing the audience to question or accuse suspects before the killer's identity is revealed in a surprising climax.

The run time is over two hours with a 15 minute intermission. Not intended for ages 8 and younger.


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