Murder on Reserve ~ Press Release

Metro Theatre is excited to debut the Vancouver Premiere of MURDER ON RESERVE –  a comedy mystery written by Thomas Hischak and directed by Don Briard on our stage January 19 – February 9.

Things are a little too quiet, even for the Reference Section of the public library.  Crotchety old Faulkner Seaton has been strangled while the dusty old library was open. Most puzzling of all is the fact that nobody in the place saw or heard a thing.

The big city cops are called in. Their investigations reveal a motley crew of oddball suspects, a very limited set of motives and little evidence.   The characters are familiar —no mobsters or spies; no famous sleuth; no tycoons or famous authors—just people you might know. Seaton, had terrorized generations of  young people, and was thoroughly disliked by everyone—but why was he killed in such a public place?  What motive could possibly justify such a risk?  And why didn’t the town have anywhere to get a decent cup of coffee?

Director Don Briard comments “The core of Murder on Reserve it is about the characters and their evolution from ordinary to vivid, believable and interesting suspects. It develops as the cops set a trap to catch the murderer that results in a thrilling and revealing conclusion.”

Tickets are $25 Adult or $22 Senior/Student with a special 2 for $37 every Thursday.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or purchased on line TICKETS

 

The Murder on Reserve CastCAST

Character………………….Performer

Wiley Myers…………………….John Destry

Kelly Perkins…………………….Syrah Khan

Fern Mansfield…………………….Maria Baker

Judith Karr…………………….Joan Koebel

Ethan Binnie…………………….Don Briard

Inspector Trigg…………………….Bill McNaughton

Lt. Elizabeth Roberts…………………….Kathleen Driscoll

Roy Templeton…………………….Richard Guenther

Mrs. Chesley…………………….Helen Volkow

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director…………………….Don Briard

Production Manager…………………….Joan Koebel

Stage Manager…………………….Chrysta Webster

Asst Stg Mgr…………………….Heather Wester

Set Designer…………………….Don Briard

Lighting Designer…………………….Jamie Horsley

Sound Designer…………………….Don Briard

Properties…………………….Chrysta Webster

Board Operator…………………….Leslie Thompson

Technical Director…………………….Jamie Horsley

General Manager…………………….Les Erskine

Photography……………………. Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Head Carpenter…………………….Robin Richardson

Scenic Painting…………………….Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Set Decoration…………………….Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Graphic Design…………………….Barbara LaBounta

Wardrobe Manager…………………….Sean Ullmann

Metro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 56th continuous season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. MURDER ON RESERVE is our 514th show.

Old library with sign out card

Director’s Talk

Join Director Don Briard and the cast of Murder on Reserve immediately following the show on Friday, January 25, 2019 for an informal chat about

The three types of mystery:

  1. the who-dun-it,
  2. the police procedural
  3. and the thriller.

Which one is Murder on Reserve and what are the elements that make it work.

After which, Don  will open the session up for questions from the audience.

There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage.  The session will last approximately 20 minutes.

Fast Facts:

MURDER ON RESERVE

Vancouver Premiere

SHOW TIMES:

Performances are Thursday to Saturday at 8:00 pm, with Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm.

 

SHOW RUN:

January 19 to February 9,2019

Thursday through Saturday nights

with Matinees on January 27  & February 3.

The Director’s Talk is Friday, January 25

The Preview is on Friday, January 18 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

LOCATION:

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Lang Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

TICKET PRICING:

Tickets are $25 for adults or $22 for seniors and students, with a special every Thursday 2 for $37. Preview performance $15.

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

Wed – Sat 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm & 1 Hour before each show.
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191

LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

Show Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Show Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARKING:

There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro.

BUS ROUTES:

We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

CONTACT:

Metro for more information, publicity photos, arrangements for interview

Murder On Reserve

The Story

The death of Falkner Seaton in the reference section of the Sanford Public Library is the most exciting thing to happen there “since they put in carpeting two years ago”.

The death of the irascible Seaton is clearly mourned by no one in the small town. Inspector Trigg and Lieutenant Roberts, from St. Louis, brought in to handle the investigation, are faced with the problem of untangling the events and personalities.  Seaton, a retired teacher who had terrorized generations of Sanford’s young people, was thoroughly disliked by everyone—but why was he killed in such a public place?  What motive could possibly justify such a risk?  And where could  Inspector Trigg get a decent cup of coffee?

Interview after interview reveals a picture of life and relationships in the small town.  Ethan Binnie, the martinet who has run the library for over twenty years warred with Seaton over his violation of the rules, but would Binnie kill to enforce them?  Judith Carr, Binnie’s assistant, would clearly do anything to make life smoother for a man whom she has silently adored for so long, but would she go that far?  Mrs. Chesley, Sanford’s resident gossip is happy to tell all she knows or suspects, including hints about Fern Mansfield’s family.  Wiley Meyers, the town character and sometime drunk, appears good natured, but is there more to him than dreams of travel to exotic  locals?  Roy Templeton, the town’s real estate developer is characterized as a “smiling piranha”, but is his urging of Trigg not to upset the town based on more than sensitivity? Personalities become clear, but hard evidence and motive remain elusive.

Inspector Trigg is forced to come up with a desperate plan to smoke out the killer, but will it work, or will he and Roberts be condemned to stay in Sanford drinking bad coffee?