Sensation and intrigue
Stewart Lemoine’s I Heard About Your Murder, is a new comedy that spins deception, betrayal, and suspense right into expected hilarity.
The hijinks begin when urbanites Howard and Dodie Forrester spontaneously decide to visit their idyllic B.C. property located between Golden and Radium Hot Springs. They quickly find themselves hosting a wide array of colourful characters, including friends, family, interlopers and opportunists, each with their own desperate agenda.
Playwright and director Stewart Lemoine, who has been a part of Teatro la Quindicina for over 35 years, tantalizes us with this murder mystery where lies beget lies and secrets beget secrets.
“This is a fun play, with an almost farcical set up in that people arrive at the cabin who don’t expect the other people to be there,” says Lemoine. “I wanted to have a tense situation in a place where people are a little bit cut off. It occurred to me that when you go to the mountains that is when you go ‘Oh, I can’t use my phone anymore.’ It was kind of like ‘Where are the isolated settings of this world now?’”
In I Heard About Your Murder, everyone’s a bit suspicious and no one’s really free of guilt. This includes the cabin-owning couple the Forresters, played by real-life couple Jenny McKillop and Garrett Ross. This will be Ross’ first Teatro appearance.
“This is a perfect Lemoine show,” Ross says. “It is exactly what you would expect of Stewart; his very smart, intelligent writing, so it has been such a great time being able to sink my teeth into Stewart’s work. Howard is great. He is constantly ill-at-ease about everything that is happening, so it is a fun frantic ride.”
McKillop adds, “Stewart is brilliant and definitely has his own take on a murder mystery, so it is fun to be caught in the middle of all of these secrets.”
By throwing together this odd group of people where the lies and secrets are flying at maximum velocity, the audience is left trying to figure out exactly who is on whose side and who is lying to whom.
The Forrester’s volatile quartet of houseguests includes young Teatro stars Kendra Connor, Vincent Forcier and Mathew Hulshof, joined by Patricia Cerra in another dramatic company debut.
Before long, the only sure thing about I Heard About Your Murder is the pervasive threat from the surrounding wildlife.