‘Witness for the Prosecution’ comes to TheatreWorks New Milford
English author Agatha Christie’s dramatic murder mystery, “Witness for the Prosecution,” tells the tale of a young man who is arrested for killing a wealthy older woman. But is he the killer?
The answer is revealed — after a multitude of surprising twists and turns — in “Witness for the Prosecution,” onstage at TheatreWorks New Milford, Friday, Sept. 20, through Friday, Oct. 11.
According to a news release, the young man in the story, Leonard Vole, is arrested for the murder of Miss Emily French. “Unaware that he was a married man, Miss French made him her principal heir, casting suspicion on Leonard.”
In a spellbinding courtroom showdown, Vole’s wife, Romaine, agrees to testify. However, it’s not in Leonard’s defense, but as a witness for the prosecution. Why would she do that?
“Witness for the Prosecution” first appeared in 1925 as a magazine story called “Traitor’s Hands.” Christie then adapted her piece into a play, which opened in 1953. A film version came out in 1957. In 2016, Ben Affleck expressed interest in directing a remake, but no word so far.
The New Milford show will be directed by Frank Arcaro, of Roxbury. Senior citizens are invited to a free dress rehearsal on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. that night and seating is first-come, first-served.
TheatreWorks New Milford, 5 Brookside Ave. Friday, Sept, 20-Friday, Oct. 11. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 2 p.m. $25 reserved seating. Students, military and veterans with ID, $20. Thursday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. is TheatreWorks’ Pay-What-You-Want night, with doors opening 7 p.m. and seating first-come, first-served. 860-350-6863