EASLEY — Agatha Christie comes to town May 9 with the Easley Foothills Playhouse’s production of The Hollow and murder has never been more fun.
Set in 1950’s England, The Hollow is a mystery wrapped inside the functional dysfunctionality of the Angkatells, a family of means with far too many entanglements on their hands. What was meant to be a simple weekend gathering ends in murder and it seems no one is sure who could possibly not have had a motive.
“A number of people have been invited to The Hollow by Lady Angkatell and her husband Sir Henry,” Director Maurice Reed explained. “When famous actress Veronica Craye shows up Friday night she’s surprised to find her ex-fiancé, John Cristow there and someone, unfortunately, is murdered. It’s up to the audience to figure out who the killer was.”
Though the subject of murder may be a heavy topic, Christie has found a way to lighten the room.
“With Agatha, there’s a lot of cute British humor and play on words which is humorous,” Reed said. “Lady Angkatell, for example, is absentminded and provides a comic presence that keeps everyone on their toes with confusion. The wry British wit keeps coming through and is light and moves fairly quickly.”
The cast, where Reed is concerned, is a little older than what would normally be involved, but it actually serves a better purpose in his opinion.
“The cast is older than most of the characters in the play but it actually helps in this case,” he explained. “Being a little older they understand some of the relationships going on between so many of the characters. Some of the relationships between the characters are complicated.”
Love triangles and jealousy are only part of the story as an unseen estate plays a central role, Ainswick, the inherited home of Lady Angkatell’s younger brother Edward. Often referred to yet never seen, Ainswick is a point of contention or desire depending on the character. The unseen estate is a crutch for Edward and a dream for others.
When asked why he chose The Hollow, Reed’s answer was quite simple.
“I’ve been doing Agatha Christie’s plays for a few years,” he said. “We performed Mousetrap and Witness for the Prosecution and this play had such great characters to wrap your hands around.”
The Hollow has performances scheduled at Easley Foothills Playhouse two consecutive weekends, May 9-11 and May 16-18. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. while Sunday shows will be performed as matinees, beginning at 3 p.m.
Tickets are available at the box office. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and older, $12 for students 13 and older, and $7 for children 12 and under. Fifteen minutes before curtain a $10 rush will be available.
The Easley Foothills Playhouse is located at 201 S. 5th St. in Easley. The number to the box office is 866-967-8167. Tickets can also be ordered online at ShowTix4U.com