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Drama Club to Produce Mystery-Comedy

3/13/2013 —

The Penn State Shenango Drama Club will present the audience-participation, mystery-comedy You Have the Right to Remain Dead at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Written by Pat Cook, this play-within-a- play mystery features an outlandish Southern family in a comic crisis that sets up a murder. But the murder that actually happens isn’t in the script. Who did it is eventually solved with the help of the audience, who is invited to look over the evidence during intermission. You Have the Right to Remain Dead will be produced in the school’s Auditorium, corner of Silver Street and Shenango Avenue in Sharon, PA. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, $5 for children under age 4. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.


The characters are engaging, poking fun at all the stereotypes of family dramas set in the Deep South, at the actors who make up a community theatre company, and at how detectives are portrayed on stage. Just when you think you know who the murderer is, another suspect is implicated, until everybody is under suspicion.


Refreshments at intermission are complimentary, contributing to a dinner-theatre atmosphere. According to Dr. Jeanne Zingale, theatre instructor and advisor to the Drama Club, “We thought about calling this our ‘Just Desserts’ Dinner Theatre production, because there are just desserts, no dinner involved. The ‘just desserts’ concept is part of the fun of the play too, because in a way, the victim gets his ‘just desserts’ for being such an overbearing person.” 


The cast of ten actors is directed by Steven Shook, a Penn State Shenango student.


The play is a benefit fundraiser for AWARE of Mercer County. AWARE is committed to providing education, support and advocacy for all people in Mercer County impacted by domestic, emotional, sexual violence, and elder abuse.

In support of AWARE, the Drama Club will be offering a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle in conjunction with the production.

You Have the Right to Remain Dead is being produced by permission of Dramatic Publishing of Woodstock, Illinois. For more information about the show, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724-983-2836. 



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