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Stratford Actors Star In Westport Production Of Agatha Christie Mystery

Geoffrey Gilbert and Cindy Hartog in the Westport Community Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s "Witness for the Prosecution."
Geoffrey Gilbert and Cindy Hartog in the Westport Community Theatre’s production of Agatha Christie’s "Witness for the Prosecution." Photo Credit: contributed

STRATFORD, Conn. --  Stratford residents Geoffrey Gilbert, Tom Rushen and Dave Rylander are contributing their talents to the Westport Community Theatre's latest production of Agatha Christie’s "Witness for the Prosecution."

The murder mystery, which takes place in London in the 1950s, is a “whodunit” with numerous plot twists and turns. Performances will be from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 11.

Rushen directs the cast of 14 local actors in the psychological thriller, where a brutal murder has taken place in a handsome London townhouse.

This production merges talent and extensive experience from both cast and crew, according to a release from WCT.  Collectively, members of the cast have performed in hundreds of theatrical productions around Fairfield County.

Rushen, a seasoned director ("Sabrina Fair," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Mrs. Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge" at WCT), also produces the East/West Playfest, a collaboration with Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Fine Arts Council.

Producer Rylander, both a WCT board member and technical director, also recently produced "They’re Playing Our Song" with WCT.

Gilbert is part of Rushen’s cast that leads the audience through the unraveling of an intellectually challenging mystery. He has been acting since the age of 15 and has toured professionally with The National Shakespeare Company, most notably playing Hamlet and Malvolio in "Twelfth Night."

The cast also includes Travis Branch, Larry Greeley, Barry Hatrick, Peter Haynes, Briana O’Brien LaMare, Stafford Nibley, John Pyron, David Pirrie, Jeff Pliskin and David Victor.

"Witness for the Prosecution" is produced by arrangement with Samuel French Inc. and has performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and at 2 p.m. Sundays, with a Thursday performance on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25-, 23 for seniors and students, and can be purchased at westportcommunitytheatre.com or by calling 203-226-1983.

The Westport Community Theatre is at Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

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