While most mysteries end with an arrest, Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” begins with one.
When Emily French is murdered, the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young man who stands to inherit a fortune from his elderly friend’s death. His salvation appears in the form of Sir Wilfred Robarts, a famed London attorney who believes in his client’s innocence.
But this is a tale from Agatha Christie — and there’s always a twist. Here, that twist comes in the form of an unexpected “Witness for the Prosecution,” PR Manager John Geddie said.
“The real battle is not between the criminal and the investigator, but between one witness and a lawyer. It’s what I find appealing. Yes, it’s about a murder, but it’s really about these two characters trying to get what they want,” Sterling Playmakers director Jen Lofquist said.
The Sterling Playmakers is putting the finishing touches on Christie’s courtroom drama which opens April 21 Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling.
Adapted by Christie from an earlier short story, “Witness for the Prosecution” has been a perennial favorite for mystery fans. It has seen several big screen adaptations, most notably the 1958 classic with Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Power.
Following opening night, showings continue April 22-23 and April 28-30. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday performances with the Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
The April 22 performance will include sign language interpretation by HIS Sign, and there will be a special talk-back session with the cast after the performance on April 23. Tickets are available at the door or online at sterlingplaymakers.com.
Lofquist started reading Christie because her parents took her to library books sales where she was allowed to buy as many books as she wanted. She discovered Christie at those sales, buying up every copy she could find. She looks forward to sharing one of the author’s well crafted and intriguing stories with audiences.
“I was probably the only fourth grader with a backpack full of Agatha Christie novels. Being able to bring one of her stories to life is the chance that my fourth grade self would never let me miss,” Lofquist said.
Founded in 1996, the Sterling Playmakers is a 501(c)(3) serving Loudoun County in partnership with Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Sterling Community Center.