Escape with us! Announcing our 2019/2020 Season
A diabolical psychological thriller. A rollicking detective story. A bone-chilling ghost story. A neo-noir conspiracy drama. A madcap whodunnit. This season will see Vertigo continuing to explore the range of what mystery theatre has to offer. At the same time our 19/20 season highlights how active Vertigo has become in injecting new life and relevance into the genre, with three World Premieres, including two original Vertigo commissions. We will showcase stronger roles for women, more diversity, and contemporary stories, but even while we evolve the mystery theatre genre our primary objective remains the same. We will entertain you.
Craig Hall, Vertigo Theatre Artistic Director
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN
A PLay by Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Two strangers. One conversation. The perfect murder.
September 14 - October 13, 2019
Directed by Anita Rochon Set & Lighting Design by Scott Reid Costume Design by April Viczko Sound Design by Malcolm Dow Stage Management: Sara Turner, Catherine Rouleau and Eszter Gorombey
A fateful encounter takes place between two strangers in the dining carriage of a train. Guy is a successful businessman with a nagging jealousy; Charles is a cold, calculating opportunist with a dark secret. A daring and dangerous plan develops from this casual conversation setting in motion a chain of events that will change the two men’s lives forever. Based on the celebrated novel by Patricia Highsmith made famous by the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, this high-stakes thriller will have you on the edge of your seat.
Denise Clarke, Kevin Corey, Chantelle Han, Nathan Kay, Robert Klein, Stafford Perry and Michael Tan
Sherlock Holmes and The Raven’s Curse
By R. hamilton Wright
The world’s most famous detective returns and this time it’s personal!
November 9 - December 8, 2019
Directed by Jenna Rodgers Set & Lighting Design by Narda McCarroll Costume Design by Leslie Robison-Greene Projection Design by Beth Kates Original Composition & Sound Design by Andrew Blizzard Stage Management: Michael Howard, Claire Bolton, Jenny Yeung
Sherlock Holmes is summoned to his childhood home to investigate the mysterious death of his favorite Uncle, and to uncover the truth about an ancient family curse. Along the way he is reunited with his long-lost cousins; an heiress apparent with a dark secret, and her adopted sister who may just be Sherlock’s intellectual superior. With danger lurking, Holmes and his loyal sidekick Watson must get to the bottom of this mystery before the Raven’s Curse claims another life. A World Premiere from the playwright of SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE AMERICAN PROBLEM.
Katherine Fadum, Rong Fu, Braden Griffiths, Kathryn Kerbes, Curt McKinstry, Kristen Padayas, Garett Ross and Michael Tan
WHispers in the Dark
By ANna Cummer. Based on the novel A Pair of Hands By Arthur Quiller- COuch
Every house has secrets…
January 25- February 23, 2020
Directed by Simon Mallett Set Design by David Fraser Costume Design by Deitra Kalyn Lighting Design by Anton de Groot Sound Design by Peter Moller Stage Management by Patti Neice, Justin Born and Millie Winzinowich
Miss Elizabeth Le Petyt, an aspiring author, ventures to Cornwall to escape her hectic London life. The cottage she chooses has a mysterious past, and seems like the perfect inspiration for her writing. However, misplaced items, inexplicable events and whispers in the dark disrupt her solace, and have her questioning her sanity. Is this her own past coming back to haunt her, or is she getting too close to discovering the cottage’s secrets. WHISPERS IN THE DARK is a haunting tale inspired by Victorian ghost stories.
Heather Pattengale, Graham Percy and Elizabeth Stepkowski-Tarhan
By ellen Close & Braden Griffiths. Co-Produced with Arts Club Theatre Company
A body. A secret code. A conspiracy that will change their lives forever.
March 21 - April 19, 2020
Directed by Craig Hall Assistant Directed by Jessica Anne Nelson Set Design by Narda McCarroll Costume Design by Stephanie Kong Lighting Design by Parjad Sharifi Sound Design by Torquil Campbell Choreography by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Stage Management by Rick Rinder, Catherine Rouleau and Kate Pallesen.
In 1956, a man’s body is discovered on the coast of British Columbia. A secret code is found sewn into his clothing. For decades no investigation has revealed his identity, his killer, their motives or even their methods, and the cipher remains unsolved. Forensic toxicologist Grace Godard thinks her scientific approach is leading her close to an answer, closer than anyone has come before. But when she meets Aqeel, a young man with a personal stake in the mystery, their efforts to crack the case have consequences neither of them could have imagined.
Praneet Akilla, Delia Brett, Ellen Close, Braden Griffiths and Arash Khakpour
Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn. Additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin and Eric Price
Who did it, with what and where? A madcap comedy that will keep you guessing!
May 9 - June 7, 2020
Directed by Mark Bellamy Set Design by Scott Reid Costume Design by Deitra Kalyn Lighting Design by Anton de Groot Sound Design & Original Composition by Andrew Blizzard Stage Management : Ruby Dawn Eustaquio and Carissa Sams.
On a dark and stormy night, six mysterious guests assemble for a very unusual dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Join the iconic oddballs Ms. Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard as they race to find the murderer among them before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, CLUE is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.
Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing (www.broadwaylicensing.com)
Kevin Corey, Tyrell Crews, Katherine Fadum, Natascha Girgis, Elinor Holt, Christopher Hunt, Robert Klein, Jamie Konchak, Alison Lynch and Andrew MacDonald - Smith