Park University Presents “The Art of Murder” Theatre Production

Friday, October 11, 2013


Oct. 11, 2013 — The Park University theatre production of Joe DiPietro’s “Art of Murder” will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3, in the McCoy Meetin' House on the University’s Parkville Campus. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. for all dates except Nov. 3, which begins at 2 p.m.

The play, which won the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play, is set in a rural countryside in Connecticut, focusing on “Jack Brooks,” an accomplished and eccentric painter, who plots the murder of his flamboyant art dealer with help from his wife. This comedy-drama entails hints of satire about the world of art and its marketing ploys. Are artists great on their own merit, or are they created by art dealers and critics? The twists and turns in the plot may answer this question by the end of the performance.

“We’ve had fun figuring out fight scenes, screams, an Irish accent, and offstage voices and gunshots,” said Andrea Southard, Ph.D., instructor and program coordinator of theatre at Park. “The production has presented several unusual challenges, but the actors and crew are more than willing to adapt.”

The principle cast includes:
          •  Marcelo Henriques, “Vincent,” 2009 Park Bachelor of Arts in marketing graduate and current senior chemistry major from Kansas City, Mo. (originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador)
          •  Courtney Manning, “Kate,” senior business administration/marketing major from Parkville, Mo. (attended Accelerated Schools of Overland Park [Kan.])
          •  Brandis Outlaw, “Annie,” junior communication arts/public relations major from Kansas City, Mo. (attended Winnetonka High School)
          •  Matt Shaw, “Jack Brooks,” junior English writing major from Liberty, Mo. (attended Liberty High School)

Admission to the production is $10 for the general public, $8 for senior citizens (age 60 and older) and Park faculty/staff; and $5 for non-Park students and children younger than 13. Park University students are admitted free with their Park ID. Tickets can be reserved by calling (816) 584-6450 or purchased at the box office beginning one hour before performance time.


Please note: Alumni Hall (David Theater) has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.