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“A Party To Murder” Opens at The Little Theatre of Alexandria 10/22 | Fireman Mike | Old Town Post


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“A Party To Murder” opens at The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) this Saturday, October 22, 2016.  The production runs through November 12, 2016.  The 10/22 and 10/30 shows are already sold out. The word around Old Town is that this is a play not to be missed.  The play was written by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes, produced by Alan Wray and Robert Kraus, and directed by Jim Howard.

What is a “A Party to Murder” about?  LTA describes the play as:

A Party to Murder – It’s Halloween and six people have come to play a murder-mystery game hosted by writer Charles Prince at a rustic island cottage in Michigan. This play is a fast-paced farce, so what could go wrong? As the characters embark on a weekend of fun, ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings, and it becomes clear that they are both playing for laughs and their lives. LTA audiences are treated to rising tensions, secret passageways, incriminating letters, unexpected corpses, and a 25-year-old unsolved mystery that will propel the audience to…well, we don’t want to give away the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

Tickets are inexpensive for a play of this caliber.  Prices are either $19 or $22 depending on which show performance you choose. Where to get Tickets? Click on the link to purchase your tickets: LTA Tickets

About The Little Theatre (Information from thelittletheatre.com)

Founded in 1934, The Little Theatre of Alexandria began as a small play-reading group. Full productions ensued, and in 1939 the group bought a rickety former blacksmith’s shop located in Ramsey Alley, between Lee and Fairfax Streets, for rehearsal space and construction of sets and costumes. Since 1934, the theatre has mounted over 300 productions.

Early productions were held upstairs at Gadsby’s Tavern and recreated life in the 18th century, right down to the visit of President and Mrs. Washington journeying from their Mount Vernon home. Over the years, audience members included a veritable “Who’s Who” of Washington. President Harry S. Truman attended on more than one occasion, and notes say that Lynda Bird Johnson even participated as a serving wench! In June 2001, President George W. Bush made LTA his first Washington-area theatrical outing when he came to see his sister-in-law perform in Neil Simon’s Proposals.

During the early 1940s, with war in both Europe and Asia, LTA decided to suspend operations. In a time of war rationing, theater seemed like a luxury that was best set aside until peace returned. In late 1945, the theatre resumed normal operations.

During the 1950s, an empty lot at the corner of Wolfe and St. Asaph Streets became the permanent home of LTA. At first, the City of Alexandria generously agreed to rent the space to LTA for $1 per year. The theatre building was finally completed, and the first production – the comedy Send Me No Flowers – opened on November 18, 1961. A west wing was added five years later to accommodate dressing rooms, a sewing room, a rehearsal hall, and a carpenter shop. A later addition included more shop space and the Council Green Room. In the 1970s, LTA formally purchased the land from the City of Alexandria.

Today, LTA is the oldest award-winning theater in the Washington metro area and one of the few community theaters in the country with its own building and an ambitious seven-show season. Proud of its rich heritage, LTA is excited about its future.

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