Tickets on sale NOW! Murder Takes the Stage – Opening this Friday, April 27!

WHERE : St. James Episcopal Church, 13010 8th St., Bowie MD  20720
WHEN :  Fridays and Saturdays 4/27, 4/28, 5/5, 5/6, 5/11, 5/12 at 8 pm, Sundays 4/29. 5/6 at 3 pm

To reserve tickets for the show, please call 301/922.1865 or send email to tickets at and we will add you to our list.

Tickets are $15, $12 for Seniors/Students, and $10 each for group orders of 10 or more. Cash or check accepted. We are unable to accept credit cards at this time!

For more information on the show, please visit our web site:

ALSO: Looking for individual(s) to assist with usher/box office. If you are interested in helping out, please send email to info at and we’ll work out the schedule!


Four roles still open! Additional auditions TUESDAY!


I’d appreciate it if you’d post this info where it seems appropriate, ASAP!!!

Additional auditions to be held tomorrow (Tuesday, January 30) from 7-9pm at the Director’s home. To arrange an audition and for directions, please contact us ASAP at 301-262-5201 (after 9am) or send email to prof20336 at yahoo com. This is a non-paid community theatre production.

Four roles still open (see synopsis/characters below). All ethnicities welcome. Auditions will consist of cold readings. Performance dates are April 27 to May 12, 2007 at St. James Episcopal Church in Bowie, MD.

From our web site:

MURDER TAKES THE STAGE by James Reach. Directed by Jo Rake. Produced by Betsy Delaney

This exciting mystery takes place at a Summer Theater, run by one Jane Bond, where a new play’s being rehearsed to open the season.Mitzi, Jane’s eager and lovely niece, has just joined the company. She’s a crime stories addict and she’s the heroine of the ensuing proceedings. Drew Pelman, the play’s author, has somehow managed to sign Hazel Laverne, glamorous theater personality, to star. It’s soon apparent Hazel’s cordially detested by most of the troupe who know her professionally from the past. During a rehearsal, a gun supposedly loaded with blanks is fired at Hazel, and she plays a very convincing death scene—for she’s truly dead! The local Sheriff and Mitzi’s set a most ingenious trap for the murderer.

Characters still open:

Jane Bond (35-45) runs a summer theater. A person of obvious breeding, she is personable, well-mannered and quietly efficient.

Sara Farnham (50s) is a former star whose looks are faded. She has a strong personality and the manners of a “Grande Dame”.

Ollie Dunning (30-45), the director of “the play”, is a poised, secure man with the personality of a leader. [May be cast female.]

Hal Rush (30-40s) is an actor usually assigned to character roles. He is not particularly attractive and has a caustic and unpleasant manner.

Read more on our web site


Betsy Marks Delaney
Artistic Director
OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company

Reminder time!!! – NOTE CORRECTED TIME!

Hello, all!

This is a quick reminder that we’re holding auditions for /Murder Takes the Stage/ this Monday (1/29) at the Glenn Dale Fire Dept. from 7-[9]pm. [Oops!!!]

Callbacks (if necessary) will take place this coming Tuesday.

If you need more information, visit our web site at:

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company


Betsy Marks Delaney
Artistic Director
OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company

ANNOUNCING Auditions for “Murder Takes the Stage,” an OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company Production


AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR “Murder Takes the Stage”

What: OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2) will hold auditions for “Murder Takes the Stage,” a play written by James Reach, directed by Jo Rake, produced by Betsy R. Delaney. Performances by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Performance dates are April 27 to May 12, 2007.

Director Jo Rake is seeking six men, ages 25 to 60, and seven women, ages 18 to 70. All roles are open. All ethnicities are welcome. Auditions will consist of cold readings.

When: on Sunday, January 28, 2007 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM and Monday, January 29, 2007 from 7 to 9 PM.

Where: The meeting hall at Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department, 11900 Glenn Dale Blvd (MD 193), Glenn Dale, MD

Also seeking: Production designers/team members and technicians.

Comments: For additional information, including play summary and character descriptions, visit the website at or contact the director at 301-262-5201 or

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2), founded in 2004, is devoted to the experience of theatre in all its forms. O2B2 encourages an environment of experimentation with all aspects of production, from acting to technical to administration. O2B2>s primary focus is on theatre about theatre.

CONTACT: Jo Rake, Director
Voice: 301-262-5201 – Fax: 413.751.7320

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