The Francis Marion University Theatre will present “Red Herring,” by Michael Hollinger, April 14-16.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 843-661-1365, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m., for seating availability.
Three love stories, a murder mystery, and a nuclear espionage plot converge in this noir comedy about marriage and other explosive devices. It’s 1952: America’s on the verge of the H-bomb, Dwight Eisenhower’s on the campaign trail, and I Love Lucy’s on Monday nights. Meanwhile, Sen. Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy, and Boston detective Maggie Pelletier has to find out who dumped the dead guy in the harbor – or else lose out on a honeymoon in Havana. A blunt-nosed, sharp-eyed look at love and tying (and untying, and retying) the knot.
The production is directed by associate professor D. Keith Best, with set and lighting design by associate professor David Granath and costume design by assistant professor Abigail Wurster.
The cast and crew of the play, by hometown, are:
Darlington: Jocqlene Maria Wright (Lynn McCarthy)
Dillon: Matthew Smith (Herbert, Bartender)
Florence: Matt Baker (Frank Keller), Brannon Lewis (Harry), Jonathan Mullins (Woody, Major Hartwell), David Sistare (Petey, Dr. Kasden)
Goose Creek: Shakita Walker (Clerk)
Hartsville: Melissa Bjorgen (Florence Kravitz)
Latta: Sandra Roberts (Mrs. Van Nostrand)
Marion: DeJuan Conner (Priest)
Pawleys Island: Vincent Triana (James Appel)
Quinby: Jessica Seaman (Mrs. McCarthy)
Timmonsville: Paullet Weaver (Maggie Pelletier)
Walterboro: Andrew Cogswell (Andrei Borchevsky)
Winnsboro: Kyle Brazell (Corpse)
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