'Inspector Hound' to spoof popular whodunits

cast imageWith the goal of taking audience members on a farcical theatrical ride, Oswego students will continue the comical whodunit “The Real Inspector Hound” in Waterman Theatre this weekend.

“The audience will enjoy all the trappings of a clever 1930s Agatha Christie spoof filled with glamorous costumes, mysterious comings and goings, blood-curdling howls from a demented hound, the occasional gunshot and special effects—even a body or two,” said Jerry Bradley, who directs the production.

“Inspector Hound” comes from the mind and pen of British playwright Tom Stoppard. Considered one of the greatest living playwrights in the English language, Stoppard was a London drama critic before achieving his first success as a playwright with “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” He has also penned other critically acclaimed plays such as “Jumpers,” “Travesties,” “Arcadia” and, most recently on Broadway, “The Invention of Love.”

Stoppard is perhaps best known in America for “Shakespeare in Love,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay, with the 1998 movie also winning an Oscar for Best Picture. He also co-wrote the screenplay of the 1985 cult classic “Brazil” with Terry Gilliam.

“Inspector Hound” will be the first Oswego production for Bradley. Hailing from New York City, Bradley joined the theatre department this fall as a visiting assistant professor.

“The most challenging aspect of directing this wonderful play has proven to be the casting. With only eight roles to fill and so many talented students to choose from, it was a difficult process,” Bradley said. “I look forward to directing a larger cast play in the future so that I can enjoy the experience of working with more of our students.”

The second weekend of performances will take place at 8 p.m. March 3 and 4, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. March 5. Tickets cost $10, $9 for seniors and students, and $7 for SUNY Oswego students.

For information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or tickets@oswego.edu.

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MYSTERY SPOOF—From left are Brian Heyman in the title role, Kathryn Kobos (Lady Cynthia) and Gloria McAndrew (Mrs. Drudge).

CONTACT: Kelly Cullinan, 312-3097

(Posted: Feb 01, 2006)