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Mystery Reading Series

Presented by Arts Collective & the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo)

January 25, 26, 27, 2019
Monteabaro Recital Hall

Directed by Tara Hart, Daniel Johnston,
S.G. Kramer

Three separate and distinctly directed “whodunit” mystery plays will be presented as staged readings this January! This 2nd annual play reading series includes the following mystery plays: “Classic,” “Clue” and “The Real Inspector Hound.” Audiences are invited to unravel all three thrilling mysteries, which will be given passionate voice by a talented collective of HCC students, staff, faculty, and guest artists. Each reading will be followed by post-reading discussions with the cast, directors, and special guests, with complimentary refreshments. Details & Ticket Info below!
Friday, 1/25, 7:30 p.m.
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 Saturday, 1/26, 7:30 p.m.
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Sunday, 1/27, 2:00 p.m.
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  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019, 7:30pm

    An original play written and directed by Daniel Johnston
    Nothing out of the ordinary was expected when a disreputable authoress penned a tired script for a murder-mystery party she was throwing, but when the murder element becomes all too real, buried secrets begin to surface and trust is abolished. [Please be advised that “Classic” includes dialogue referencing and describing an act of sexual violence.]
    Narrator: Bruce Leipold
    Quinn Arden (The Spinster): Sarah Robinson
    Stephen Wicke (The General): Danny Bertaux
    Ellen Barr-Lenor (The Doctor): Emma McDonnell
    Donovan Arden (The Scientist): Michael Makar
    Jesse Carter (The Actor): Allie Press
    Nadine Forsythe (The Servant): Yumiko Siegfried
    Kendall Johnson (The Musician): Chris Sisson
    Detective Narracott: Tim Wolf
  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019, 7:30pm 

    Based on the Paramount Pictures motion picture, based on the Hasbro board game Clue, adapted by Hunter Foster, Jonathan Lynn, Eric Price, Sandy Rustin
    Directed by S.G. Kramer
    A deserted mansion on a dark and stormy night in New England, 1954… what could go wrong? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer before the body count stacks up.
    Narrators: Kathryn Marshal & Karen Eske
    Ensemble: Kelli Jones & Celine Jones-Cameron
    Wadsworth: Emma McDonnell
    Yvette: Dana Fleischer
    Miss. Scarlet: Rachel Adams
    Colonel Mustard: Apryl Motley
    Mrs. Peacock: Stephanie May
    Mrs. White: Julie Jones
    Professor Plumb: Judy Templeton
    Mr. Green: Jamie Barrios
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019, 2:00pm: 

    by Tom Stoppard
    Directed by Tara Hart
    The Real Inspector Hound, (written in the 1960s), is a one-act play by Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, Shakespeare in Love) that comically parodies Agatha Christie’s style of country house murder mysteries and collapses the walls among players, critics, and audiences to reveal deeper, darker truths about power and identity.
    Narrator: Susan Thornton Hobby
    Birdboot: Chip Mortimer
    Moon: Mayumi B. Griffie
    Mrs. Drudge: Valerie Lash
    Cynthia: Melissa Paper-Garthoff
    Felicity: Emily Groves
    Simon: Daniel Johnston
    Magnus: Gary Grabau
    Inspector Hound: Stephen Horvath

Tickets Options
All Tickets: $10
Parental Guidance Note: Recommended for ages 12 and up. No one under 10 years of age admitted.
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Discount: Attend all 3 for $25
Parental Guidance Note: Recommended for ages 12 and up. No one under 10 years of age admitted.

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-Driving Directions: HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
-Building Map, Monteabaro Recital Hall
-Parking: West Garage is recommended. 

About the Directors:

Tara_HartTara Hart (Director - The Real Inspector Hound) is chair of the HCC Humanities Department that Arts Collective now calls home. A professor and winner of the Pushcart Prize for poetry, she teaches courses in creative writing, happiness, contemporary poetry, and the intersections of arts, cultures, and ideas, and serves as co-chair of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), an in-residence community arts partner. She has performed in AC’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore and The Christmas Carol, and in 2017 directed the Revolutionary Readings series play The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. She is thrilled to have another wonderful opportunity to direct with Sue and Daniel, and to Hound audiences in this year’s Mystery Reading Series.

Daniel JohnstonDaniel Johnston (Director: Classic) has worked with HCC’s Arts Collective (AC) in many creative capacities on and off the stage since 2008 as performer, director, assistant director, playwright, designer, and stage manager. Most recent AC credits include AC’s 8th original play Making Advances; “What Improv Group?!”, HCC’s resident improv group; Holiday Memories; and the 2017 “Revolutionary Reading Series." Daniel also wrote and directed the critically acclaimed stage play House., which premiered during AC’s 2015-2016 season. House. was also produced at Laurel Mill Playhouse, where Daniel also directed Laughing Stock and is currently directing Agatha Christie's Spider's Web. He is also a screenwriter of the free-streaming horror movie “The Stalker” (search for it on VIMEO under Vague Productions). Currently AC’s Marketing and Office Associate, as well as a part-time student studying Spanish at HCC, Daniel is excited to work alongside two of his closest friends, Susan Kramer and Tara Hart, on this sure-to-be chilling weekend of mysteries!

SG KramerS.G. Kramer (Director: Clue) is honored to have been Arts Collective’s producing artistic director since its inception in 1994. Over the past three decades Kramer has worked in the Baltimore-Metro area as director, designer and performer. Most recent projects directed include AC’s original, devised plays, Making Advances and Inheritors: The Nature of Keys, as well as AC’s production of Truman Capote’s Holiday Memories, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which was featured during last season’s "Revolutionary Play Reading Series". She celebrates Arts Collective’s beautiful integration with Howard Community College’s magical Humanities Department, and the continued gift of working side by side with Tara Hart, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Luckadoo, Emma K. McDonnell, and the many powerful beyond measure artists on and off the stage. She is over the moon about the mysteries AC's 2nd annual Play Reading Series will bring!

About Arts Collective's Partnerships:

The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, known as HoCoPoLitSo (, is a community not-for-profit literary arts organization committed to cultivating appreciation for high-quality contemporary poetry and literature and celebrating culturally diverse literary heritages. As an HCC community-partner-in-residence, HoCoPoLitSo looks forward to supporting the emergence of new voices when the page meets the stage.

About HCC’s Arts Collective
Howard Community College's critically acclaimed Arts Collective engages performers, creatives, and audiences with innovative events that ignite our collective imaginations. For over two decades, Arts Collective has served as a creative cauldron, providing expert guidance and training to new and experienced artists in bringing vibrant life to diverse works on the stage; from the newly devised to the classics and all in between.  Arts Collective’s positive, collaborative, educational environment is open to everyone. Join us in creating new heights of learning and possibility. Ignite your imagination!

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