Oklahoma Baptist University's College Players presents "The Real Inspector Hound," a comedic "whodunit" production depicting a murder mystery and the unique characters left to figure it out. The play will be presented Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m., with all performances in OBU's Craig-Dorland Theatre located in Shawnee Hall.
The play-within-a-play takes place at Muldoon Manor, the home of Lady Cynthia Muldoon. During an evening of playing cards, Lady Muldoon and her party are joined by madman Simon Gascoyne and Inspector Hound, who arrives to investigate a murder, though no murder has yet taken place. The play takes a comedic look at the investigation and the mysterious characters who become involved.
"One thing that is unique to this production is that the audience will be sitting on stage with the actors, so expect a lot of audience involvement," said James Criswell, the production's director. "This play is a satire of the murder mystery genre using over-the-top characters you might find in classic comedies like the Carol Burnett show, Saturday Night Live, or MadTV."
College Players is a campus organization open to theater and non-theater majors and focuses on promoting creativity, performance and originality. College Players annually produces two Evening of Entertainment productions which range from variety shows to full-length plays.
"The Real Inspector Hound" cast includes Shawnee resident Clint Cannon; Troy Ford, a sophomore from Wagner, Okla.; Daniel Lay, a senior from Boise City, Okla., Austin Ledbetter, a junior from Daytona Beach, Fla.; Rachel Raney, a freshman from Tecumseh, Okla.; Kate Rutledge, a senior from Carrollton, Texas; Eric Strimple, a senior from Bartlesville, Okla.; and Kendra Watkins, a junior from Meeker, Okla.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the OBU Box Office at (405) 878-2347 or visiting the box office located in OBU's Sarkeys Telecommunication Center. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for children age 12 and younger.