PLAYWRIGHT SAM HAVENS TALKS ABOUT HIS PLAY
MURDER AT THE BOOK CLUB
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: All stories have mysteries and secrets but the murder mystery is its own special genre. I was inspired by Agatha Christie, of course, also a wonderful novel and movie: The List of Adrian Messenger.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I love this dialogue exchange:
KENNETH: Yes, sir. I saw the man. He was crooked and walking all slouchy.
LIVIA: I think Kenneth means to say: "bent over."
KENNETH: Yep. The man was limping and slacky and decomposed.
LIVIA: Thank you, dear Kenneth. We get the picture.
KENNETH: Yes, Miss. I'm sorrowful this happened.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: The characters are amalgams of people I know in real life.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: I want the audience to match wits with Inspector McAdoo as they try to solve the mystery.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: Writing this play was great fun. I followed no pattern, I just improvised.
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