Dial M for Murder opens Aug. 16 at TheatreSquared

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A new version of the play that inspired the Hitchcock thriller Dial M For Murder is set to open in Fayetteville.

TheatreSquared will perform their adaptation of the “twisty and timeless crime thriller” beginning Aug. 16 and running through Sept. 10 at their state-of-the-art facility in Downtown Fayetteville.

The show, written by playwright Frederick Knott, debuted in London’s West End and on Broadway in 1952. Alfred Hitchcock, who was a fan of the play, signed on to direct the film version starring Grace Kelley and Ray Milland in his classic adaptation released in 1954.

Now comes a new adaptation, this time by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, set to be performed at TheatreSquared. Broadway World called it “funny and fraught, with modern updates for a more interesting love triangle with even harsher consequences if it were revealed.”

From the synopsis:

Tony Wendice married his wife for her money. Now he plans to kill her for it. Is this twisty mystery of forbidden romance, blackmail, and betrayal the perfect crime—or will Scotland Yard’s best detective crack the case?

Melissa Rain Anderson, a New York-based director, actor, and acting coach, will direct the show for T2.

“Having worked on the original script, I was immediately drawn to the updates of this version with new pressures and clever twists,” Anderson said. “It’s brilliantly constructed, where you think you are watching a thriller and it very quickly becomes a mystery. It is such a clever design for a thriller to suddenly come unhinged and we watch as the pieces unravel, change course and unravel again.”

The creative team for the show includes Kimberly V. Powers as scenic designer; Ruby Kemph as costume designer; Minjoo Kim as lighting designer; PAWorthington as sound designer; Brodie Jasch as props designer; and Emely Zepeda as production stage manager.

The cast includes Ka-Ling Cheung, Almanya Narula, Colin Sphar, Kieran Cronin, and Eric Dean White.

Tickets to the show range from $20-$64, on sale now at theatre2.org. Full and partial season passes are also available.